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Ventura Avenue is known for being a wonderfully walkable, diverse and welcoming community. With Surfer’s Point at the south end, the Ventura Botanical Gardens nestled to the east of the Avenue, and the Ventura River to the west, this strip is filled with rich history and Ventura fun for everyone. What is less known about this area is that it is the home to a plethora of delicious authentic Mexican restaurants.
The Taco District has organically evolved on Ventura Avenue. It consists of 14 long time Mexican restaurants, all belonging to Mexican immigrants. Beginning with The Primos Tacos Truck at Main Street, the Taco District continues all the way to Maggie’s on the Avenue by Shell Road. All but Maggie’s are within a mile, all restaurants are bilingual, and each has its own specialty!
It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start your morning off with a smile because Angie’s Deli crafts a breakfast burrito that will surely warm up the grumpiest non-morning-person. Angie’s Deli is a small window for counter service tucked on the side of Red Barn Liquor. They are known for their $5 breakfast burritos— packed with either chorizo, bacon, or ham, cheese, and potato, seasoned to perfection, served with a lovely little side of homemade tortilla chips. Not to mention, Angie’s salsa is killer! If not a breakfast burrito person, their asada torta is another fan favorite. We biked down Ventura Avenue to Kellogg Park to enjoy our feast. With mountain and vineyard views, plenty of picnic tables, and an awesome playground, this happy and diverse community was the perfect place to enjoy our Sunday morning.
Taqueria Ventura Doña Raquel’s specialty is their fish tacos; we are in California after all! With soft fresh homemade tortillas, a sublime creamy sauce, just the right amount of cabbage and cilantro filling, topped with juicy fish and a squirt of lime, Doña Raquel’s fish tacos are truly divine. Packed with flavor, these seaside classics will make any taco lover’s heart sing! The outdoor seating space, surrounded with planters full of palms, creates an ambiance ready for you to enjoy your favorite Mexican dish. With its chill vibe and family-friendly atmosphere, this is a stellar place for lunch or a sunset dinner.
El Taco de Jerez, also known as the Red Taco Truck, can be found parked at the corner of North Ventura Avenue and West Simpson Street. This is the taco hot spot! Don’t be shy, and ask for their “secret menu” quesarrito and get stoked, because oozing, cheesy, delicious, goodness, is coming your way! This joint is open until midnight, making it the spot for late night cravings. Their tacos are beyond yummy, and priced right for you to justify ordering seconds, thirds, and fourths! There are tables set up to the side of the truck, so you don’t have to worry about losing your taco contents trying to stand and eat.
Once your belly is full of tacos and burritos, Panadería Herrera, Panadería Lalas, or La Frutileta Michoacana can satisfy your sweet tooth’s needs with their assortment of Mexican pastries and treats.
Although we only touched on our top three Taco District finds, Ventura Avenue is full of delectable Mexican Restaurants. We highly advise you to grab some grub at all of them (check out the complete list below). Each spot will be sure to delight your taste buds with their unique offerings. The Taco District now even has their own stickers, hats, and t-shirts! Get out to Ventura Avenue, because your Taco Tuesday starts now!
Here are the 14 restaurants of Ventura’s Taco District and their specialties!
- Ortiz Taco Time: chile relleno burrito
- Taqueria Tepatitlan: chile verde burrito
- Taqueria Ventura Doña Raquel: fish tacos
- Angie’s Deli: breakfast burrito
- Johnny’s Mexican Food: corn burrito
- Maggie’s on the Avenue: 3-way burrito
- Lalo’s: seafood, nachos
- El Taco de Jerez (Red Taco Truck): secret menu quesarrito
- The Primos Tacos Truck: veggie burrito
- El Asadero: pastor quesadilla
- 4 Way Meat Market: carnitas torta
- El Jarocho Seafood: shrimp cocktail
- Red Barn Market: carnitas burrito
- Cuernavaca Taqueria: alambre “Taco Azteca”
Photo credit: Jason Gerhart
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