When I first opened up shop at The Bakery in Barrio Logan about two years ago, I ate mostly veg. Little did I know that this era would soon come to an end. Within weeks, I was yanked from the world as we know it, only to find myself wandering through another dimension – one of tacos.
When I awoke from this perspective-altering food-coma on a side street in Tijuana watching a few ounces of salsa be flipped several feet into air via spoon, only to land gently into the welcome embrace of some birria, I realized that carne es too bueno to pass up. Many Tijuana and San Diego taco adventures later, I have acquired expert knowledge of the Tijuego Taco landscape.
But during the work week, my favorite taco within walking or cycling distance from the Mother Sponge studio is the taco de carnitas at La Fachada on 25th between Imperial/Commercial. They do it right – very greasy, very succulent, and slightly crispy on the edges. Plus, the roasted green salsa is the best I’ve ever tasted.
It’s also crucial to note that although great for lunch, La Fachada is best experienced at 1am on Saturday night (with or without a few drinks in ya’). A recent late night snack during the middle of a photoshoot had us at La Fachada around closing time (3am!), listening to a band of Mariachi-youngsters performing The Strokes’ Last Night, a Beatles song I can’t recall right now, and a couple traditional mariachi tunes.