Tamarindo Latin Kitchen & Bar San Diego


Tamarindo established a colorful and popular presence in North Park last spring, serving a menu inspired by a number of different Latin American cultures. As such, its dishes don’t seek to authentically reproduce any particular cuisine; rather it pulls influence from a number of them. However, when it comes to tacos, you’ll find elevated versions of the classics.

For example, fish tacos cook Mexican sea bass to your preference: grilled, or beer battered and fried, served on corn tortillas with jalapeno crema, cabbage, and pico de gallo. Beef lovers also get a choice. Tamarindo’s tacos de suadero drench thin slices of brisket with pico de gallo and salsa verde, while carne asada features flavorful skirt steak served street taco style, with cilantro and dice onions to go with that jalapeno crema and an avocado puree.

If you’re having trouble choosing between meat and fish, maybe the surfy and turfy shrimp and chorizo tacos are for you. Plump with Mexican white prawns, the combo tacos feature tomatillo crema plus pico and cabbage. But when you’re ready for something a little different, don’t hesitate to bite into the crunchy chicken taco, which starts with lettuce, pico, and tomatillo crema, then adds stewed chicken with two kinds of cheese, all serve on a fried-to-a-crisp corn tortilla!