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San Diego restaurant ranks among Yelp’s top 100 US taco spots

SAN DIEGO — Tacos are a popular dish in the U.S., especially in the San Diego area.

Yelp recently compiled this year’s top 100 taco spots in the nation, with one local restaurant, The Craft Taco at SOVA in Sorrento Valley, ranking No. 23 on the list.

Starting as a food truck in June 2020 due to the pandemic, The Craft Taco turned into a brick-and-mortar in April 2023.

Some popular items on the menu include the Dorado Fish Taco, Shrimp taco and California burritos, according to Eddie Tamayo, founder of The Craft Taco at SOVA.

“Each taco was extremely high quality and tasty. The fish taco was perfectly seasoned and very light considering it was fried. The Cochinita taco is a must have; the way that meat is marinated and slow-cooked makes it so flavorful. The freshly made hot sauces were delicious too!” Yelper Jenn H. said.

Tamayo explained to FOX 5 via email how growing up in San Diego and always having “strong ties to our Mexican culture and cuisine” is Craft Taco’s “attempt of showcasing all that Mexico has to offer with our aesthetic spin to each taco.”

“Aside from tacos, we also offer delicious wine sourced from different regions of Mexico and a wide range of Mexican beer,” Tamayo said.

The Craft Taco at SOVA (Eddie Tamayo)

The restaurant, which neighbors a coffee shop and brewery, also features a shared patio with plenty of seating.

“Highly recommend this place! This was a great place to have lunch. The shop is very nice, clean and just a great vibe. There are several different spots to sit that includes a picnic style table, couches, chairs and outdoor seating,” Yelper Louie B commented.

Hours of operation for the Craft Taco at SOVA are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Yelp conducted the study by identifying businesses in the restaurants and tacos categories and ranking those spots using the total volume and ratings of reviews. Only the highest-rated location was included if a chain appeared on the list more than once, according to Yelp. All businesses also have a passing health score as of July 24, 2023.

In California, 14 other restaurants placed in Yelp’s top 100 U.S. taco spots.

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