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40+ Taco Tuesday Specials in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)

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North County San Diego is a mecca of Taco Tuesday specials. Tuesdays are the unofficial days for this traditional Mexican dish. Here is the ultimate list for where you and your friends and family can get street or gourmet tacos at budget-friendly prices. Which one’s your favorite?

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(Del Mar to Oceanside)

1. Kotija Jr

All day Tuesday get fish tacos for $1.99 or any meat taco for $1.25.

2. Los Primos Mexican Food

Come hungry for two street tacos for $3 (chicken, adobada, carnitas, fish, or steak) or two crunchy tacos for $3.50 (beef or chicken).

3. Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13

The second day of the work week is “Taco Tequila Trivia Tuesday” at Cardiff Beach Bar. Get a carnitas taco ($4), fried cod taco ($4.50), carne asada taco ($6), or a fresh fish taco ($7.50) with chips and salsa. Drink and taco specials run from 3:30 to close (10 pm). Pair your taco with a Pacifico draft or a house margarita for $4. Trivia Night goes from 7 to 9 pm.

4. Solace and the Moonlight Lounge

Stop by from 3 to 9 pm for $4 tacos. Their ancho carnitas tacos has cabbage, aleppo crema, onion and cilantro. Their romesco chicken tacos are made with pickled fresno jalapeños, cabbage, and radish.

5. The Taco Stand

With a wide selection of salsa options, Taco Stand offers $2.50 pollo asado, nopal, and pastor tacos on Tuesdays.

6. D Street Bar & Grill

Celebrate that it’s almost hump day with “Mas Cerveza Taco Tuesdays” at D Street Bar & Grill. From 11 am to 10 pm get $2 beer battered fish tacos, $3 Pacifico drafts, and $4 margaritas. How can you go wrong?

7. UNION Kitchen & Tap

Taco Tuesdays feature $2 off margaritas and $5 tacos (carne asada, achiote chicken, grilled yellowtail, chef’s creation). Add rice and beans for $3.

8. The Bier Garden of Encinitas

The Bier Garden offers $3 street tacos, bottles of Pacifico or Victoria, and $5 El Jimador margaritas.

9. Lumberyard Tavern

Stop by for “Tri-Tip Tuesdays.” Apart from sandwiches and any other tri-tip entree you could imagine, you can get tri-tip tacos for $3.95.

10. Miguel’s Cocina

Get $1 off all tacos on Tuesdays. Their meat choices include marinated steak, pork belly tacos, crispy ahi tuna, batter-fried white fish fillets, carne asada, Sonoran-spiced grilled swordfish, Mexican beer-battered shrimp with lime crema, or marinated and blackened chicken.

11. Coyote Bar & Grill

Tuesdays after 4 pm you can get $3.50 tacos (carnitas, baja fish, grilled chicken, grilled steak, grilled fish, cajun shrimp) and $5 house margaritas and Dos Equis draft.

12. Norte Mexican Food & Cocktail

Norte Mexican Food & Cocktail has an authentic Mexican food restaurant vibe with a homey and rustic atmosphere. Pay them a visit on Tuesday nights (4 pm to 9 pm) to get $2 tacos and Tecate beers. Taco meat options include chicken, shredded beef, pork, carne or chicken asada, carnitas, fish (Mahi Mahi), and grilled or deep-fried shrimp.

13. Señor Grubby’s

Señor Grubby’s serves up Mexican food with a California twist. Try their pastor or carnitas tacos all day Tuesday for $1.50 (originally $2.55). Tuesday specials also extend to drinks. Quench your thirst with $3 Mexican draft beers. Have your fill with $2 fish and duck chicharrones.

14. Fish District

Get $1 off battered cod tacos all day!

15. Hacienda de Vega

Both Hacienda de Vega locations feature Hacienda-style elements like cobblestones, fountains, wipe glazed walls, all wrapped up with an elegant touch. Bring your friends for Taco Tuesday (3 pm to 10 pm) to indulge in $3 street tacos that include carnitas, carne asada, al pastor, cochinita pibil (Yucatan-style barbecued pork), grilled chicken, and mahi mahi. Get a sampler for the whole gang for $15.

