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MzMaggie Jul 18, 2006 03:27 PM

I just read this morning that Taco Mesa will open a Taco Rosa branch in the Marketplace soon.

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    stormin norman Jul 18, 2006 04:10 PM

    that's great news for all of us Irvinites...where did you hear this ?

    1. NinoHB714 Jul 18, 2006 04:23 PM

      I ate at the Newport Taco Rosa on Saturday. They brought out a mini tostada and taquito appetizer while we looked at the menu. I had the cochinita pibil which came with a tasty sweet corn cake. I had a refreshing mango agua fresca that they refilled twice. My friend had the Mexico City enchiladas, which he liked.

      Sunday I ate at the original Taco Mesa in Costa Mesa. I had the cochinita pibil again. The food was the same thing except no banana leaf wrapping the pork and no corn cake. The price was almost half of Taco Rosa's, $6.99 vs $12. No refills on my watermelon agua fresca. I believe the Mexico City enchiladas were only $5.99 vs. $10 at Taco Rosa.

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        torta basilica Jul 18, 2006 04:32 PM

        Not really fair to compare prices on the two. Taco Mesa is a no-service stand with a few tables on the patio on 19th Street in Costa Mesa. I am spacing on this, but believe food is all served on paper plates or in to-go containers. That said, I still love it! Taco Rosa is a full service restaurant with bar & patio in an Irvine Co. owned upscale strip mall in Newport Beach. Great friendly table service & hostess & those yummy complimentary appetizers. Totally different animals, but both share their great food!

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          Funwithfood Jul 18, 2006 04:32 PM

          Is the one in Costa Mesa on 17th?

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            NinoHB714 Jul 18, 2006 04:51 PM

            Yes

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          stuartmm Jul 18, 2006 05:19 PM

          19th . Across from DMV.

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            MzMaggie Jul 18, 2006 05:42 PM

            I read about the new Taco Rosa in the Register this morning.

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              abaraff Dec 8, 2006 05:06 PM

              Just ate at the Taco Rosa in Irvine for the first time. I thought the food was excellent. I had the Arizona burrito-- gigantic proportions-- blackened chicken with sauteed vegatables (spinach, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes) yummo. Also served with black beans, guacamole, sour cream and lovely arrangment of large sliced carrots just delish! The girl across the table from me had a quesadilla which was of enormous proportion as well but looked tasty. Another dish at the table was the special for the night...lobster enchiladas said to be very good as well. These dishes $10 each but well worth it. Ask for guacamole and chips--so good. They also bring out a mini appetizer sampler to start. I enjoyed the night!

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                Zadok Dec 8, 2006 05:29 PM

                I saw a sign. It will be at the old Ko Ko Ru on Jamboree - near the Macaroni Grill

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                  brekkie_fan Dec 12, 2006 07:48 AM

                  can't believe it took them so long to get rid of that pathetic chicken joint....

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                  GrindzHound Dec 12, 2006 05:24 AM

                  Can't wait 'til it opens. Closer to my neighborhood!

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                    ChristianZ Jan 31, 2007 10:40 PM

                    It opens the first week of March.

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                      Kaisgraham Feb 1, 2007 07:19 AM

                      We live about a mile away from the Irvine Taco Rosa and go there often. I love their chili rellenos. Just heard from friends last night about the new one in the Tustin Marketplace which used to be Kookooroo. Great addition to that area; they should do well.

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