The Culinary Odyssey Behind Mike’s Red Tacos in San Diego
San Diego is a city known for its vibrant food scene, but few have left a mark as indelible as Mike Touma, the culinary genius behind Mike’s Red Tacos. What started as a year-long obsession with Birria—a classic slow-simmered Mexican stew—turned into a food truck that’s become a local sensation.
The Quest for the Perfect Birria
Mike wasn’t content with just any Birria; he wanted the best. His quest led him south of the border, where he immersed himself in the rich culinary traditions of Mexico. He sampled various renditions of Birria, each with its unique touch, from hole-in-the-wall eateries to renowned restaurants. “The first time I ever had Birria, I was hooked,” Mike recalls.
More Than Just Tacos
While the signature Birria tacos remain the star attraction, the menu at Mike’s Red Tacos is built to satisfy all taste buds. From the CrunchStack—a famous franchise-inspired creation—to the Birria California burrito featuring fries, guacamole, rice, and beans, there’s something for everyone. And let’s not forget the Birria fries, a San Diego-centric variation of carne-asada fries that are a must-try.