More than fish tacos (but plenty of fish tacos) from the pages of Edible San Diego.
San Diego County is a microcosm of the world: Perched on the beach and nestled on the border with Mexico, San Diego County’s farms, orchards, wineries, and scenic back-country are interwoven in a landscape reflecting dense indigenous habitation, Spanish missions, and frontier settlements. Dozens of quaint beach towns and hip urban neighborhoods invite you to explore from north to south and east to west. If you’re headed to San Diego County, make time to explore the diverse landscape through tours of the wine country and a visit to the historic fisher market. Meander through the numerous, year-round farmers markets and the eclectic, delicious, and walkable neighborhoods. Whatever you do, don’t leave San Diego without eating at least one iconic fish tacos.
Oh, those fish tacos
The fish is battered. The tortillas are soft. The cabbage is crunchy. And San Diego is positively littered with them. From funky food trucks that draw crowds from miles around to farmers market vendors using fish fresh off the boat, find the best fish tacos in town with this guide.
The freshest fish around
If you’re visiting friends or in a vacation rental, you may want to cook the fish yourself. If you do—or if you just want to see a local, sustainable fish market, check out Tuna Harbor Dockside Market. Despite San Diego’s seaside location, the market has only been around a few years—finally connecting more people to the fresh seafood at their doorstep. Don’t worry if you don’t want to cook, as you might guess, there are great food vendors on site, too.
Stunning sunshine-made produce
California’s Central Valley might get all the agriculture props, but SoCal is still home to plenty of productive farms growing everything from greens to sweet citrus and glorious berries. See it all—and taste it, too—at the vibrant farmers markets of San Diego.
Live like a local
Once you’ve done your tourist thing, head to the Hillcrest neighborhood for a meal at Trust, a lively neighborhood spot that does more than farm-to-table. Ranch-to-table and sea-to-table are part of the deal as well.
Get out of town
If the big city gets you down, take a drive to Escondido for good eats and fun. Or ferry to Coronado for some beach time, historic neighborhoods, and plenty of delicious food choice. Or pack in farm and garden visits in Encinitas.