What’s better than walking to your favorite Mexican street taco cart? Enjoying them in an open and airy restaurant. That’s right, Puesto makes authentic Mexican street food in their fun and funky restaurant. This place entices you before you even enter the door with their floor to ceiling windows. Once you step inside you’ll be greeted by colorful street art, light wood tables, and wicker chairs; the upbeat music will ignite your soul. Go ahead and have a seat where you can sip on one of their famous mango margaritas and munch on bottomless chips and salsa until the award-winning street tacos arrive.
Puesto is located at the very end of the Pacific Coast highway in a cute little plaza with quaint shops and dessert eateries, just block from the harbor. The sandstone colored two-story building has large retractable doors trimmed with dark wood that open to give this place a beachy feel, and allow for a constant cool breeze to waft through. The interior décor is reminiscent of a hacienda; a collection of dark and light wood tables and chairs are surrounded by splashes of robust colors from the barstools to the art on the walls. Puesto mixes gritty street and tropical paradise with ease, making it the perfect place to let your hair down while you dine.
Innovative Mexican food is what Puesto is all about; they use organic ingredients, and offer options for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Their specialty is street tacos that have garnered much praise from foodies. There are over ten choices; keep it traditional with the Carnitas taco – braised pork, guacamole, and tomatillo verde, or go extraordinary with the Mahi Mahi taco – Mahi a la plancha, sweet corn, toasted almonds, lettuce, avocado, fresh cilantro, and jalapeno peanut sauce. Vegetarians delight your taste buds with the Rajas Veg, Zucchini & Cactus Veg, or house favorite Potato Soy Chorizo Veg – made crispy, with melted cheese, tinga (hibiscus chipotle), avocado, and tomatillo. For those that want to go wild, mix and match as many as you can until you feel as though you might burst!
Their specialty may be street tacos, but Mexican street food in general is the name of their game and there are plenty more options to choose from. Start your meal off right with some fresh Ceviche De Acapulco or a Mexican Street Bowl. Follow it up with a few street tacos, and make the finale the Bandera De Mole – shredded Mary’s organic chicken in traditional white almond and green house-made moles. Don’t forget to check out the sides to add a little extra oomph to your meal. Check out their extensive Mexican themed bar. Their specialty cocktails are to die for and true to the culture they represent; Pina Colada, Tequila Sunrise, and flavored margaritas are among the many options.
It’s important to note that even though the address for Puesto is on West Harbor Drive, the restaurant is actually in a plaza, and the entrance is at the end of the Pacific Coast Highway, which runs right into the parking lot. Puesto is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers a different happy hour each day Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Taco Tuesdays are the perfect day to hit Puesto for $2 tacos and $3 Dos Equis. If you can, spend your lunch or happy hour on their outdoor patio, a vision of Baja beauty with bright orange umbrellas surrounded by gorgeous tropical plants. Out here you can enjoy your meal while sitting on wicker couches with plush cream colored cushions and pillows.
After you’ve had your fill of delicious Mexican food, check out some of the tourist attractions close by. Just head across the plaza, and you’ll see Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, where gorgeous ocean-themed photos line the walls. You can head back out on Pacific Coast Highway, make a left on N Harbor Dr. and be just a half mile from the USS Midway Museum, a must see attraction when visiting San Diego, California. Another nearby attraction is the land and sea San Diego Seal Tour; you’ll find them in Seaport Village.