Tabu Burgers & Bites is a hamburger spot in Santa Ana. As you walk in, you see a big, gaudy drawing of a hamburger with a chile relleno hovering in the middle of it. It’s a subtle nod that this new burger joint wants to be an indigenous part of SanTana and that as you made your way here, you passed three pushcarts selling duros in dangling bags and cut-up fruit dusted with chile powder. More than anything, the illustration foreshadows a menu that favors carnitas over bacon, tortilla chips over fries, and agua frescas over milkshakes. When you are told “Tabu” is a portmanteau of “tamales” and “burgers,” it all falls into place. This isn’t just a “burger restaurant”; it’s also a “Latin American restaurant.”
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Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei
As you walk into Tabu Burgers & Bites, you see a big, gaudy drawing of a hamburger with a chile relleno hovering in the middle of it. It's a subtle nod that this new burger joint wants to be an indigenous part of SanTana, a reminder...