Food & Drink

Everywhere in the 619 to celebrate not-Mexican independence

San Diego's proximity to Mexico makes it privy to inside information, like the fact that Cinco de Mayo isn't really Mexican Independence Day. But that shouldn't stop you from acting like it is, and to make sure you do so in the most epic way possible, consult this list of the top guac, margs, and even waitresses to enjoy around the city. Best MargaritasBarra Barra Saloon4016 Wallace St; 619.291.3200 Not only does the Barra Barra Saloon have the best margarita in town for only 5 bucks, but throw down a couple extra bones and you get to keep the shaker. To the disappointment of any klepto, there are several menu items that actually encourage you to take the glass, so hang out long enough and you might walk out with a full set of barware. Fill up your cabinets...Craziest Taco FillingThe Lion's Share629 Kettner Blvd; 619.564.6924 It looks like the lamb should have never trusted that lion after all. Now it's serving his tongue up taco-style with queso fresco, calabrian chili, and piquillo salsa in their Tacos de Lengua. Mind your tongue...Best SalsaFidel’s Little Mexico607 Valley Ave; Solana Beach; 858.755.5292 Since the 1960s, Fidel’s has gone from a taco-slinging barbershop (which seems potentially unsanitary) to an SD landmark. This is the place to go for the best salsa in town, perfected over the course of 50 years. Castro is not affiliated...Best GuacamoleBlind Burro639 J St; 619.795.7880 Even if that donkey is blind as a bat (and lacks opposable thumbs), he can still whip you up some fully customizable guac prepared tableside from a dim sum-style cart, with your choice of cilantro, queso fresco, candied jalapenos, bacon, onion, and cotija. Get your guac on...Best Outdoor SpaceEn Fuego Cantina1342 Camino Del Mar; 858.792.6551 After a day at the Del Mar Racetrack, celebrate your victory (or drown your defeat) worth a Mexican Burro (a tequila version of a Moscow Mule, not a racetrack reject) on En Fuego’s patio, or post up with a cerveza and some mahi mahi fajitas at their outdoor bar. So many burros...Best NachosBaja Betty's1421 University Ave; 619.269.8510 Baja Betty’s got nachos designed to share with (apparently) everyone but your mother. Nacho Mama’s Build-Your-Own Nachos start with a base of chips covered in either a cheddar/Oaxaca cheese blend or cheese dip. Pile them high with as many of the 19 different toppings as you can handle. Finish them off Wet Style and have Betty smother them with your choice of five different sauces. Yes, you heard "Wet Style"...Hottest WaitressesLa Puerta560 4th Ave; 619.696.3466 Their more than 100 tequilas are nice and all, but the staff of such a quality that drinking isn't necessary for them to become attractive. They also have a music themed specialty cocktail menu featuring drinks like A Whole Lotta Love and Afternoon Delight, enough of which might have you asking your server if she's interested in one. Find out about the Slippery When Wet...Best Tequila SelectionCantina Mayahuel2934 Adams Ave; 619.283.6292 Being the namesake of an Aztec maguey goddess and having the rustic interior of a Mexican watering hole, Cantina Mayahuel will make you feel like you've crossed the border into some sort of underground tequila/ mezcal paradise. They have a wall full of bottles to choose from, and if you're having trouble deciding which ones to taste, just ask, because these guys staff will happily drop some knowledge on you. Cue the "Pee Wee" song...