Tongue 'em up!
Tongue 'em up!
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75. Lengua Tacos at La Chonita

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Get ready to associate quality Mexican food with gabacho musical theatre kids. Because the taco truck on the corner of Sycamore Street and Civic Center Drive--a favorite for students at the Orange County School of the Arts--serves one of the finest lengua tacos you'll find in OC.

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This truck hasn't received the luxe lonchera memo that even Mexican-owned taco trucks need to pimp their ride. It's stripped down, basic, completely devoid of style. But no amount of ambiance or atmosphere can top standing on the sidewalk in the hot afternoon sun, dousing fat chunks of tongue in lime. And no amount of artisan craftsmanship can top the way fatty lengua melts in your mouth, the way it pushes small flour tortillas to their breaking point, to the brink of spilling open.

Get to the truck around 11:30 on a weekday to watch OCSA students dodge referrals in a nervous attempt to score these tacos on their lunch break.

At the corner of Sycamore Street and Civic Center Drive, SanTana, (714) 812-2691.

The List:

76. Oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm at the Orange Homegrown Farmers Market 77. Lemon Miso Crab Melt at Umami Burger in Laguna Beach 78. Pani Puri from Adya 79. The Pocket at the Pocket Burger 80. Gyro Sandwich from Paul's Place 81. Slice of Heaven at Pie-Not 82. Taquitos at El Toro Bravo 83. Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut at the Donuttery 84. Dan Dan Mian at Wei-Shian Noodle 85. Beef Burger at Rider's Club Café 86. Smoked Trout at Provenance 87. Small Plates at A&J Restaurant 88. Corn Cheese at Zoomak Asian Bistro 89. Pumpkin Curry at Bhan Baitong 90. Poke at Costco Tustin II 91. Pambazo at Tacos Radioactivos 92. Beef Pho at Pho Crystal Noodle House 93. Breakfast Burrito from Cafe Calacas 94. Koobideh Plate from Grill Cafe 95. Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's 97. Breakfast Sausage from Da-Le Ranch 99. Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels 100. Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Lola Gaspar

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