Humberto's Taco Shop
1015 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Mexican, Take Out, Latin American
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
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This is San Diego and you can't swing a golf club with out hitting the ball into a taco shop. So what makes this one special? It's hard to say, but it is at the top of my list for Mexican food. The locals are here once a week if they are shy, two to three if they are hungry (in any of the 24 hours of the day,) and more often if they appreciate an excellent, inexpensive, and filling meal.
The ratings here might not be good, but that is only because of the fast food tables and styrofoam plates. Since you don't eat those, this place is almost 5 stars. And do not be put off by the bars around the open kitchen-counter they are a quaint tribute to the past when this neighborhood was strictly gang turf. Those days are gone and the neighbor hood and this place are family friendly.
It is open 24 hours and is good before or after a Padre game, or if you partied too hard at the Turf Club for drinks and not steaks. A good Carne Asada burrito will soak up all that gin and juice and mitigate your hangover.
The Carne Asada Fries are a must have.
04/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I've been eating at Humberto's since 1987 (yep, 22 years). I probably eat there 2-3 times a week. I've had exactly one bad meal in that entire time (bad batch of rolled tacos, which is my usual breakfast there). The rolled tacos have plenty of good quality guacamole, the carnitas are good, and the carne asado acceptable. The burritos are big and filling (and aren't filled up with rice, beans & salsa fresca like other places - here, you actually get a good quantity of meat). I usually can get two meals out of the burritos. Salsa verde is a bit watery, but it is home-made and picante, unlike some other places. Cops, fire fighters, city workers, vatos and students all stop by. The service is friendly and efficient. I also eat at a couple of other taco shops regularly, and still prefer Humberto's. The food here is better than at any of the Mexican restaurants in Old Town, although the selection is obviously limited. The decor is nothing to get excited about - Formica benches and tables, but hey, it's a taco shop folks.