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Carlos Salgado

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Taco Maria Extending Hours To Brunch And Late Nights

    If you know me, then you know that the way to my heart is through my favorite meal. So when I learned that Carlos Salgado was not only extending hours, but including Sunday brunch, I made time to visit their first service. While Edwin is the official restaurant reviewer, I have no problem admitting ... More >>

  • Food

    July 17, 2014

    Front Porch Pops: Just Lick 'Em

    [Hole In the Wall] Erin Whitcomb masters paletas from her Old Towne Orange location

  • Food

    February 6, 2014

    Solita: A Little Bit of SOL

    This great Huntington Beach place is Deborah Schneider's follow-up to her pioneering Newport Beach Mexican restaurant

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    The Main Course at Napa Rose, Our Drink of the Week!

    I've always thought of Napa Rose at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel as a once-a-year type of spot, a place where I take the chica and her friends and pretend to be Don Bren sans the evil and money. What I usually forget is that their cocktails are not just consistently spectacular, but also sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    10 Essential Costa Mesa Restaurants

    This is a list of restaurants your humble food writer has deemed his ten favorite in a city that's arguably one of the best restaurant cities in Orange County, one where OC Weekly World Headquarters happens to reside (lucky us!). Should any Travel Channel show host, visiting businessman, or a recent ... More >>

  • Food

    October 24, 2013

    Taco Maria, Full of Grace

    Carlos Salgado is making waves with his Costa Mesa brick-and-mortar

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Eat This Now: House Special Squid at Royal Capital Seafood Restaurant

    Here at Stick a Fork In It, we're used to passing along recommendations, but we're all about following up on a good tip, too. Recently, a friend--who goes by the luchador-like name "El Buche" (The Stomach) for his never-ending appetite--told us about the House Special Squid with butter sauce at Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Roland Rubalcava Sells Off Rubalcava's Market, Becomes OC's Premier Culinary Free Agent

    Sad/happy news to report from Placentia: Roland Rubalcava, the man behind the extraordinary Rubalcava's Bakery, has just signed the paperwork that legalizes what he's been whispering to us for a while: his family is selling the bakery where you could buy OC's best flour tortillas, bolillos, and a be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    2 Weeks Until Taco María Opens

    Taco María's luxe-lonchera is sold off, and their long-awaited restaurant at the OC Mart Mix is built out with a gorgeous dark hardwood bar counter. Permits are long-completed, inspections are over. Dave told you back in February about their plans to open a fixed location. Then in June, we let you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Taco Maria Hits the Bricks With a Kickstarter

    If you've been in the OC Mix lately, you can't help but notice the billowing plastic sheeting next to the Cheese Shop, where Taco Maria is turning a normal retail shop into a full-scale restaurant. The restaurant is moving toward a summer opening (said to be July 15, but it might be more like Aug. 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Last Service for Taco Maria THIS SATURDAY at SoCo Farmers Market

    Temporarily sad news: Carlos Salgado has announced that Taco Maria will be parking for good.This Saturday is your last chance to get food from the best luxe lonchera in Orange County; the truck's been sold to an enterprising young couple from San Diego.The final service will be Saturday, April 13, 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    [UPDATED: THIS THURSDAY!] Next OC Weekly-KCRW Good Food Happy Hour February 7 at the Bruery in Placentia!

    Updated, with new info on the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 8, 8 A.M.: All right, gentle readers: it's time for our next Happy Hour in conjunction with KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food with Evan Kleiman, and we're going to do something different for the next one, which is February 7. Instead of flooding an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Taco Maria to Park Permanently, Become Bricks-and-Mortar Restaurant at OC Mart Mix

    For the last eighteen months, we have been watching as Carlos Salgado's Taco María truck became the darling of the food community. People who refused to eat from a mobile catering truck lined up for Taco María's food, from burritos to chilaquiles, from ezquites to bone marrow quesadillas.It's fina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    [UPDATED: NEXT WEEK!] Next OC Weekly-KCRW Good Food Happy Hour February 7 at the Bruery in Placentia!

    Updated, with new info on the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 8, 8 A.M.: All right, gentle readers: it's time for our next Happy Hour in conjunction with KCRW-FM 89.9's Good Food with Evan Kleiman, and we're going to do something different for the next one, which is February 7. Instead of flooding an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    On the Line: Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, Part One

    Firsts happen all the time. Our interview with Carlos Salgado was the first time a chef brought someone to our meeting (who was lovely, by the way!). It was also the first time we heard of a subject experiencing car trouble on the way to their photo shoot. Actually, it was luxe lonchera trouble whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Notes, Quotes and Observations from Last Night's "Mad Meat Men" Bird Finale at Picnics in Costa Mesa

    With apologies to the dearly missed former Orange County Register sports columnist Randy Youngman, notes, quotes, and observations from last night's game fowl extravaganza at Picnics Kitchen in Costa Mesa hosted by the Mad Meat Men.*Fucking Dave, I swear: fucking mensch! Unlike me, he's not a shamel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Gustavo to Do Book Signing for Taco USA Dec. 6 at Santa Ana Library, Along With Soho Taco and Taco Maria!

