Taco Tuesday in the Irvine/Tustin/Costa Mesa/Santa Ana area?
- elmomonster Sep 12, 2006 04:55 AM
Any Taco Tuesdays worth trying in the Irvine/Tustin/Costa Mesa/Santa Ana area?
I've had Arribas (both at the University Center across from UCI and also the one over in MetroPointe), but they're grease bombs, being that they're deep fried and all.
There's a tacos al carbon place in Tustin, can't remember the name of the place. It's just ok IMO, but it's been there for years. Someone must love the place enough to keep it open.
It's on Newport Ave at McFadden. It's adjacent to the parking lot where India Sweets and Spices is located.
re: Professor Salt
I believe you're referring to Taco Factory, on the corner of Walnut and Newport. I've never had their tacos, but their carna asada burritos are vasty superior to Alberta's...also in Tustin just a few blocks away.
I know Fresca's on the corner of Red Hill and Edinger has Taco Tuesdays. Alas, I can't vouch for their tacos either.
Elmo my friend,
I give you my secret favorite Mexican restaurant with the understanding that you won't blog about it before I do. =b
745 W 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
The tacos are good, the tortas are excellent, albeit heart-attack inducing, and the aqua frescas are a must-have. Plus, the prices are dirt cheap. I think it's near the one of the Prof's chosen Mexican feeding spots.
It's also near Sushi Shibucho, on the other side of the street. BTW, you have better luck getting a bar seat at Sushi Shibucho if you hit it near the end of lunch service mid-week. I used to work in the area and never had a problem getting a seat. 'Course, I do speak some Japanese, and Chef Shibutani has a bit of a soft spot for Taiwanese pandas. =D
El Ranchito on 1st in SA has some pretty good grub. Their Fish Tacos are exceptional and their taco Tues have been decent. Been around 60 years.
Don't forget Taco Mesa! They do a Taco Tuesday too (90% sure). It is in the same vicinity as El Toro Bravo, Jugos Acapulco, and Taqueria el Granjenal. All good choices (one of them I've yet to try, but I can vouch for the others). There is also a little known place in that area called La Cocina de Isabel:
Taco Mesa is certainly tasty, but I haven't been able to enjoy my food there. They replaced a cute little sushi shop with the highly descriptive name "New Sushi", which struggled there for over a year before finally folding. I became friends with the owner/sushi chef. Too many sad memories.