This is a series celebrating the little places the make the North Park neighborhood (our neighborhood 4EVA!) of San Diego great.
One of the most awesome things about living in an urban neighborhood is that delicious food is practically right at our doorstep. I had a very ambitious Friday planned: lie horizontally across the couch, eat yummy food, and watch the new season of Trailer Park Boys, which had just been released on Netflix. I could not be bothered with anything else. Getting takeout from City Tacos, our friendly neighborhood gourmet taqueria, helped turn my plans into a delicious reality. Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles would be proud.
(It WAS scrump-dilly.) Jason and I split everything so that we got to sample five different varieties. Takeout comes in a big pink box that looks like it should be filled with donuts...
Chile Relleno: Beer battered chile guero filled w/Oaxaca and Cotija cheeses, diced tomato, onion & cilantro on a house-made flour tortilla
This one was my favorite. It had a nice spiciness to it, and they chile held its shape and didn't get soggy on the way home. Great mix of crunch and cream.
Chorizo Asado: Grilled pork chorizo w/ caramelized pineapple over melted Oaxaca cheese on a house-made corn tortilla
This was also crazy delicious, though it was juuuuust on the edge of being too heavy. It was maybe the greasiest thing I've ever eaten. GREASY!
Pollo Asado: Grilled chicken breast topped with arugula, diced tomato, golden raisins and toasted almonds in a tamarind aioli on a house-made flour tortilla
This one was my least favorite, if only because it was so light in comparison to the others. When you've just taken a bite of perhaps the greasiest thing you've ever eaten, how can what is essentially a taco salad compare? I'd like to try this one on its own sometime without the comparison. YOU DON'T WIN FRIENDS WITH SALAD.
Borrego: Pulled lamb w/ wild mushrooms, cotija cheese, tomato, cilantro and fried leeks in a chipotle cream sauce on a house-made corn tortilla
This was a delight. The ingredients had formed together into a solid lump, but it was a delicious lump. The lamb, mushrooms, and fried leeks were interesting, novel, and tasty ingredients for use in a taco.
Mahi al Adobo: Seared Mahi filet in a traditional adobo rub topped with a mango habanero jelly in a smoked chipotle avocado cream sauce on a house-made flour tortilla
This one had the spicy-sweet balance down pat. The mango habanero jelly is the star. It's a but hard to tell that what you're eating is fish, but it doesn't matter with such excellent flavors going on.
Overall, my favorites were the Chile Relleno, the Borrego, and the Mahi. There are a few others that we need to go back to try. City Tacos is a great addition to the North Park neighborhood, even if it's just your partner in a night of lazy slovenliness.
Verdict: Yespls. A greasy horrorshow in the best sense of the term.
3028 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
And, BTW, the new season of Trailer Park Boys is a masterpiece. Highly recommended.