The Quirkiest Restaurant In Southern California That’s Impossible Not To Love

Southern California is no stranger to quirky restaurants. When you’re a foodie destination like SoCal, it just comes with the territory. But as unique as some of our restaurants may be, it’s hard to imagine there’s a quirkier place than this one destination that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Tio’s Tacos is one of the quirkiest, tastiest hidden gem restaurants in Southern California — take a tour of this restaurant and let us know in the comments: have you ever encountered a quirkier restaurant in Southern California than this hidden gem?

To experience this quirky gem in person, you can head to Tio’s Tacos 3948 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA, 92501. Find Tio’s Tacos on the web at the official Tio’s Tacos website.

For additional Southern California destinations that everyone should experience at least once, make sure to check out our home page at Only In Your State Southern California. There are literally hundreds of great spots to explore in SoCal that are hiding right in front of your eyes. Enjoy!

Address: Tio's Tacos, 3948 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, USA

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What are some other hidden gem restaurants in Southern California?

In keeping with our taco theme, we absolutely adore Los 5  Puntos. What this unassuming little Mexican restaurant lacks in curb appeal, it makes up for in flavor. Since 1967, Los 5 Puntos has been making some of the tastiest tacos in SoCal, with warm, homemade tortillas that feel like a giant hug. Stuffed with the most flavorful meat, guacamole, and fresh salsa you can imagine, you’ll devour every last bite. Be sure to grab some extra napkins, because these tasty tacos can get quite messy! Another hidden gem restaurant in Southern California with a quirky side is Tail O’ The Pup. While *not* a taqueria, this roadside ‘dog stand is an absolute delight! While the 1946 prices, like the 35 cent chili dog, are long gone, the nostalgia is alive and well, as is the restaurant’s dedication to high quality. Bring the family to create some new L.A. memories at an old L.A. hotspot.

Where can I find the best tacos in Southern California?

We take tacos very seriously here in SoCal, so take the following list of best tacos in Southern California with a grain of salt (or “squeeze of lime” if you will):

  • Taco Beach Cantina: There really are no bad choices at Taco Beach Cantina. Some days we’re craving the Grilled Mahi Tacos because we simply can’t get enough of that house-made Baja sauce. Other days, we’re more in the mood for the Cali Tacos with carnitas inside. Soft tortilla tacos, crunchy corn tacos, piles of nachos… you’ll be in a happy food coma in no time!
  • Pedro’s Tacos: You can’t go wrong with any of the tacos on the menu at Pedro’s, but the real standout here are the fish tacos. Their version of this classic SoCal dish is famous, and beautiful in its simplicity: battered cod, cabbage, salsa, and dressing. They are so good, you’ll want to order a few!
  • Beach House Tacos: When you arrive at Beach House Tacos and see the long line out of the door, you’ll instantly know you have hit the taco jackpot. Their signature “Early California” is a revelation: fish or shrimp, purple cabbage, corn relish, avocado, chipotle cream, lime dressing on a corn tortilla. It’s an absolute must-try!
Address: Tio's Tacos, 3948 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, USA

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