The Surf Meets The Turf: Lucha Libre Taco Shop

Lucha Libre Taco Shop brings the historic world of Mexican wrestling north of the border to San Diego.

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PHOTO LOUIS ALCORN

The walls of the San Diego establishment sit laden with trinkets ranging from photographs, to masks, to paintings, alluding to the glory days of the luchadores, the once iconic celebrity wrestlers of Mexico. When an order is up, the hostess calls it out to the crowd with an antique, gold, pull-down microphone not dissimilar to the mikes that announcers used during the prizefights of a previous era. The shop also features a “Champion’s Booth” complete with gold plush seats and a chandelier.  Typically taco shops, rather informal eateries to begin with, don’t require reservations, but in order to lay claim to the Champion’s Booth, guests must call at least twenty-four hours in advance to reserve the table. All other tables in the place are first-come, first-serve.

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PHOTO LOUIS ALCORN

The decorations alone set Lucha Libre aside as a special spot, but the food puts this Mexican eatery at the top of the list. Out of the many authentic taco shops in San Diego, this one impresses. The typical dishes surely won’t disappoint, but the best dish served at Lucha Libre remains the Surf and Turf California Burrito. The combination of carne asada, shrimp, cheese, French fries, guacamole, sour cream and hot sauce all rolled into a homemade tortilla packs quite the punch. As you sit and wait for your order, make sure to sample the variety of fresh salsas.  Once you’ve run the gamete at the salsa bar, your taste buds should be tuned properly for your main course.

If you feel so inclined, grab a souvenir once you’re done finishing off your dinner. Lucha Libre sells a variety of merchandise ranging from t-shirts to luchador masks that come in a variety of colors and designs.

Lucha Libre Taco Shop is located on: 1810 W Washington St  San Diego, CA 92110

Louis Alcorn

As a San Diego native, Louis lives by his ultimate travel tip: take a minute in each place you visit to collect your thoughts and write them down. They tend to be invaluable when you look back in the future.

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