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Taco Hunting in North Baja

Masa Assassin | | May 15, 2008 09:33 PM

It’s been awhile since I've been down to TJ; years ago I would visit on a weekly basis (not Revolucion Ave).

I started my day working through Tijuana feasting on some exceptional tacos from at least 5 taco stands. Most notable tacos for this trip, the original Tacos El Gordo, (Corner of Sanchez Tobado/Javier Mina) and Tacos El Paisa at Las Ahumaderes (The Blvd/Gob. Balarezo)

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Things to note about Tacos El Gordo. I often times get asked about the difference between the TJ locations and their US operations. The cost is of course lower but not by much, basically $1.30 TJ vs $ 1.85 in US. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63...
I’m always amazed by people complaining about the cost at the US locations. The variety is basically the same however the TJ location offers Masisa and Ojo (eyeball). I had to try the Ojo so I ordered one with my usual taco trio. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63... To be honest it was good, but Ojo is just not for me. The asada and adobada were great as usual.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63... As far as difference in flavor I have to give the slight edge to the TJ locations, however the difference is very minimal. I thought the meat was fresher and the masa was perfection.

As I left Tacos El Gordo, I walked across the street to Hildago Market. Wow! Just picture Imperial Farmers Market in San Diego multiplied by 10, and outside. Next time I go back I’m just going to stay here. They have some amazing looking places particularly Kikos Carnitas.

On to Las Ahumaderes. If you have not been to Ahumaderes there is a series of Taco establishments all lined up. It’s a taco lovers dream. This place has been around since before I was born! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63...

I went to El Paisa and ordered the asada, chorizo, and adobada. They use a small grill with mesquite for all their meats http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63...

The adobada was awesome!!! It had so much zest and was marinated to perfection. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63...

The chorizo as KR would put it almost made me weep it was that good. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63...
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Overall I have to give the edge to Tacos El Paisa at Las Ahumaderes they were best of the day for this trip. The tacos BTW are only $1.20, prices are painted on the wall. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63... and also the salsa was very good http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v63... I have some more places on my list to try next time.

The rest of my trip extended to Rosorito and final destination Ensenada. I came across some interesting places searching for the perfect fish taco in the place of its origin. I will post more when I get time.

KR Thanks for the video inspiration haha.

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