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Named after a Michoacán rancho that has sent thousands of its residents to Orange County, the colorful restaurant makes the best tacos in the county. They deviate from taco protocol by using full-sized corn tortillas and pile on chunks of your choice of grilled meat. The salsa is extraordinary, a dark-red lava extract whose burn factor is unknown outside Paricutín. Geographycheatsheet:Mexican village. 899W.19thSt.,CostaMesa.(949)645-4964.$

An open-minded place with a sense of adventure. The ribs rule here, coming in a broad range of styles from traditional to Cajun to Caribbean. Geographycheatsheet:Oklahoma backwater where, on May 31, 1921, the largest race riot in the history of the United States occurred. 954N.TustinAve.,Orange,(714)633-3760.$$

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