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Taco Maria - Closed

N/A Orange, CA 92867 | Orange | 714-538-8444

Location Description:

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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  • Cuisine(s): Mexican, Street Food
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Features: Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout

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