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For some of the best birria on either side of the border, head south to Nestor and let Jorge Fernandez serve you his Tijuana-style tacos and quesatacos. Slowly cooked overnight, the beef, chiles, and spices meld into a juicy stew that’s ready to tuck into warm corn tortillas and garnish with a trinity of radishes, cilantro and onions. Order it for self-assembly or get tacos already put together, fried up in birria oil, and ready for dunking in a cup of their outstanding consomme. Customer service here is top notch and questions are encouraged if there’s an item you’re not familiar with. They’re still doing takeout only, but plan to get there early anyway—they’re only open 7 am–2 pm Wednesday through Sunday.
How to book: Walk up or call 619-628-8235 for takeout.