MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
Colorful, festive and beachy, this is La Jolla cove’s beloved home for casual Mexican cooking. There may be other Puesto locations, but this one seems to outshine the pack. The cuisine here has a restrained heat that emphasizes the fresh, bright flavors of Mexico, beginning with the pure pleasure from thin, crisp chips and fire-roasted salsa. Come on Taco Tuesdays when prices are slashed to explore their array of tasty fillings, many of which show artisanal flair through market-sourced grilled fish, garlicky mushrooms or zucchini and cactus. The exhibition kitchen also cranks out snacks like mezcal-pickled watermelon alongside heartier plates of seafood and enchiladas. Arrive during happy hour to fully understand their mastery of the margarita.