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Port of San Diego Brings Crack Taco Shop to Seaport Village

Menu Features Local Favorite “Cardiff Crack” Burgundy Pepper Tri-Tip

As part of the Port of San Diego’s continued successful revitalization of Seaport Village, the Board of Port Commissioners has approved a lease for Crack Taco Shop, a locally owned-and-operated fast-casual restaurant offering a variety of unique and authentic Mexican tacos with homemade corn tortillas and burritos featuring “Cardiff Crack” – the highly popular burgundy pepper tri-tip, specialty Micheladas, beer, wine, and sangria.

Crack Taco Shop will provide outdoor dining along the promenade in Seaport Village’s Lighthouse District near Spill the Beans.

“We welcome Crack Taco Shop to Seaport Village as another local success story that is expanding its portfolio to our San Diego Bay waterfront,” said Chairman Michael Zucchet, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “With the addition of Crack Taco to an already diverse lineup of eateries, shops and experiences, Seaport Village is a San Diego hot spot and is in increasingly high demand in the retail and food and beverage markets.”

“We look forward to our San Diego residents and visitors being able to experience our full menu which includes breakfast as well as our local favorites such as the ballpark tri-tip nachos, tri-tip sandwich, and the famous Crack tri-tip taco,” said Steve Abbo, Crack Taco Shop.

Crack Taco Shop is anticipated to begin construction in spring 2022, with opening anticipated for summer 2022. Seaport Village will be Crack Taco Shop’s second location.

Since the Port assumed ownership and operation of Seaport Village in 2018, 18 new tenants have signed on and the Port Board has approved investment spending of approximately $7.8 million to date, transforming Seaport Village into a vibrant waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment center.

  • Approximately $2.5 million spent for sitewide enhancements, activations, and deferred maintenance. Notable improvements include a brand refresh with new signage and exterior painting on the property’s iconic buildings; upgraded amenities like the Urban Beach, a picturesque seating area with Adirondack chairs facing the bayfront vista; flexible furniture throughout; and new, flourishing native plants.
  • Approximately $1.2 million so far to help new tenants renovate their spaces before opening for business.
  • Another $4.1 million (approximately) committed towards future tenant improvements for new restaurant concepts that have not yet opened.

A buzz-worthy lineup of new tenants now open or opening soon includes:

  • Tuk Tuk Eatery – an Asian themed fast-casual eating and drinking establishment featuring BBQ bowls and Bao bar (opening August 2021).
  • Louisiana Charlie’s – a Southern-style restaurant offering barbeque and Cajun-style food with a unique Mardis Gras-themed atmosphere (opening September 2021).
  • Malibu Farm – simple, farm-to-table California-inspired cuisine that is fresh, organic and locally sourced whenever possible (anticipated opening summer 2022).
  • Zytoun Gourmet Mediterranean – a full-service Greek and Mediterranean restaurant featuring healthy and fresh premium-quality Mediterranean cuisine (anticipated opening summer 2022).
  • Old Harbor Distilling Company – a craft tasting room combined with a fast-casual seafood restaurant concept offering chowders, lobster rolls, and fish plates (anticipated opening summer 2022).
  • Mr. Moto Pizza – one of San Diego’s favorite pizza restaurants, serving up New York-style pizza either by the slice or an entire pie.
  • Mike Hess Brewing – features 23 handles of craft beer, kombucha, cider, and soda, as well as an extensive menu of tacos, burritos, and more from Quiero Tacos.
  • Samburgers – a multi-concept restaurant by “Sam the Cooking Guy” featuring out-of-the-box burgers, a variety of sides, a kid’s menu, and a medley of craft beer offerings.
  • Geppetto’s – a locally owned-and-operated magical world of classic toys that inspire creative play for the entire family.
  • Spill the Beans – a specialty coffee and bagel shop.
  • Influencer Boutique – a unique specialty women’s clothing and accessories boutique.

For the latest events and news, visit and follow Seaport Village on Instagram and Facebook for daily updates.

Seaport Village is managed on behalf of the Port by Protea Property Management, Inc. The Port is working with RI Properties, Inc. (Retail Insite) to list and market vacant retail space.

Adjacent to downtown San Diego and the iconic USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village is a vibrant harbor-side hub of unique retailers, artisans and eateries. Situated on the waterfront, this dynamic shopping and dining complex debuted in 1980 and showcases 14 acres of Spanish-style storefronts, cobblestone walkways and an historic carousel. The outdoor venue, now owned and operated by the Port of San Diego, is home to 59 retailers including souvenir shops, a surf shop, and a wine tasting room. Seaport Village also boasts a collection of waterfront dining options, including cafes, fast-casual bistros, and fine restaurants.

Seaport Village is located at 849 West Harbor Drive, just a five-minute drive from the airport and cruise ship terminal. Seasonal hours and parking rates vary. Additional information and a complete list of vendors can be found at

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.