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Looking for good Beef Tongue in OC!

I live in Newport Beach and I love beef tongue but can't find it anywhere other than Santa Ana and that's getting like Lengua Taco's. Looking for someplace closer. Any style. Asian, Mexican, etc... Please help me out! I've searched everywhere!

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  1. I would like to find it in a grocery store to cook!! Where?? I live in Orange.

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    1. re: OCEllen

      You can find this in some Japanese markets already sliced thin.

      1. re: justagthing

        You're absolutely right. I take back what I said about not being able to find this grade at retail.

    2. Try it Japanese BBQ style. Thinly sliced pieces of well marbled Prime grade tongue, grilled yourself over charcoal at your table. Dip in a little lemon juice and salt. As pure and good as it gets.

      OCEllen, this grade of tongue is usually not available at retail. What you find most times doesn't have the marbling. If you can deal with a lesser grade, try the Mexican supermarkets in Orange, there are several along Tustin Avenue. Costco will occasionally bring it in, but it's a hit and miss thing at Costco, mostly miss.

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      Tsuruhashi
      18798 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

      Anjin
      3033 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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      1. re: Professor Salt

        Anjin holds the title for me for great beef tongue. It's on the pricey side and I can almost assure you that you will have a wait but it sure is tasty!

      2. You are in for a treat right around the corner. El Toro Bravo!!!
        745 W 19TH ST | COSTA MESA 92627

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        1. re: cdmedici

          Gotta say as much as I love El Toro Bravo, their lengua is not one of their strengths.

        2. Super Antojitos in Costa Mesa has a great lengua en salsa verde--a big bowl of buttery little beef tongue cubes in a tomatillo-based sauce with a good chile bite to it. Love that stuff--great comfort food.

          I moved away from OC a few months ago, and I do miss this dish!

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          Super Antojitos
          2949 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm actually going to go to El Toro Bravo today! Other than taco's and Japanese grills, is there anyplace else? Something along the lines of a meal where I can go grab to go.

            1. I tried El Toro Bravo and It was good. But I really like El Toro Carniceria in Santa Ana better. Any other suggestions other than Taco's and Asian BBQ? I know in SGV a lot of Taiwanese Restaurants serve it with Curry and some Mexican restaurants have it think sliced with some sort of sauce. That's what I'm looking for.

              1. for Lengua tacos try California Ranch Market on Commonwealth Ave and Raymond Ave in fullerton. They only setup the taco stand (which is in front of the meat market) fri-sunday 5-11:30pm though.

                for anything other than tacos, Cafe Hiro in Cypress served a superb beef tongue that looked like a filet mignon with a side of tourned potatoes and demi glace.

                1. I actually made Tongue last night. It was my first time and it came out great. I picked up a whole 3lb tongue from the grocery store. Cleaned it for awhile and put it in a big pot. I put half beef broth and half water with cloves of garlic, onions, celery, carrots, bay leaf and salt and pepper. Boiled then simmered it for about 2 1/2 hours. Pulled out and and the skin came right off. Sliced it up and ate it just like that. Perfect! I'm actully going to use the left overs and mix it up with some curry. I'm definetly going to make this again. So simple!