Taco Maria - Closed

Orange, CA 92867
Taco Maria

Mary Pastrana


  • $
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
Taco Maria's Carlos Salgado makes Mexican food out of a truck that beats 99 percent of the Mexican food served in OC restaurants. High-quality steak is grilled and mixed with bacon and grilled onions for a taco de arrachera; mole de pollo swims in a homemade sauce that'll make even Oaxacan abuelitas smile; vegetable tacos, strictly from seasonal, farmers' market offerings, could convert a die-hard carnivore. Even humble ezquites—corn cut off the cob—get the gourmet treatment, with fresh herbs, freshly made cream and lime juice.

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  • On the Line: Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, Part Two
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 9 a.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

    When we read over Carlos Salgado's answers, the word that comes to mind is nerd. But nerdy in the best possible sense. Think about it. A nerd made the world want a certain smartphone. Someone possessing book smarts is so knowledgeab...

  • On the Line: Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, Part One
    Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 3 p.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

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  • Eat This Now: Crispy Taco at Taco Maria
    Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    A couple of weeks ago, I did a segment for the NPR show, Latino USA, highlighting the luxe lonchera scene in Irvine in support of my new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. Taco María served as my laboratory t...


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