As the days begin to warm up, so do our cravings for fire-roasted flavors. Check out these naturally gluten-free grilled favorites that can only be found in America’s finest city.
Pork Adobada Tacos
Tacos El Gordo has been a staple in Chula Vista and San Diego since 1998. They are notorious for Tijuana street-style tacos that feature handmade corn tortillas, top-grade meats, and fresh, housemade guacamole and salsas. The adobada pork is marinated in salsa and spices, then cooked al pastor (spit-grilled), like shawarma. Regulars add pineapple to the taco for an extra layer of flavor.
689 H Street, Chula Vista
Natural Oak Char Grilled Brisket
Dae Jang Keum has been the hot spot for fans of self-grilled quality meats, seafood, and veggies in Kearny Mesa for over 15 years. Named after a famous Korean movie and song that translates to “Jewel in the Palace,” it’s the only Korean barbecue restaurant in San Diego that uses charcoal rather than electric or gas grills. The owners wanted to provide restaurant-goers with an authentic Korean barbecue experience. The brisket is the most popular meat option: Thin slices of meat are grilled over natural oak and are extremely tasty dipped in salted sesame oil or any of the house sauces. After eating here once, you may think the rightful name should be Jewel of San Diego.
7905 Engineer Road
*Takeout and contactless delivery available.
Texas Wood-Smoked Turkey
Grand Ole BBQ y Asado filled Southern California’s need for a true Texas barbecue experience. Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, it is the place for traditional white oak-smoked, artisan pit-barbequed meat. Aside from the central Texas-inspired barbeque staples like tri-tip, brisket, pulled pork, and beef ribs, they also have smoked turkey that will melt in your mouth. The wood-smoked turkey is slow cooked for six hours with salt and pepper, and some of their gluten-free sides include green beans, corn pudding, potato salad, and coleslaw.
3302 32nd Street
*Currently limited to Saturday pre-orders.