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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.

Any others?

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    ChristianZ Sep 12, 2006 11:09 PM

    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:

    http://ocmexfood.blogspot.com/2006/05...

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      Chubbypanda Sep 12, 2006 11:23 PM

      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.

      - Chubbypanda

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        ChristianZ Sep 12, 2006 11:26 PM

        That must've been a long time ago since Taco Mesa opened in 1992, possibly 1991.

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          Chubbypanda Sep 13, 2006 01:17 AM

          You know, you're right. I was thinking of Taco Surf on Harbor. Taco Mesa rocks. Screw Taco Surf.

          - Chubbypanda

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            Wonginator Sep 13, 2006 04:16 PM

            Couldn't have been Taco Surf on Harbor. That was a Thai restaurant before. Taco Surf rocks, especially their Killers Alamo burritos.

    2. elmomonster Sep 12, 2006 09:12 PM

      Thanks all! These suggestions will last me many a Tuesday (and Thursday)!

      http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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        JBC Sep 12, 2006 02:29 PM

        Not on Tuesday, but how about Taco Thursdays?

        Not exactly standard tacos, but 3 Mediterranean Tacos for $10:

        http://www.blacksheepbistro.com/dinne...

        Black Sheep Bistro
        303 El Camino Real
        Tustin
        (714) 544-6060

        1. russkar Sep 12, 2006 02:08 PM

          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.

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            Chubbypanda Sep 12, 2006 06:11 AM

            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

            Jugos Acapulco
            745 W 19th St.
            Costa Mesa, CA 92627
            1-949-722-8513

            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

            - CP

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              Professor Salt Sep 12, 2006 06:29 AM

              I like Jugo Acapulco's aguas, good stuff. Yes, it's in the same strip mall as my "chosen Mexican feeding spot," El Toro Bravo. That's funny, and very true!

            2. Professor Salt Sep 12, 2006 05:38 AM

              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.

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                Afty Sep 12, 2006 06:24 AM

                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.

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                  Professor Salt Sep 12, 2006 06:26 AM

                  That's it. Taco Factory. Thanks. Coworkers and I used to hit that place for Taco Tuesday ten years ago.

                  I still favor El Toro Bravo's carne asada, no contest.

              2. chica Sep 12, 2006 05:04 AM

                Not in the requested area, but DUKE'S in Malibu. :-)

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