Just thought I'd post about a couple recent changes to the Mexican food scene here in Escondido.
Tacos Alex was run out of the former Baja Foods building last month. They were the only business there making money, so the landowner kicked them out and implemented his own taquero in hopes of similar profits. Locals have noticed, of course, and people who've tried the new one tell us they won't go back. Thankfully, Tacos Alex still has the newer San Marcos location.
If you are in Esco and are hungry for tacos, we recommend La Taquiza as the new best in town. They are in the Northgate Gonzalez shopping center. Their tortillas are recien hechas, and I adore being able to have my cochinita pibil cravings so easily satisfied. The pork can be overcooked, but the extra-spicy salsa they put just on the pibil tacos, the fresh tortillas, and the pickled onions bring it all together.
La Cocina de Maria closed some time ago; we haven't been to the new business, Blanquita's Cafe.
El Tejate continues to be inconsistent, but I suppose if the swap meet closes because of the ballpark, they ladies who cook there might come permanently to the El Tejate kitchen.
If you're looking for something a little different, keep in mind that World's Best Pizza serves the best pupusas in North County. I've enjoyed their tamales de elote too; the fried version is a treat.
We just need some of that borrego action up here -- all the specialists are way down south!