What are the best Mexican restaurants in San Diego?

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Julia Weiler

It’s no surprise that some of San Diego’s tastiest and most festive Mexican restaurants can be found in Old Town, after all the area was designed to showcase San Diego’s Mexican heritage. 

For a fiesta-worthy dining experience that pays homage to the area’s namesake visit Old Town Café.  With rustic wooden floors and corrugated tin ceilings supported by open beams painted in scream-out-loud colors, it’s the perfect place to party, especially during daily happy hour featuring food and drink specials.

El Fandango is another Old Town favorite.  The cool layout features a traditional adobe building flanked by shady armadas covered in blooming bougainvillea. Vibrant hand-painted murals adorn the walls while richly hued terra cotta tiles create a warm dance floor on which to groove to the live musical entertainment featured daily.  The palate-pleasing cuisine is authentic, the portions are large and the margaritas are strong and frosty.

Nearby Barra Barra Saloon and Casa de Reyes restaurant offers two exciting experiences to choose from right in the heart of Old Town.  Nestled amongst bustling shops in a plaza known as Fiesta de Reyes, the saloon features a wide array of specialty tequilas for adults while kids dine gratis with the purchase of adult entrees.  Meanwhile, the restaurant boasts old-fashioned Mexican cuisine served in a garden-like setting as live entertainment lights up the stage.

For more information on dining in Old Town visit: http://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com

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