Taco María

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Review: Even during coronavirus crisis, Taco María shines bright

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 4, 2020

Just before the lockdown order came in March, I dined again at Taco María in Costa Mesa. I ate poppyseed tostadas topped with Dungeness crab. They were exquisite. I enjoyed lamb birria infused with star anise and coffee. Chef Carlos Salgado had

tortillas served with the family meals are Taco María’s signature heirloom blue-corn tortillas, which are quite unlike any other tortilla you’ve ever tasted. A beautiful, speckled blue gray, they are thick and heavy even as they measure only four inches

Critic’s Notebook: These are the 5 hottest tables in OC right now

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • September 9, 2021

toughest tables in Orange County right now. Taco María After focusing exclusively on takeout for more than a year, chef Carlos Salgado has finally reopened his fine-dining Mexican restaurant Taco María for in-person dinners, albeit for outdoor dining only

The 75 best restaurants in Orange County in 2019 (15-1)

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • May 3, 2019

$25. 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 949-500-5561, arcrestaurant.com The grilled sliced sirloin tip, potatoes and crema at Arc in Costa Mesa (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) 4. Taco María (2018 ranking: 10) Six years into Carlos

Salgado’s rediscovery of Mexican cuisine, Taco María is approaching culinary parity with the likes of Pujol or Quintonil in Mexico City. Forget everything you think you know about Mexican food and come here for the four-course prix fixe dinner and splurge

Vine    A Restaurant    The Ranch Restaurant    Irenia    Water Grill    Broadway    Mastro's Steakhouse    Brick    Vaca    Arc    Taco María    Marché Moderne    Bourbon Steak    Hana re    Solita   

Critic’s Notebook: 10 memorable food discoveries from the pandemic

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • June 3, 2021

from Taco María in Costa Mesa were no secret to me, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that I found myself with jars of these dark, spicy chile oils on the condiment shelf in my fridge: salsa morita, arbol and ancho. When Taco María pivoted from fine

10 options for family-style takeout: OC’s Best Places to Eat 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 9, 2020

more about getting food on the table for the entire family. No restaurant answered that call more heroically than Taco María, where trendsetting chef Carlos Salgado recast his destination dining room known for leisurely multi-course tasting menus as a

forget the brownie bark. 6460 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, 562-431-0445, noblebirdrotisserie.com Rotisserie chickens from Noble Bird at 2nd and PCH in Long Beach (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Taco María When this is all

Andrei's    Birrieria el Bandido    Buttermilk Fried Chicken    Clay Oven    Harley    The Kickin' Crab    Lola Gaspar    Noble Bird    Taco María    Vaca   

Carlos Salgado's Taco María is The Times' 2018 Restaurant of the Year

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • May 1, 2018

to local produce that it occasionally seems as if they have massive gardens of their own backing up to the kitchen. Yet no restaurant in years may have had quite the impact that Taco María and its chef Carlos Salgado have had on the Southern

in an almost anti-luxurious dining room in a Costa Mesa hipster mall, an hour’s drive from many of his fans and colleagues, is almost a miracle. Taco María has given not only Los Angeles but his native Orange County a sense of place — a place where

Wild Goose Tavern Owners Open Playa Mesa With the Sous Chef From Taco María in the Kitchen

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • August 15, 2018

stint as sous chef at Carlos Salgado’s Taco María. But Rubalcava’s reputation was arguably set way before he started working under Salgado. His family owns La Reina markets, and up until he sold it to jumpstart his career as a chef, Rubalcava owned

two per order and garnished with a slice of avocado, some cilantro and pico de gallo—I questioned whether they were the right thing to order. I knew after having the food at Taco María that Rubalcava is capable of much more than this, and looking down

Best thing I ate: Critic Brad A. Johnson’s 20 best dishes of 2020

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 17, 2020

Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 3. Crispy bean tacos from Taco María It’s hard to fathom now that when Taco María opened in 2013 they didn’t actually serve tacos. And who could have imagined back then that in 2020 Taco María would be

Where to eat in Orange County in 2020: A guide to the best places

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • October 6, 2020

dedicated a good chunk of this guide to the best of what I’ve discovered along the way, like the extraordinary crispy tacos and shrimp aguachile from Taco María in Costa Mesa. Or the exquisite curbside tasting menus from Marché Moderne in Crystal Cove. Or

Taco Tuesday: Taco Maria’s smoked fish taco is an Orange County icon

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 7, 2020

Chef Carlos Salgado’s smoked fish taco at Taco María has become one of Orange County’s most iconic dishes. It’s a fancy taco. Very, very fancy. The best way to enjoy it is to sit at the chef’s counter and watch it being made. Be patient. It’s a slow

. In fact — and I don’t say this lightly — it is infinitely more delicious than any of the incredible tacos served on the eight-course taco omakase menu at Mexico City’s Pujol.  Taco María Where: 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa When: Available only on the