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While on a family trip to San Diego, Pulitzer Prize winning food writer Jonathan Gold was mesmerized by the lamb barbacoa in nearby Chula Vista. The restaurant Aqui es Texcoco is known for their platters of lamb barbacoa which can be ordered by the pound. Be sure to order beans, guacamole, chiles torreados and a stack of tortillas to go with the lamb. If you aren’t willing to drive to Chula Vista for barbacoa, Gold recommends My Taco in Highland Park, Borrego de Oro in East LA and El Borrego as de Oro on Slauson off of the Harbor Freeway.

All of Jonathan Gold’s restaurant suggestions are on the Good Food Restaurant Map.

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