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Best Mexican Restaurant Orange County 2013 - Taco Maria

Taco Maria

Taco Maria

3313 Hyland Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714-538-8444

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Readers' Choice: Avila's El Ranchito

For the past couple of years, Carlos Salgado roamed the streets of Orange County with his Taco Maria luxe lonchera, wowing hipsters and wabs alike with his stunning takes on Mexican food. He shuttered the truck to focus on a full restaurant inside the OC Mix, and while Salgado could've just replicated the menu that won him a rabid following, he upped Taco Maria's game into the echelons of alta cocina sans the Bayless snobbery—meats still in the key of taco, but now buttressed by a menu of great sides (that huanzontle you're chewing on? It's the next kale) and the finest aguas frescas this side of a carne asada Sunday.

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