Tamarindo Truck

9975 Toledo Way
Irvine, CA 92618


  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Tamarindo Truck is a luxe lonchera. It offers great food: Mexico City-style quesadillas, spectacular hard-shell potato tacos that take the Lenten standard and brighten them with epazote and quesillo, scintillating ceviche that isn’t always available because chef Pedro Resendiz uses responsibly caught fish. And while the lard-free tamales seem like a gimmick, hold judgement until you bite into the fluffy, moist masa—even your abuelita from El Porvenir would approve. There’s none of the baroque Chicano creations of Taco Maria here, nor the overwhelming portions of a paisa place; this is delicious, responsible food like you'd find at home with a bunch of drunk cousins or second-generation Chicanas rooting on El Tri.

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  • Tamarindo Truck: Maestro de Meats
    Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    Tamarindo Truck doesn't need this review. It's already a popular luxe lonchera, finding a loyal following with its twists on Mexican food using organic produce and meats. I've delayed reviewing it because the owners recognized me wh...

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