16. Las Olas

Get “baja-style” fish tacos or carnitas tacos for $4 from 4 pm to 9 pm on Tuesdays. Other menu items on special include spicy bean dip, flautas, taquitos, and nachos (beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa fresca, and your choice of meat). Wash it down with $2 off their house margarita, pineapple n’ chile margarita, wine by the glass, or draft beer of the month.

17. Miramar Fish Tacos & Beer

Enjoy delicious Mexican seafood fare at Miramar Fish Tacos & Beer. On Tuesdays, they have an all-day special where you can get their fish taco deep fried in a house batter served with tomato, cabbage, and cream for $1.25 (originally $1.75). If you’re there from 3 to 6 pm on Tuesday, take advantage of their Happy Hour specials like three grilled fish tacos for $8, three smoked tuna tacos for $9, or three mixed tacos (smoked tuna, grilled fish, and salmon) for $9.

18. Los Tacos

Los Tacos offers handmade corn tortillas fresh off the grill. Come on Tuesdays nights (5 pm to 11 pm) for $1.50 street tacos with your choice of meat (pollo asado, carne asada, carnitas, or al pastor). Normal taco prices range from $2.35 to $2.55 each. Their customer-favorite al pastor tacos come with cilantro, onions, and a few pineapple slices.

19. Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster offers tons of Baja California-style fish entrees. They also have Taco Tuesday specials all day. Get a grilled chicken or carne asada street taco topped with onions, cilantro, and their housemade “kick ass sauce” for $2. You can also get a blackened ahi tuna taco with cabbage, wasabi dressing pico de gallo, avocado, and their sauce for $3. Don’t want to choose between meat and fish? Give their surf and turf taco with cheese, ranchero beans, and pickled onions a try for $3. Their San Felipe style fish taco features a “crispy-fried” flaky white fish topped with shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and their own sauce creation for $3. Wash it all down with their frozen house ritas for $5.

20. Los Amigos Mexican Food

Get street tacos for just $1 all day on Tuesday. Choose from carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, pollo asado, shredded beef, shredded chicken, chorizo, buche, cabeza, or tripa meat options.

21. PCH Sports Bar & Grill

From 9:30 am to 11 pm you can get two tacos for $5, three for $7, or four for $9. Choose from shredded beef, fish, carnitas, or grilled shrimp tacos.

22. Super Ranchito

This authentic mexican restaurant has 99 cent tacos all day on Tuesday (carne asada, pastor, carnitas, pollo asado, shrimp, fish).

23. Thunder Market & Bakery

Tacos (originally $1.09) are 79 cents on Tuesdays.

24. Anita’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Tuesdays get a whole lot better with $1.25 tacos. Choose chicken, beef, carnitas, carne asada, or fish meat options.

25. Sinaloa Mexican & Seafood

Get a filling fish taco for only 99 cents each on Tuesdays.

26. Tremont Street Bar and Grill

Taco Tuesdays feature $1.99 street tacos.

27. Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill

Taco Tuesdays at Lighthouse get you $3 tacos (fish, shrimp, calamari, chicken, carnitas), $5 Modelo draft, $8 chicken nachos from 3 pm to close (9 pm).

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(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)

28. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

It’ll be hard to choose just one of their $2.50 including ground beef, chicken tinga, veggie, and carnitas. If you’re especially hungry, try their $3.25 tacos (beer battered fish, barbacoa, southwest chicken). For $4 you can get a pollo asado, carne asada, smoked brisket, or mahi mahi taco.

29. Jr’s Mexican Food

Jr’s prides itself on using homemade seasoning and marinades along with 100% Angus beef in their food. Besides having delicious Mexican food, they give 20% of their profits to the community and schools in the Escondido and Poway school districts. Come support your community and try Jr’s Mexican Food street tacos for 99 cents (normally $1.99) all day on Tuesdays. Choose from carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, cabeza, or grille chicken meat options. If the dollar tacos don’t fill you up, give their Zombie Fries a try. They’re basically Carne Asada Fries with green enchilada sauce (sour cream cheese sauce).

30. Añejo Bar & Grill

This traditional Mexican restaurant doubles as a sports bar. Whether a game is on or not, head over on Tuesday to try their taco special. Get three tacos (you can only choose one meat for all) for $6. Pick from carne asada, chicken, carnitas, al pastor, and battered fish (not listed on the menu). If you stop by during Happy Hour (3 pm to 7 pm), you can get $3 draft beers, $4 imports, or $6 house margaritas (served only at the bar).

