Grand New: Stan Diego, Baja Taco Kitchen

Stan Diego is officially opening doors on April 26thand will definitely be the happening place to hang out in the greater Grand Rapids area. This new concept from Meritage Hospitality brings the vibes of SoCal to West Michigan in the form of a taco kitchen.

What was once home to Crooked Goose is now a transformed laid-back atmosphere that transports you to sunny California. Stepping into the renovated building is an open concept with bright beachy colors. The restaurant features a retro orange VW surf van in the center of the dining room and foosball table to get you up and working off those tacos. The openness of the restaurant even gives diners a look at their food being freshly prepared by the kitchen.

The menu includes a variety of taco flavors with homemade tortillas, ceviche, sopes, tamales, tortas, homemade salsas and guacamole, fresh squeezed margaritas, and so much more! With Chef Luke Theaker leading the kitchen, you can expect delicious Latin American cuisine. Chef Luke has previously worked at notable Grand Rapids restaurants, Grove, Greenwell, and Gravity.

Our team investigated each variety of taco flavor closely and they all have the official GRNow stamp of approval. There’s certainly a taco for everyone with options ranging from chicken to mushrooms and even surf and turf. Let’s take a closer look at the six taco varieties that you can look forward to. All tacos are served on homemade flour tortillas but they can be made on a gluten-free option upon request.

Al Pastor: Chile rubbed and roasted pork shoulder, charred pineapple, chopped onion, and cilantro.

Carne Asada: Marinated and roasted chuck steak, with caramelized onions, rajas cruda, queso blanco, and cilantro.

Pescado: Battered Wahoo, chipotle mayo, mojo slaw, fresh chile-mango relish, cilantro.

Hongos: Smoked and beer braised mushrooms, stewed kale, epazote, pipian rojo, goat cheese and fried pumpkin seed crunch. This taco is vegetarian-friendly.

Milanesa de Pollo: Marinated chicken thigh, pounded thin, masa breaded and fried crisp, fiesta yogurt, spicy blistered cherry tomato salsa, cucumbers, and mint.

Surf & Turf: Roasted chile rubbed shrimp, chopped bacon, lime-avocado mayo, shredded lettuce, salsa morita, and cilantro.

Make sure to pair your tacos with a delicious fresh squeezed margarita! If you’re not a margarita fan, there is an extensive cocktail menu along with wine, craft beer, and domestic beers.

Stan Diego will also offer a happy hour from 3-6pm on Sunday through Thursday. Happy hour will include $5 house margaritas, sangria, and select wines, $2.50 garage beers, $3.50 wells, and a few special $2 happy hour tacos.

Stan Diego is located at 355 Wilson Ave. NW, Walker, Michigan, 49534.

Special opening weekend hours are April 26-28thfrom 4-11pm and April 29thfrom 4-10pm.

For more information on Stan Diego, visit their website here. Make sure to follow GRNOW on Instagram for more insider information on events, restaurants, and fun in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

Jenn Fillenworth is a Food Blogger for and a Registered Dietitian that has a passion for local eats and sustainable food practices. You can email her feedback or insider story ideas to