Puesto: Puesto, West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA Puesto at the new and improved Seaport Village “Headquarters” is some of the tastiest Mexican food I’ve had North of the border. The street taco style from Tijuana plays out in about a dozen creative hand held tacos. You can get a plate of 3 for $11 dollars and you will leave stuffed and ever so happy. The options for the taco fillings are plentiful. Including the classic San Diegan fish taco, carnitas (pulled pork), grilled shrimp, lobster and beef as well a good number of vegetarian types. There’s really something for everyone here. The entire plaza has been transformed into shopping and restaurants in what was formerly the old police station and a prison. There’s a very interesting preserved part of the jail to walk through while you wait for your table. Check out the wanted posters! They are hysterical! The interior of the restaurant has old remnants of what was housed there before. There are staircases hanging from the ceilings and it’s decorated with graffiti style street art. It’s a very intriguing and colorful place. Taco Tuesday happy hours have $1 tacos and $1 Tecate beers! Don’t miss out on that!
Izakaya Masa: 928 Fort Stockton Dr, San Diego, CA
Izakaya Masa was recommended to me by a great foodie friend and she told me just what to order. And she was right! You must try the: Takutsu ramen (get the half bowl size), the Tuna Carpaccio, a spicy yellow tail roll, pork gyoza and a Sapporo big beer.
The ramen bowls come in 2 sizes and are more than generous. Even the half size is very filling and the full size is enormous.
The tuna carpaccio is gorgeous, it’s topped with some oily sauce and crispy fried garlic slices that match perfectly with the tuna. I could eat one or two of these on my own.
The pork gyoza are so lightly fried on the bottom you can tell yourself they’re healthy. They are light and melt in your mouth.
We also tried the “San Diego Dream Roll” that was beautifully displayed and the little crunchies on top were so good! The roll is stuffed with generous portions of tuna, salmon, and avocado. It’s topped with caviar too, it really is a San Diego dream.
The restaurant is hidden in a strip mall filled with lawyers’ offices. While it’s not the place you’d expect to find top notch sushi, the line out the door says otherwise. Come on a weekday night and come early and the line won’t be too bad!