31. La Taqueria

All tacos are on sale. Prices vary between $1.50 to $2.99.

32. Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Seafood

Los Panchos family-owned restaurant has daily specials Monday through Thursday, but Tuesdays are dedicated to tacos made with handmade corn tortillas. Get a carne asada, pollo asada, beer-battered fish, beer-battered shrimp, or carnitas taco for $2 each.

33. Brigantine Seafood Restaurant

Taco Tuesday at Brigantine gives you a dollar off their featured tacos.

34. Bellamy’s Restaurant

Bellamy’s has daily lounge specials Tuesday through Saturday. On Tuesdays, get tacos for $3 with the musical stylings of pianist Jim Melone playing in the background.

35. Taco Bar

Taco Bar offers delicious Mexican dishes made with homemade tortillas for that homestyle feel. On Tuesdays, they have all of their street tacos for only $1.25 each (normally between $1.99 – $3.50) all day. Choose from lengua, tripa, birria, chorizo, asada, pastor, grilled chicken, carnitas, and cabeza tacos along with your favorite salsas and their bean soup. Like traditional Mexican street tacos, you can eat many of them before you feel full.

36. Taqueria Chispa Mexican Grill

All tacos are $1.99 (al pastor, carne asada, pollo asado, barbacoa, fish, shrimp, potato, vegetarian, cactus).

37. Tacos Alex

Bring your friends and family to get $1 al pastor or adobada street tacos.

38. Inland Tavern

Head to Inland Tavern for $2, $3, and $4 street taco specials along with $3.50 margaritas and half off tequila shots.

39. Sublime AleHouse

Sublime puts their own spin on Taco Tuesdays. For $3 you can get a carne asada, pollo asada, fish, carnitas, or buffalo (fried chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles) taco. For $3.50, try their Steakhouse Taco (tender sirloin steak, caramelized onions, blue cheese, balsamic drizzle), Hawaiian Taco (spam, pineapple, fried egg, sriracha ketchup), or California Steak Taco (steak, french fries, avocado, cheese, pico de gallo). For $5, indulge in their Sisig Taco (marinated pork collar & shoulder fried with onions and jalapeños, fried egg).

40. Cafe Stoked

Cafe Stoked has half off all tacos on Tuesdays.

41. Players Sports Bar

Not only is Tuesday $4 Pint Night on all 30 draft beers, but you can also get $2 chicken and beef tacos or $3 fish tacos until 10 pm.

42. The Original Mr. Taco

Daily specials extend from Monday to Friday. On Tuesday, get $1.25 street tacos made with pollo, carnitas, or al pastor.

43. Primo Food Mart

Visit this long-standing market in Vista for local produce and their affordable taco specials. On Tuesdays and Fridays you can get their 99 cent tacos for just 69 cents each. Their taco specials are no secret, so make sure you get there early before the dinner rush. Even with a long line, tacos are prepared surprisingly fast. You can choose from asada, adobada, carnitas, chicken, chicharrones, lengua, and cabeza tacos. Parking tends to be an issue on Tuesdays at this location, so you might need to park on the street.

44. Los Junior’s Mexican Food

Los Junior’s is a hidden gem for Mexican food aficionados. Stop by anytime on Tuesday for their “Tuesday Taco Special.” Get a potato, fish, or chicken taco for 99 cents. Normally between $2.50 and $2.99, these tacos come fully-loaded with guacamole and salsa or cabbage, salsa, and tartar sauce for fish tacos.

45. Partake Gastropub

Partake offers the best in cult wines, beers, seasonal entrees, and live music. Taco Tuesday (5pm to close) selections include the following for $3: marinated portabella, battered and deep fried with salsa fresca slaw, feta; marinated braised shredded pork with mango habanero salsa; apricot chipotle lamb with tomato cucumber arugula salsa, blackened mahi-mahi with spicy orange cilantro slaw, buttermilk fried chicken waffle taco with bacon, maple pecan syrup. Besides tacos you can also get their sides like refried black beans for $4, guacamole for $4, or their chorizo queso fundido for $7 (all served with tortillas). Live music goes from 6 pm to 8 pm. Come before the $5 sangria runs out. All tapas are under $8.

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