I finished working on a production in Tijuana for three months, and I’ve been in Taco heaven! I’m spoiled with having so many delicious tacos and for half the price I pay back home.
You can find all the meat in Mexico, starting in TJ! Theses Taco stands have all the parts of the animal you can think of. Not much is wasted.
The first taco establishment I was recommended was Taqueria Franc, a place that is known for their “Adobada” Tacos, aka “Al Pastor” tacos. When I first saw “Adobada” on the menu, I had no idea what that was, and then I was confused as to why I couldn’t find “Al Pastor” on
the menu even though I saw it cooking on a the vertical rotisserie. I then found out that in Tijuana and other states such as Michoacan and Jalisco, it is referred to as “Adobada,” which means marinated.
In San Diego, there was an “Al Pastor” contest, where Taqueria Franc participated and won 1st place. Since then, many Americans have crossed the border for a plate of tacos.
The next place that became my favorite was Taconazo, there a couple of these locations throughout Tijuana, but it was the one on Hipodromo Avenue, down the street of the Grand Hotel that was the best. Not only did I enjoy all their meats, I loved their vegetarian taco too! The “Vegetarian” comes with grilled cactus and guacamole, and topped with pico de gallo and hot sauce. I never thought I would be ordering a vegetarian taco but it is that good.
The employees provide a happy ambience with great memories of your order once you’ve gone two or three times. This became my Sunday night ritual. I would uber to the place, pick up my 6 tacos (hey, it was my sunday funday), pick up a “suero” at my hotel bar, and go up to my room to watch Game of Thrones while chowing down.
What were these tacos made of? Tripas, Cabeza, Lengua, Adobada, and if they weren’t out of it…Ojo (eyes)
Blvd. Sánchez Taboada 9013
22000 Tijuana, Baja California
Hipodromo 126, Tijuana, Mexico