Michelin Guide Names Eight Local Eateries As "Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego"

August 26, 2021

French tire company and publisher of popular culinary guidebooks, Michelin has named eight local eateries as "Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego".

Established in 1900 by the French tire company, the Michelin guide was started to increase the demand for cars and, thus, car tires. Michelin's annual guide has become a touted resource for upscale diners with restaurants around the globe vying for a coveted star rating (three stars being the highest), which usually results in drastically increased business and reputation. Michelin publishes 32 guides annually in more than 24 countries, including four cities featured in the United States - San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C. In 2019, for the first time in over a decade, a new California guidebook was released with San Diego receiving its first ever Michelin star for Addison restaurant in Del Mar. 

The Michelin Guide website recently published an article entitled "The Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego in MICHELIN Guide California," where it lists eight San Diego eateries "where to go to get your fix of carnitas, tamales, adobada and, of course, tacos." Honorees on the list included
Tuétano Taqueria in San Diego's border town of San Ysidro, the historic Las Cuatro Milpas in Barrio Logan, LOLA 55 in East Village, Tacos El Gordo in Chula Vista, as well as Lucha LibreOscar's Mexican Seafood, Puesto in La Jolla, specifically, and The Taco Stand. Of the restaurant's listed  Lola 55 in San Diego's East Village is the sole inclusion that received a Michelin Bib Gourmand, a coveted category that highlights restaurants that serve high-quality meals which include two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less per person.

After skipping 2020 due to the pandemic, Michelin will be releasing a new California edition of its restaurant guide at the end of September 2021. Only time will tell if San Diego will have more than one Michelin starred restaurant or if a whole new host of affordable eateries will receive Bib Gourmand honors.