Kirbie's Cravings

The Taco Stand

photo of the outside of the The Taco StandThe Taco Stand is a family owned taquería inspired by the taco stands of Tijuana. The popular taquería recently opened their third location in San Diego.
photo of the inside of The Taco Stand
We actually haven’t had a chance to visit any of their other locations but the original La Jolla location has been on my to-do list. This weekend, I had plans to visit the La Jolla restaurant. However, when we got there, we were told that they were temporarily closed due to computer issues. Gah!
photo of meat roasting on a spit
So, we left, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the tacos I had been planning on eating. Later that afternoon, we were heading to North County, so we decided to make a detour to their newest outpost in Encinitas, which has been open less than a week.

close-up photo of AL PASTOR tacos
This is their most popular taco and you can see the meat roasting on a vertical spit when you enter the restaurant. The pork was quite flavorful, though I did find the pineapple slightly overwhelming. All their tacos are served on their house-made corn tortillas. The corn tortillas are made fresh daily and you could definitely taste their freshness.

The Taco Stand also has a salsa bar with a variety of salsas you can help yourself to.

close-up photo of CARNE ASADA tacos
This was a pretty classic carne asada taco. All the ingredients were well-executed, but nothing really stood out. We added some of the house-made salsas for a little extra flavor.

close-up photo of a CAMARON taco
The shrimp had a definite spicy kick and were covered in a creamy, zesty chipotle tomato sauce.

I was hoping to try the fresh churros, which I’ve seen photos of from the La Jolla location. Unfortunately, they are not currently offered at the Encinitas store.

Overall, we had a nice first visit here. I can see why this taco stand is popular, as the tacos we had all tasted good and fresh.

photo of the meniphoto of the menu

The Taco Stand
multiple locations
642 S Coast Hwy 101,
Encinitas, CA 92024

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