1417 University Ave, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210332.748289 -117.150746
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm, Sun: 12pm-8pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Hillcrest, Western San Diego, Western
Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss.
What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico.
In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.
Festive, traditional taco shop is the perfect greasy, spicy vice to satisfy late-night cravings in Hillcrest. – In Short
This salsa-savvy taqueira is one to write home to Mom about. Splashed with a color scheme that matches one of its nine fresh made salsas, Mama Testa Taqueria only serves tacos, but the array, including the choice between four types of tortillas, delights locals time and time again. The Buey Menso or Tres Conchinitos can't be matched, especially when you catch a telenova or futbol game on one of the eatery's TVs.
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