Nestled on the cliff of the San Elijo campgrounds in Cardiff, Calif. is Bull Taco, a hidden gem of the San Diego area. Using the slogan “inauthentic Mexican,” this little taco shop draws in anyone from surfers heading up from the beach to families to visitors from out of town. Although it’s out of view from the street, those in the know have given the restaurant some of the best reviews in the city. After entering through the campground there’s a patio with a small shack, picnic tables, and a long bar-style seating area that features views of the horizon.
There are so many great Mexican food restaurants in San Diego, as well as many ocean views, what makes Bull Taco special? It’s their unique way of crafting Mexican food. They serve classic tacos, such as carne asada, chicken, and fish, but they also serve a shrimp curry taco, a surf and turf taco, and the “S B C,” which is shrimp, bacon, and chorizo, all topped with sriracha sour cream.
Bull Taco also puts their “inauthentic Mexican” twist on the California burrito, too, which includes carne asada, guacamole, Cheddar cheese, tater tots, rice, onions, and cilantro. Additionally, they serve breakfast tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tortas, all of which include their signature tater tots and sriracha sour cream.
Besides offering delicious, creative combinations and having a low-key and local vibe, why should you try Bull Taco? They’re a local business, and a far cry from your typical hole-in-the-wall taco shop.
In the last year, Bull Taco has expanded to open new locations in Encinitas, Del Mar, Oceanside, and San Clemente. Hopefully the opening of the new locations doesn’t take away from the innovative initial attitude and aesthetic of the original Bull Taco, but allows it to be better-known and appreciated. Only time will tell.