City Tacos, a Mexican eatery founded by Gerry Torres in North Park in 2014, last week surpassed 3 million tacos sold in San Diego County. The milestone comes in his ninth year in business. Photo courtesy City Tacos

City Tacos, a Mexican eatery founded by Gerry Torres in North Park in 2014, last week surpassed 3 million tacos sold in San Diego County. The milestone comes in his ninth year in business.

City Tacos currently has six San Diego locations: East Village (Ballpark), Encinitas, La Mesa, North Park, Pacific Beach, and Sorrento Valley. With roughly 3.3 million people in the County, the milestone averages to nearly one taco per resident.

“I just happened to stumble across this fun milestone while going through my records,” Torres said. “While I certainly can’t say that all San Diegans have had a City Taco taco, I am proud that my vision and passion have extended to nearly the same number as the population here. I am forever grateful for the loyal following of our great patrons through the years. The upcoming National Taco Day will be a little extra special this year.”

The City Tacos menu features traditional tacos (Pollo Asado, carnitas, carne asada), caseros “homestyle” tacos (pulled pork with Mayan achiote sauce, beef shank, Mahi-mahi), and several other types of meat, seafood, and vegetarian options. Photo courtesy City Tacos

National Taco Day is next Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Torres is originally from Mexico City and he moved to San Diego in 1992. This past June he became a United States citizen in a ceremony held at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office downtown.

City Tacos on Sept 14 was featured on Real Simple magazine’s website with two stories: 8 Chefs Share the Best Cooking Advice They’ve Ever Received and 8 Chefs Reveal Three Items That Are Always in Their Fridge.

City Tacos has won Best Taco accolades from Ranch&Coast’s survey of its readers for three years in a row beginning in 2020.

City Tacos also won Best Cheap Eats – Critic’s Pick honors from San Diego Magazine’s 2022 Best Restaurants list. It also took home Best Taco – Runner-Up from the readers of the publication.

The City Tacos menu features traditional tacos (Pollo Asado, carnitas, carne asada), caseros “homestyle” tacos (pulled pork with Mayan achiote sauce, beef shank, Mahi-mahi), and several other types of meat, seafood, and vegetarian options.



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