3 Best Places to Eat Mexican Food in San Diego

Published: November 25, 2013

When you're a college student in San Diego and you go to a Mexican restaurant for the first time, it's usually an unforgettable experience. San Diego has some of the best all around cuisine to offer in California, but the area is especially known for its Mexican food. In this list, I'll cover 3 really good places to eat Mexican food in San Diego, focusing primarily on the Clairemont and Clairemont Mesa area.

  1. Vallarta Mexican Express

    It's 3 in the morning and you're writing a paper for your Humanities class. Where do you go when you have the late night appetite? Vallarta Mexican Express on Balboa and Genesee Avenue of course! Vallarta is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is easily accessible from the UC San Diego campus by car. There are also busses that go there, but obviously the bus line shuts down after a certain time. If you are a UC San Diego student, you definitely need to check this place out and get a California burrito.

  2. Cotixan Mexican Food

    Again, it's 3 in the morning, and you're doing another Humanities paper. You're hungry, but you don't want Vallarta. Where can you go? Cotixan has a menu that is similar to Vallarta but with a different flavor. It's true, most of the popular items on Cotixan's menu are very similar to the popular items on the Vallarta menu. However, Cotixan is a different restaurant that uses different ingredients. You'll definitely be able to taste the difference, and it's another highly recommended Mexican restaurant.

  3. Lolita's Taco Shop

    Lolita's is probably all around one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the state of California. They offer a lot of really good food for a decent price. Every day, they also offer a combination that you can purchase that is generally worth it. The inside is pretty spacious, which is a good thing because the restaurant gets crowded during the rush periods. The carne asada fries are amazing, as are their burritos and tacos. Lolita's is the only restaurant on this list that is not open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but it's definitely worth your time and money.

I highly recommend each of the Mexican restaurants on this list. Because it offers the best food at the best price, my favorite restaurant is Lolita's. There's one in the Clairemont Mesa area, and additionally if you're a baseball fan, there's also one next to Petco Park. Feel free to check each of them out.