Lucha Libre Taco Shop

When talking about San Diego, most people often think of one thing; the San Diego Zoo and its majestic giant pandas. As a matter of fact, pandas are the main reason I like traveling down to San Diego ever so frequently.

Of course, there is also the breathtaking coastline and the vibrant nightlife. Thanks to Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, I found an even better reason to visit San Diego and on even more regular basis food.

The last episode of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food featured a restaurant in Mission Hills San Diego called Lucha Libre Taco Shop. Personally, I thought it was a new restaurant until I learned that it started in 2008 and is one of the most popular food joints in San Diego.

Having heard of all the raving reviews, I figured I would drop by the restaurant and see for myself just how good, or bad it is. My brother, also a foodie, was in town and so I tagged him along with me.

Lucha Libre Taco Shop

Taco Shop Mission Hills

1. Ambience

I rarely comment on the ambiance of restaurants because none of them ever really gets my attention. However, the floor to ceiling Lucha Libre themed decor in the restaurant impressed me. The shop has eye-catching wrestling posters, small prints and wrestling masks (for the bathroom signs).

Libre Taco Shop

Even the TV was showing wrestling programs. In addition to that, the walls are brightly colored, and the rotating disco balls add a great twist to the decor. I honestly did not notice the wait for the food because I had so much to look at.

Even my brother (who is not a wrestling fan) liked the luchador-themed decor. For those who want to dine like the wrestling champions, there is the unique gold booth in one corner of the restaurant; people call it the winner’s table.

Libre Taco Shop San Diego

However, anyone who wants to dine in the cabin must book it 24 hours in advance (it’s private and comes with full waiter service at no extra cost).

2. Food

We loved the food at Lucha Libre, and we also liked the fact that it was affordable. We started with an order of guacamole for $1.75. The avocado was simply to die for; fresh, fatty (which I like) and delicious. I didn’t even sprinkle any salt on them.

Guacamole Taco Shop

I ordered a Surfing California Burrito for $6.75. I had seen it on Food Channel’s Man v Food, and I knew I had to try it out. This gourmet burrito features a steak, shrimp, avocado, fresh fries, cheese, Pico de gallo and super secret chipotle sauce.

It was my first time devouring such a combination of ingredients, and I must say I loved every bit of it. The shrimp was crunchy and tasty, the fries were soft, and the chipotle sauce was even more amazing.

Surf and Turf Taco

My brother has a bigger appetite than me, and he ordered two different tacos. The first of these was the Surf and Turf Taco which features steak, shrimp and avocado with the secret chipotle sauce and queso enchilada as toppings. My brother said the sauce gave the taco a uniquely creamy taste.

He also had an Undefeated Seafood Taco which consists of blackened Mahi or shrimp, Jack cheese, Pico de gallo, cabbage and serrano sauce. I am a huge fan of cheese and seafood, so this is one taco I must try in the future. Both tacos cost a total of $7.18.

Lucha Libre Taco Shop

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