First-world problems abound when you're a South County resident on the hunt for inspired Mexican food. There are few places, with a handful of great plates, but nothing really compares to even some of the more average restaurants and loncheras in Central and North O.C.
One bright light is the recently-opened Cuca's in Foothill Ranch, the first local outpost of a chain from the 909. The chicken tacos dorados are on par with those at Sarinana's in SanTana and they even sell a "taco burger," essentially a throwback bun taco for all the Naugles fans out there. But for the truly adventurous (or truly stoned), there's something even better on the menu. Say it with me now: "Taquito. Burrito. Taquito Burrito."
The taquito burrito is exactly what it sounds like, and that's just the way we like it. Two crunchy beef or chicken taquitos are stuffed into a burrito that's already bulging with refried beans, rice, lettuce, cheddar cheese and guacamole. Think Taco Bell's Double Decker, but in a larger size and with better ingredients.
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While we try and stick to authentic Mexican when possible, we can only eat so many huaraches, sopes and enfrijoladas before the inevitable craving for some good ol' bastardized American-Mex creeps up on us. Because some great mind thought to cram taquitos in a burrito, we have a new favorite meal to hit that spot.
57. Clam Chowder at Billy's at the Beach 58. Volcan at Tacos Ruben y Mulitas 59. The Burger at ARC 60. Chocolate Chip Cookie at Crave 61. Lime Curd At Playground 62. Every Damn Thing at Mochi Cream 63. Most Things at Devilicious Donuts 64. Robiola Bosina at Provisions Market 65. Bite-Sized Stinky Tofu at Tofu King 66. Tacos Dorados at Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos 67. Tlacoyo at El Rincon Chilango 68. Whole Pig Roast at Haven Gastropub 69. Chingaderas at Smoqued BBQ 70. The Continuous Ramen Chronicles at The Playground 71. Shrimp & Grits at Slapfish 72. Bacon Cotton Candy at Biggy's Meat Market 73. Urban 3b at Urban Seoul 74. Waffles & Chicken from The Slummin' Gourmet & Waffles de Liege 75. Ahi Tuna Tartar at Nieuport 17 76. Chicken Wings at Hashigo Korean Kitchen 77. Brussels Sprouts Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza 78. Breakfast Sausage Hash at Thasos Greek Island Grille 79. Chocolate Doughnut with Jacobsen Sea Salt at Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee 80. Loco Moco Dog at Dogzilla 81. Fruit Tart at Le Croissant Dore 82. Daing Na Bangus (Marinated Milkfish) Silog Breakfast at Chowking 83. Strawberry Basil Lemonade at Mick's Karma Bar 84. Lemongrass Chicken Salad at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop 85. Tofu Soup at Tasty Thai 86. Take-Out Dim Sum at Capital B.B.Q. and Dim Sum Express 87. Hodo Gwaja at Cocohodo 88. Popcorn Chicken Salad at Guppy House 89. Fried Okra at Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar 90. Salted Egg With Bitter Melon & Scrambled Egg at Tasty Noodle House 91. Boysenberry Lemonade from Bautista Creek Local Produce at SOCO Farmers' Market 92. Scallop Carpaccio with Curry Oil and Yuzu Vinaigrette from Cafe Hiro 93. White Board Specials at Taco Adobe 94. Coney Dog at LinX 95. Halal Pizzas from San Giovanni Pizzas 96. Clayuda at El Fortín 97. Lunch Buffet at Dosa Express 98. The Meats at Darya in Orange 99. Panocha at Taquería Zamora 100. Bean-and-Cheese Burrito from Del Taco