Stop #1: South Beach Bar & Grille (Ocean Beach)
Stop #2: Tin Fish (Gaslamp Quarter)
After Tin Fish, we started losing steam-- I was about five tacos and three beers in, and god, that San Diego sun is so intense! I was getting sleeeepy, and I knew I needed to slow down. Two more stops to go!
The Mariscos German taco truck in Normal Heights was a last-minute addition to the crawl. I decided that we NEEDED a taco truck stop to mix it up a little. I had a few people recommend Mariscos German to me, which is also an actual brick and mortar taqueria in Logan Heights. They have a couple of trucks dotted around the city, and this one fit perfectly into the route of our crawl.
Let's do this.
The truck is literally stationed in a dirt lot of a liquor store. Do you see this? 99 CENT FISH TACOS! I wanted to steal that sign so I could put it up on my bedroom wall.
The line for ordering. It was 4pm and bumpin!
Vivian had told me to get the ceviche, and when I got to the window, I started to order the entire menu, as usual. Nate heard me and said, "Kayoko, this is a FISH TACO crawl. Focus." Fine, fine. But come on, look at this menu! You'd want to order everything too!!!
Folding tables and chairs are set up in front of the truck. It was not easy snagging this table, let me tell you.
Alright so that all that focusing that went on when I was ordering? Amounted to this:
Left: Fish taco. Middle: Octopus. Right: the Gobernador.
Exhibit A: Fish taco.
WAAAAA!!! This was my favorite fish taco! See the fish? That's what I'm talking about when I mentioned pasty flour batter in my last post. It's golden deliciousness that you so know is not good for you, but love it anyway.
I'm really obsessed with proportions and balance when I eat anything-- so in something like the fish taco, the cabbage:salsa:crema:fish:tortilla ratio is a delicate balance and hard to get right. Like at South Beach Bar, there was just way too much salsa. But this was perfect.
And corn tortillas!!!! This was the first stop to have the fish taco come out on a corn tortilla. Although don't get me wrong, the flour tortilla is satisfying in its own way. But the corn tortilla is OG.
Nate does not agree...
Fish taco for $.99, not bad if you are on a budget, but it was too much breading, not enough fish for me. I bit into a crunch of breading without any white fish. But for $.99 at a taco truck I didn’t expect much more.
I think it was @fauxbrizio who had told me to get the octopus taco. Can we meditate on this for a moment? It's an OCTOPUS TACO, people!
It came piping hot, right off the grill, with celery, red peppers and onions. At first glance, I won't lie, I was a bit turned off cause I am ashamed to say I don't like celery. But dude... the crunch from the celery with the octopus was GENIUS!
This place came alive with the shrimp tacos.
Camaron ajo taco (spicy garlic shrimp):
I was too full to eat but tried the spicy shrimp taco and it was delicious!
I'm embarassed to say that the star of the Mariscos German show, the Gobernador taco was gobbled down so fast that I neglected to take a picture. BAD FOOD BLOGGER. When I forget to take a picture-- that's when you know it was the best ever. Here it is again on the very right. Not a great pic, but it's all I got!
I had the spicy shrimp taco and it was my fave of the day…until I bit into Kayoko’s Gobernador taco. It blew my mind. I’ve never had a seafood taco quite like this before. Celery? Melted white cheese? Spicy, crunchy, gooey and juicy all at the same time. I’ll be back.
Told ya! The only reason why I ordered this shrimp taco was because of the name- the GOVERNOR taco. It's so mafioso I couldn't resist. It was, besides the added cheese, almost exactly like the octopus taco but with shrimp. I'm reading that the Gobernador originated in Sinaloa, Mexico in honor of its governor. Masa Assassin seems to be an expert on the subject of this awesome creation.
The damage. So shameless.
Washed down the entire meal with this skeptical sangria in a bottle, "Sin Alcohol" (without alcohol). It was actually really good though.
I've been raving to co-workers about Mariscos German, pretty much the hidden gem of San Diego fish tacos right now, in my book.
This truck had mad street cred (literally and figuratively).
MARISCOS GERMAN TACO TRUCK 3
3504 University Avenue (@35th Street)
San Diego, CA
Stay tuned for El Zarape next!