In Southern California, you can depend on a few things: near-perfect weather, consistent freeway traffic, and some of the best tacos north of the Mexican border. The vast food landscapes of Los Angeles and San Diego are, of course, home to fantastic tacos. Yet, it was on a recent trip to Oxnard in Ventura County that I discovered why this comparatively smaller city and the Oxnard Taco Trail should be on every taco fan’s radar.
Oxnard’s large Hispanic population is arguably a significant reason why the tacos here are made with superb authenticity. Another factor: Large swaths of local farmland provide many of these taco shops with fresh ingredients.
The happy result is a city that proudly boasts it has the most tacos per capita in the U.S. With so many yummy options, how do you know where to start feasting? Fortunately, the Oxnard Visitors Bureau has created a Taco Trail map.
As I explored the Taco Trail, I was never in my car for longer than 10 minutes between stops, and quite often, could walk from one restaurant to another. Even better, I rarely came across an eatery that was too crowded, nor did I ever wait long for my food to arrive.
This Taco Trail is both fun and relaxing to explore. Here are a few places that should not be missed.