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Taqueria Durango

Though somewhat hidden in a dingy strip mall set back from Page Avenue, Taqueria Durango continues to stand out among North County’s several taquerias. Vibrant flavors abound, from the fiery red and piquant green salsas to the earthy, spicy tacos al pastor to the restaurant’s signature torta ahogada, a sandwich of carnitas and onions soaked in chile sauce. The menu has expanded in recent years to include more crossover dishes (e.g., fajitas, enchiladas), which makes it a good choice for easing a newbie into traditional taqueria fare.