The Banh Pa Te So Nhan Banh Mi (Vietnamese Pate Chaud (French Hot Pastry Pie) with Sandwich Fillings) and other pastries I brought from Au Coeur de Paris Patisserie & Boulangerie - Westminster (Little Saigon) were great, but by dinner time, we were all hungry. So lil' sis, oldest and second-youngest nephews, their friends, and I all piled into our cars and drove nearly to the Mexican border in Chula Vista.
When we pulled up, the parking lot of Tacos El Gordo de Tijuana B.C. was packed; always a good sign. I was also amused by the signage that said, "Now in California." Tijuana-style tacos for which I don't have to wait hours to pass through border inspection? Score!
The taco selection was pretty awesome too - cabeza (beef cheeks), lengua (tongue), sesos (brains), Asada (steak), tripas (tripe), suadero (brisket), and adobada (spicy pork) and buche (stomach) for about $2 each. The mulas, sopes, and quesadillas were $3.75. The mula was new to me. It's basically another tortilla on top.
The adobada was cooked on a spit like Al Pastor (Mexican Shepherd-Style Tacos), but spiced differently. Order here, but pay the cashier at a booth on the opposite side of the restaurant.
Radishes and limes.
Lots of Guacamole on our carne asada tacos.
This was lil' sis' mula, with the extra tortilla on top.
Lengua. So incredibly tender and flavorful.
Can't tell what this one was? Cabeza?
And this one was cabeza? Each taco had a different salsa or guacamole that they already put on for us.
Did it matter when it was all so good? Grilled spring onions too.
We all had a couple of tacos each. Then decided which ones we really liked for round two.
I think so since cabeza is usually fattier and juicier.
I ordered sesos since I don't find brains too often on menus. It was a little bland to be honest. Needed more salsa.
The tortillas are handmade too!
The $2 per taco was a bit higher than what I'd pay in Los Angeles, but for meaty tacos with handmade tortillas, well worth it. My favorites were the cabeza, lengua, and adobada tacos.
Stuffed to the gills, my tummy was pretty happy on the long drive back home.
Other Mexican taco restaurant posts:
Cabo Taco Baja Grill - La Mirada
Carnitas Michoacan - Los Angeles (Lincoln Heights)
El Ranchero Restaurant - Alhambra
King Taco Restaurants #11 - El Monte (Garvey Ave.)
Los Cinco Puntos - Los Angeles
Old Town Mexican Cafe and Cantina - San Diego
Tacos Baja Ensenada - (East) Los Angeles
Tacos Mexico - (East) Los Angeles
Tacos El Gordo de Tijuana B.C. (Multiple locations)
689 H St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Sunday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.
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