One of San Diego’s most beloved, family-owned Mexican eateries is planning to expand this summer with another location in downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter.
Eater San Diego confirms that Tacos El Gordo – the Chula Vista staple that specializes in Tijuana-style tacos – will open another eatery by the end of this summer at 5th Avenue and F Street, in a space that formerly housed a Starbucks.
A rep for the restaurant tells Eater San Diego that the company hopes to expand even further in San Diego but the downtown eatery is the only project planned at the moment.
Founded in 1972, Tacos El Gordo opened its first location in San Diego in 1998. The two local Tacos El Gordo eateries stand at 3265 Palm Ave. in San Diego and at 689 H St. in Chula Vista. The company also has a few locations in Las Vegas.
Among food enthusiasts locally and nationally, Tacos El Gordo has a solid reputation. This past February, the Tacos El Gordo location in Chula Vista was ranked among Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. in 2016, ranking No. 17.
The Tacos El Gordo menu boasts authentic Tijuana tacos on handmade corn tortillas, topped with guacamole and salsa made from scratch. This includes a Carne Asada taco and the Adobada, spiced pork with fresh toppings.