So, a few posts back I visited The Taco Stand in Encinitas. I had written I thought it was a bit better than Grubby’s in Carlsbad. In order to be fair and due to the fact it had been a while since eating at Grubby’s I thought I would re-visit them in order to maintain journalistic integrity. Really, I was just in Carlsbad and craving tacos:).
Senior Grubby’s ~ 377 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
They have expanded a bit since I was last in adding a patio bar area in the back.
large, open, and clean kitchen area.
They have expanded their menus as well. Both the drink and food menus sport a lot more options.
I went for a trio of Tacos. Two off their “Gastronomo” taco menu and one off their “Traditional” menu.
(From the top clockwise.) Carnitas ~ Guacamole, onion, and cilantro. Home Smoked Honey Jalapeno Pork Belly ~ Guacamole, cilantro, and onions. Duck Chicharrones ~ Avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, Manchego cheese.
To start off the pork belly taco was insane. The pork had a great smokey flavor and not too much fat. Five content kittens rating…
The Duck Skin Chicharrones taco was great as well. Crispy flavorful fried duck skin with the perfect amount of toppings.
The Carnitas was a perfect example of what it was supposed to be.
Another thing I like about Grubby’s is their salsa bar. They serve really good homemade salsas in a range of styles and heat levels. I used their Verde salsa ( medium heat) on the two pork tacos and the second hottest red salsa (forgot the name, pretty hot)) on the Chicharrones.
The street tacos at Grubby’s are true to street taco size and price $2.55 to $3. So, I went back for more since my first tacos were great.
Round 2 ( I did circuit training in the morning).
Grilled Fish Taco (L) and Shrimp Diablo Taco (R)
Both tacos came with their appointed proteins plus pico de gallo, cabbage slaw, and a chipotle cream sauce.
The shrimp taco was good but the fish in the fish taco lacked flavor and acid. Neither were in the class of the first round of tacos.
So, after a revisit, I would put Grubby’s in the same league as The Taco Stand, at least on what I experienced. Both places are different though and the made to order fresh tortillas at The Taco Stand do add another element. Yet, the pork belly I had at Grubby’s was killer.
377 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad