Porkyland is family-owned and locally operated, and for the past 38 years our mission has remained the same: to deliver an authentic, traditional Mexican dining experience full of freshness and flavor. You have the ability to customize your menu to ensure your guests are satisfied.
Owners Pepe and Deborah Stepensky originally moved from Mexico City to San Diego in 1986 and quickly discovered there was a need for more authentic Mexican food but in a fast-casual atmosphere. Porkyland Mexican Grill helped fulfill their dream to bring a little bit of Mexico City to the community of San Diego. Porkyland Mexican Grill prides itself on serving original family recipes made from scratch daily.
Pepe and Deborah currently operate Porkyland Mexican Grill servicing the Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and Torrey Hills neighborhoods as well as two longtime staples of Seaport Village: Margaritas Kitchen & Cantina, and San Diego Burger Company.
All of our salsas, sauces, marinades and guacamole are made fresh, in house daily. We bring authentic and traditional flavors to life in our kitchens every day, and every meal is made to order.
Barrio Logan History
It all started with a railroad project in 1871. Congressman John A. Logan approved funds to have a railroad ending in what was called after him, Logan Heights Street. You can still see the remains of the original track. That gave the name to the area as Logan Heights, which soon after became Barrio Logan.
In 1982, when the YMCA and the first free public library were established in San Diego, so was Porkyland. Our early founders opened a tortillería (tortilla factory) in the corner of Logan Heights and Sampson. They then began to make tortillas from scratch and to sell carnitas by the pound.
That is how the name Porkyland was born without knowing the iconic and transcendental image and history that was going to make for the Barrio.
Then, the first Porkyland Taco de Carnitas was born. It was authentic, truly Mexican, and weighed 6 ounces.
The rest is history. Today, after millions of Tacos de Carnitas along with many other items that complemented our menu, we are still standing, serving our community, and proudly serving the finest ingredients which make our dishes still from scratch.
Our Sister Restaurants
For more delicious San Diego cuisine, be sure to check out our sister restaurants in Seaport Village!