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Mexican Restaurants in La Jolla, California

Located just north of the U.S. Mexico Border, San Diego has a rich Mexican food scene. In fact, most San Diego communities boast at least one traditional Mexican restaurant and the upscale beach town of La Jolla is no exception. The next time you're in La Jolla, check out some of its delicious and authentic Mexican restaurants.

For those looking for a home style Mexican meal, visit Puesto in La Jolla. This La Jolla family owned and operated restaurant specializes in tacos made with traditional ingredients and Mexican inspired rice and bean bowls. At Puesto, there are also vegetarian and gluten-free options available to satisfy health conscious diners. For the more adventurous, try Puesto's grilled cactus slathered in their special tinga sauce made of chipotle and fresh hibiscus.

To celebrate true Mexican cuisine, visit Verdes El Ranchero Restaurant. Established in 1945, Verdes El Ranchero is one of La Jolla's oldest restaurants and is still a favorite among locals and visitors today. Diners continue to return to Verdes El Ranchero for their handmade tortillas, salsa, tamales and dressings. Known for only using fresh, natural and locally grown ingredients, Verdes El Ranchero is sure to satisfy your Mexican food craving.

Another Mexican restaurant in La Jolla that is popular with locals is Jose's Courtroom. Jose's has been serving Mexican food in La Jolla since 1972 and is located in the downtown district. Here, diners have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as they try various appetizers, entrees and specialty cocktails. Jose's is also a music venue, regularly featuring live music and video jockeys.

For a more laid back atmosphere, visit the popular Don Carlos Taco Shop. Don't let the appearance of this small taco shop fool you; Don Carlos has an extensive menu that features a variety of authentic Mexican plates, burritos, and tacos. Popular Don Carlos entrees include the carne asada burrito, potato tacos, and mushroom tamales covered in Don Carlos' soyrizo (soy-based chorizo substitute) sauce. Unlike other Mexican restaurants in La Jolla, Don Carlos also has a small outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal under the San Diego sunshine.

Large families looking for Mexican food will enjoy the wide selection at Don Bravo Mexican Restaurant located in the Bird Rock neighborhood of La Jolla. Adults can select from a variety of chicken and steak plates, as well as seafood dishes. Children on the other hand, can select from their own menu, tailored for even the pickiest of eaters. If you love your experience at Don Bravo, the restaurant also offers catering for special events!

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