    When I was invited by the SanTana Public Library to do a book signing Dec. 6 for my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, I was asked if perhaps I knew about Soho Taco and Taco María, and whether I could invite them to sell at our shindig. Know them? I stalk them haha!And so that's how it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    The Five Next Big Trends in Mexican Food in the United States

    This Thursday, I fly to the University of Houston in what will be the official end of my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America tour. It's been a great ride that has taken  me from the Bay Area to Texas about a million times, the South and virtually all other points, but while the tour en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Mad Meat Men: Come Eat Our (Boar) Meat

    Occasionally, and as a direct result of an OSHA investigation, the management of this blog unchains me and gives me a few hours of liberty; I like to spend it with a group of carnivores known as the Mad Meat Men.A little while back, eight of us went in on an entire boar from Da-Le Ranch in Lake Elsi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    No. 6: Anything By Taco Maria

    I have been known to wait outside Taco Maria for 20 minutes, desperate to be the first in line before the masses come. I've been known to drunkenly tweet that if you don't know Taco Maria, you don't know Mexican food, and fight with people over said sentiments. I've plugged Taco Maria God-knows-how- ... More >>

  • Food

    May 17, 2012

    Rubalcava's and the Rise of Primo-Mex

    [Hole In the Wall] This Placentia meat market is launching an audacious experiment with Mexican food

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Carlos Salgado and Gabriel Zambrano, One-Half of Orange County's Mexican-Food Million-Dollar Quartet, Pose for a Photo!

    Pictured: Gabriel Zambrano at left, with Carlos Salgado of Taco María, outside Zambrano's Soho Taco. Missing: Danny Godínez of Anepalco's and Gabbi Patrick of Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen. We'll rectify this soon--details to come...Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Eat This Now: Crispy Taco at Taco Maria

    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 to interview office drones and ask them why they preferred the wonderful ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Taco Maria, Tasting Spoon to Do Pop-Up Lunch THIS SATURDAY at SoCo Farmers Market!

    ​UPDATE: Gustavo here. Am ripping off Dave's post from January because I can haha, but also to remind people to snatch up the few remaining tickets for this Saturday's shindig. Click here for the reservations and the updated menu. Read on to drool--see you there!ORIGINAL POST BY DAVE JAN. 30, 2012 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Luxe Loncheras to Host Prix Fixe "Pop-Up" at SoCo Farmers Market

    ​Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon and Taco María will be doing a sit-down, table-service brunch "pop-up" at the SoCo farmers market on Saturday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. Joe Youkhan and Carlos Salgado will be trolling the market for ingredients, then shutting down their trucks to cook the ingredien ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Gustavo's Top 5 Restaurants of 2011!

    ​And I'll end our year-end write-up of lists with this! If it skews a bit toward the Latino side, it's because that's where some of the most exciting cooking was happening in Orange County this year. Enjoy!

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    December 13, 2011

    Drink This Now: Taco María's Almond Horchata

    Nectar of the gods...​"Is horchata good?" the cute gabacha asked me on Sunday as we waited for our respective orders from Taco María. Before I could answer, she followed up quickly: "What is horchata?"As someone who has imbibed the rice-water drink his whole life, I always get surprise when peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Soho Taco, Taco María to Hold Mini-Clustertruck Outside Fullerton Public Library Dec. 7 THIS WEDNESDAY!

    Zambrano, ready to lay down some tacos chingónes​At the end of every semester, I make my students at Cal State Fullerton give their finals before an audience at the Fullerton Public Library to prepare them for life outside the academic bubble. And we can't have a symposium without food, you kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Soho Taco, Taco María to Hold Mini-Clustertruck Outside Fullerton Public Library Dec. 7!

    ​At the end of every semester, I make my students at Cal State Fullerton give their finals before an audience at the Fullerton Public Library, to prepare them for life outside the academic bubble. And we can't have a symposium without food, you know? Last time around, I invited Barcelona on the Go ... More >>

  • Food

    November 10, 2011

    Taco Maria Signals El Return of El Native

    [Hole In the Wall] Carlos Salgado stuns Orange County with his wholly Mexican luxe lonchera

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    10 Great Luxe Loncheras in Orange County

    Photo by Christopher Victorio​I was thinking of making a list that included ALL loncheras, luxe and not, but it'd be a wash: loncheras in a landslide. That said, I've warmed up a bit to the idea of non-Mexis muscling into the food-truck business with gourmet, usually overpriced meals. The one wond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Taco Maria, Carlos Salgado's Upscale Mexican Truck, Launches

    ​It's unusual for me to be excited by the opening of a food truck--so jaded!--but this one is a little bit different--literally a luxe lonchera, with high-end Mexican food being peddled from a catering truck.A few months ago, we informed you that Carlos Salgado, the former pastry chef at Commis, O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Carlos Salgado, Pastry Chef at Oakland's Commis, to Move to Orange

    Flickr user katypang​Carlos Salgado, pastry chef at Commis in Oakland, has left to move back to transform his family's taquería in Orange into Taco Maria, which he says will serve "first-generation Mexican-American" food, according to SFGate's Inside Scoop blog. (Though, on a side note, SFGate, O ... More >>

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