I had a wonderfully relaxing, lazy weekend. On Sunday I woke up late, and the honey and I strolled with our neighbor friend Nick down to Bull Taco. I thought I'd eaten at just about every place our tiny town has to offer, but Bull Taco is well-hidden in the back of San Elijo campground. San Elijo campground is pretty packed nearly year-round with surfers on a pilgrimage to surf the legendary waves of Swami's. It's just a little unassuming campground taco stand, but the view is pretty unbeatable.
I was intrigued by the place since I'd heard the Cardiff spot was featured on Guy Fieri's show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". I haven't seen the episode (and I don't really like the show)...but, I thought it my duty as a Cardiff restaurant.
The menu isn't what you'd expect from a campsite taco stand. The full menu features a lot more than your typical taco or burrito plates. I ordered halibut and shrimp ceviche to start, then followed it up with a king crab taco and a lobster/bacon/chorizo taco. And a watermelon shave ice for my sweetie. The ceviche was fantastic. Best $8 ceviche I've had. There was an ample amount of ceviche and chips, more than enough for 3, and it was full of fresh fish. Yum. The king crab taco was slightly disappointing... I mean, I guess not disappointing for campground food, but after tasting the ceviche it was just ok. The canned lump crabmeat tasted a tad fishy. The lobster/chorizo/bacon taco was great. Nice chunks of lobster, and I'll pretty much say anything with bacon and chorizo and cheese tastes good.
Nick ordered some exotic tacos - an abalone taco (this will set you back $10), a duck taco and an ahi taco. I'd never tried abalone before... but I didn't like it. Not sure if it was the abalone or this abalone taco that I didn't like.... but it was like semi-crunchy, chewy pieces of cartilage. Not my thing. But the duck and ahi turned out well.
(1-5 rating: 1=BAD, 2=mediocre at best, 3=ok, 4=wow, pretty good!, 5=one of my all-time favorites)
Food (Taste, Quality): 4 Value: 4 Service: n/a Ambience: 4, for a campground. :) Great views. Memorable Experience: 3 Price: $1.75 - $10 for street tacos ($10 gets you abalone or foie gras) Menu recommendations: Ceviche, lobster/bacon/chorizo taco Notes: Wear sunblock and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. Would I make a point to go again, paying full price?: Yes