Thanks to our close proximity to the border, San Diego’s plate runneth over with delicioso tacos options. Americanized or muy auténtico taco varieties are seemingly endless: battered fish to grilled shrimp to al pastor, flour tortillas or corn, guacamole, crema or pico de gallo. With so many options abounding around town, everyone in your family will find something that will make their tummy say “Gracias!” Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday! Read on to see cinco of our favorite places to grab these handheld culinary delights.

photo: Senor Grubby's

Senor Grubby's

This North County resto serves up huge burritos and yummy tacos in a casual, beachside setting. Open all day, you can pop in for a breakfast burrito or huevos rancheros or stop by after a day at the beach and order from their extensive taco menu. Pork belly, garlic shrimp, Bubba's BBQ, carnitas — they've got it all. Their kids menu features everything from burritos and quesadillas to grilled cheese and bacon dogs.

Senor Grubby's
377 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca 92008


photo: Puesto


This SoCal chain has locations in La Jolla and The Headquarters in San Diego, each featuring bright and colorful decor and a laid-back, hip vibe. If your kids are adventurous, get a plate of chiccarones to start or the Puesto Perfect Guacamole made with Parmigiano Reggiano. The kids meal is a home run with a quesadilla, avocado and taco of choice plus aqua fresca. Add a frozen dessert taco for a few bucks more.

789 West Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92101

1026 Wall St.
La Jolla, Ca 92037

Casa Guadalajara

This Old Town staple serves up tacos and more in a vibrant Mexican atmosphere, complete with a courtyard, folk art and even mariachi music, sure to keep your gang entertained until the food arrives. Their extensive menu can satisfy any craving and features everything from chimichangas to ceviche. They also have traditional grilled fish tacos and carne asada tacos. The kids menu features rolled tacos or grilled chicken tacos. For dessert, try the churros or flan.

Casa Guadalajara
4105 Taylor St.
San Diego, Ca 92110

Lucha Libre

What kid wouldn't get a kick out of the wrestling decor at this popular taco spot? Matches play on TV, while photos and gear adorn the walls. But it's what's on the inside that counts and Lucha Libre has got you covered. Their menu includes fresh ingredients and homemade salsas. Popular tacos include the Queso, Surf & Turf, and Classic — all priced under $5.00. Kids menu and "TJ" hot dogs wrapped in bacon are also available.

Lucha Libre
1810 W. Washington St.
San Diego, Ca 92103

3016 University Ave.
San Diego, Ca 92104

Marisco's Nine Seas

Fans rave about this South Park food truck, serving up fresh Mexican seafood in a parking lot. And nothing is more kid-friendly than a place without waiters, tables or metal utensils. Located a few blocks west of Grape Street dog park, it's the perfect spot for a quick bite after running around with your four-legged family members. The taco menu leans heavy on seafood — garlic shrimp, fish, marlin — but also has beef if your kids are anti-fish. They also have giant quesadillas if your kids are also anti-taco.

Marisco's Nine Seas
3030 Grape St.
San Diego, Ca 92102
Online: Marisco's Nine Seas (Facebook)

Where do your kids love to eat tacos? Let us know in the comments below!

— Michelle Franklin