Along the streets in Tijuana you may come across a street vender or two offering taquitos. These are not the same rolled tacos as you get at the Mexican restaurants in the USA. These taquitos are small tacos made with freshly roasted meat sliced, before your eyes, from the spit on which a huge chunk of meat is impaled. These taquitos are inexpensive, very delicious and very quick. Need a snack while shopping? Stop and get a few taquitos.
Favorite Dish: Taquitos--small tacos sold individually, made to order. Various salsas/condiments available to add flavor as you wish.
YOU GET 3 SMALL TACOS FOR A DOLLAR. COME ON NOW! Rachel Ray, what do you have to say? And these are good tacos too. They're soft shell with fresh vegetables. the meat is really fresh, steak. and the sauce is made in front of you. Its a combination of hot tomato sauce and cool guacamole. you cant beat a meal that costs only a dollar. No wonder the kids down there are always asking for change. They just want some tacos.
There are quite a lot "restaurants" as on my picture - just a simple grill. No tables - order and take away. Cheap, simple, hmm... maybe not so clean but what an aroma :-))).
By the way: the hours of operation of restaurants vary in Tijuana, depending on the type of restaurant. Most are open from 12pm to 12:30am. Those serving breakfast are open earlier. To be safe, call the restaurant for their hours.
From my friend Linda (lmkluque) from San Diego:
Your "street grill" is a "taco stand" selling taquitos on the street. These are found all over TJ and are the Mexican version of "fast food." They are usually quite good and most popular for something to eat after a night of drinking.
It is a bit misleading to suggest anyone call a restaurant for their hours as finding both the phone number to a restaurant and a phone to use in Tijuana might be difficult. Most restaurants are open most hours that a tourist would be there. If a tourist wants to eat later, after a night of dancing/drinking they can ask one of the employees at the bar or club they are at.
Thank you, Linda :-).
Favorite Dish: They offered grilled meat (beef and pork) and seasonal, basic salad.
the street food in Tijuana is very popular among the locals. One should try mexican street food here in tijuana, you should know if the street stall is popular by the number of locals lining up in front of the street stalls. unlike in ensenada where most of the street food is seafoods, here in tijuana is mostly meat and the specialty here is the Carne Asada Taco. Again, be sure to check out the more locals filled taco shops, where you will be able to enjoy the best carne asada tacos in the world (they say, not me ok) and for better price of 6 mexican pesos an order. Also delicious are Churros made by street vendors and other tacos. Taco Marsicos are a rarity here unlike in ensenada.
Favorite Dish: the carne asada tacos with guacamole or salsa spicy sauce for 6 mexican pesos an order. street stall fried mexican churros at 4 pesos an order and other assorted goodies. try them niow.
the spicy mexican hotdogs with spicy sauces. but first a caveat, not all hotdogs in tijuana are all beef amreican style ok, most are created with the combination of food additives like textured vegetable protein, starch, some finely chopped pork or beef innards and the mexican hotdogs are spicy (even without the salsa sauce ok). so better ask the hot dog vendor first if they are american style or mexican style but off course, since you are in Mexico, might as well try the soft and very chewy and spicy, soft in consistency mexican hotdogs with spicy salsa or chili or guacamole sauce.
Favorite Dish: american style hotdogs costs 10 mexican pesos an order in the street stalls and food carts while the mexican style hotdogs cost about 8 mexican pesos and are available everywhere.
THIS IS A STREET VENDOR LOCATED LESS THAN A MILE FROM THE BORDER , WHEN THE PEDESTRIAN LINE IS LONG IT WILL ZIG ZAG IN FRONT OF THIS PLACE WHICH IS NEXT TO A FRUIT STAND WHERE THE CITY BUSES LET YOU OFF AT THE BORDER, HERE YOU HAVE A GREAT SELECTION OF GOOD SIZE TACOS , YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT AND THEY WILL SERVE IT WITH RICE AND BEANS, MOLE, TORTAS DE CAMARON, BIRRIA, BISTEC CON PAPAS, CHILE RELLENO, CHICHARON EN SALSA VERDE, MILANESA, LENGUA, TORTAS DE CARNE, ETC..... AND TOP IT OFF WITH AN ICE COLD SODA. EVERYTHING COSTS THE SAME 11.00 PESOS OR 1 US DOLLAR.
Favorite Dish: CHICHARON EN SALSA VERDE WITH RICE AND BEANS IN A HOT CORN TORTILLA, SPICY AND GOOD THIS WILL WAKE YOU UP IN THE MORNING.
No need to ever go to a restaurant while in Tijuana. Just head to the nearest decent-looking taco stand on the street and have some tacos and Coca Cola in a bottle.
This is a great way to meet the locals and practice your Spanish!
Favorite Dish: tacos and tortas!
Plenty of places to get some food while walking around..... You get a decent Taco for about 50 cents.....