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Taco Maria

3313 Hyland Ave. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Costa Mesa | 714-538-8444

Location Description:

Taco Maria is a Mexican restaurant in Costa Mesa. A local boy who eventually became the pastry chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant called Commis in Oakland, Salgado returned to OC a few years ago to sling tacos and burritos out of a lonchera he named after his mom, Maria. But the truck, as great as it was, turned out to be just warm-up to this brick-and-mortar. At the new restaurant, also called Taco Maria, Salgado has traded tacos for the sophisticated Mexican of alta cocina. A meal here will come at a leisurely two-hour pace, each course served with its own set of utensils. This is the food Salgado was destined to cook. He prepares only eight dishes, each of them thoughtful and flawless, served four per person for a $44 price. The thing to do, of course, is to bring a friend, have them order the other four dishes, and then share each one.


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  • Cuisine(s): Mexican
  • Hours: Tues.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 5:30-10 p.m.
  • Price: $$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Parking: Lot Available

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