El Toro Bravo

739 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-631-4464

Details

  • Daily 6am-9pm
  • $
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Reservations Not Accepted
El Toro Bravo in Costa Mesa is a legendary carniceria, selling only meat, tacos, and burritos. They've been cranking out great tortillas, tacos and burritos for so many decades (and is related to both El Toro Bravo in SanTana and El Camino Real in Fullerton) that it's easy to take El Toro Bravo's skill for granted: the best-flavored rotisserie chicken, carne asada griddled with caramelized onion, and the moistest carnitas in the Mexican-restaurant neighborhood of West Costa Mesa. El Toro Bravo could easily rest on its reputation and stop caring, like so many long-running restaurants, but they still kill it every day on their specialty items. Whole chickens are dry-brined for many hours with an annatto-rich adobo seasoning that works its tangy flavor and salt deep into the breast meat. If you've ever eaten bland rotisserie chicken (I'm looking at you, Costco!) that lacked any salt or flavor beneath the skin, know that's not going to happen to you at El Toro Bravo, ever.

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