Taco María

Stories about Taco María

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

Napa Rose review: Disney’s finest dining experience needs a dose of modern magic

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • April 20, 2023

them first to Taco María or Knife Pleat, both in Costa Mesa. An alcove in the corner of Napa Rose’s immense dining room exhibits awards for its wine program over the years; it’s probably time to reinvest in the tenor of wine service if the accolades are

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

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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

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

Damian: everything a modern L.A. Mexican restaurant should be

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • October 13, 2022

silky avocado-tomatillo salsa served alongside. Its excellence speaks to the restaurant’s investment in its masa program. Damian works with heirloom corn purveyor Masienda, an early partner with Carlos Salgado at his defining Taco María in Costa Mesa

Best thing I ate: Orange County’s 20 best dishes of 2021, ranked

Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • December 22, 2021

you eat this year. 211 W. 2nd St., Santa Ana, 714-972-1172, lolagaspar.com Scallop aguachile at Taco María in Costa Mesa (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) 2. Scallop aguachile at Taco María Served raw, these scallops from Ensenada

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

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