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Cars being shown off on Logan Avenue.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Barrio Logan

Cars being shown off on Logan Avenue.
  • By Nina Garin
  • Photos by Sandy Huffaker
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Barrio Logan
San Diego
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It’s Barrio Logan, not Old Town, where you’ll find an authentic Mexican experience without crossing the border. Freeways, shipping yards and auto body shops surround the industrial neighborhood, but it’s also bustling with fruit stands, coffee shops, prestigious art galleries and colorful murals. Barrio Logan has its roots in activism. Its most famous landmark, Chicano Park, was born of the neighborhood’s struggle to keep the land from becoming a parking lot. That community spirit lives in Barrio Logan to this day.

Meet Nina Garin

Nina is a San Diego native who was also partly raised in Baja California, Mexico. She’s an arts journalist who, as a reluctant stage mother to two daughters, spends more time in theaters than the outdoors. Although she lives a few blocks from the ocean, she’s never been surfing and is too terrified of rip currents to try.

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Barrio Logan

Border X Brewing
Creative Mexican craft beers like Horchata Golden Stout are only part of this brewery’s appeal. Check its online events page to see about Mexican board-game nights, cupcake pairings and taco Tuesdays.
Border X Brewing, 2181 Logan Ave. San Diego, Calif. 92113
Por Vida
This Chicano/hipster cafe has such an impressive art collection and so many fun drink options that you’ll want to go more than once. The menu is inspired by Mexican flavors (think spicy mango lemonade and Mazapán latte).
Por Vida, 2146 Logan Ave. San Diego, Calif. 92113
Las Cuatro Milpas
This is where you go for a taste of real Mexican home cooking: tamales, frijoles, rolled tacos and the best handmade flour tortillas in the city. Make sure to bring cash; there are no cards accepted here.
Las Cuatro Milpas, 1875 Logan Ave. San Diego, Calif. 92113
Barrio Dogg
In Tijuana, bacon-wrapped hot dogs are a favorite street food. This casual hot dog spot elevates that comfort food with organic ingredients and creative toppings. Make sure to add an order of elotitos: sweet corn with lime crema, cotija cheese and chili powder.
Barrio Dogg, 2234 Logan Ave. San Diego, Calif. 92116
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Nina Garin
Nina is a San Diego native who was also partly raised in Baja California, Mexico. She’s an arts journalist who, as a reluctant stage mother to two daughters, spends more time in theaters than the outdoors. Although she lives a few blocks from the ocean, she’s never been surfing and is too terrified of rip currents to try.
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Sandy Huffaker
Sandy, a contributing photographer for The Washington Post, arrived in San Diego 30 years ago and fell in love with the diversity of the border region. When he’s not shooting, he loves eating great Mexican food, trail running and snorkeling with the seals off La Jolla.

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