#79. Blackened Mushroom & Tofu Burger at Taco Loco

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We continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy!

#79. Blackened Mushroom & Tofu Burger at Taco Loco

Quick--You've scored yourself an entire meal in for under for under $5. Where are you and what are you holding? If you either of your answers contain either "IKEA" or "a plate of Swedish meatballs" then you need to keep reading.

In an ideal scenario, you would be standing in

Laguna Beach


Taco Loco

holding a juicy, guacamole-slathered

blackened mushroom & tofu burger

between your hands. More specifically, you'd be there on a Monday when the pick this baby up for $4 flat including guacamole, chips and salsa. That's 99 cents cheaper than a plate of lukewarm Swedish meatballs!

Simple and savory, the blackened mushroom & tofu burger contains all the ingredients listed in its name plus your choice of toppings (of which guacamole and salsa are free). The term "blackened" refers, not to char, but to the signature blend of Cajun spices used to flavor a majority of the dishes. You'll be hard pressed to find a higher quality meal for a lower price in this neck of Orange County, so conquer that case of the Mondays by tucking into this hearty burger and then walking it off on one of the area's many pristine beaches.

Taco Loco
640 S Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The list so far:

#100. Jerk Carnitas Torta at The Crosby
#99. Nem Nuong Cuon at Brodard
#98. Pork Chop Anything at Nice Time Deli
#97. Flying Saucer at Alberto's
#96. Frozen Custard at Marc Burger's in Macy's Signature Kitchen
#95. Collard Greens at Johnny Reb's
#94. Strawberry Shortcake from Job's Daughters
#93. Cuban Sandwich at DeSimone's Deli
#92. Lamb with Preserved Cabbage at Mas Islamic Chinese
#91. Baked Rice at Luc Dinh Ky
#90. Beans on Toast at The Olde Ship
#89. Midnight Al Pastor Burrito or Taco at Taqueria Tapatia
#88. Budino di Cioccolato, Pizzeria Ortica
#87. Beef Teriyaki Bowl, Teriyami
#86. Salmon Onigiri at Cream Pan
#85. Beef Fat Fries at SideDoor
#84. Silken Tofu & Thousand Year Old Egg at Asian Tapas
#83. Cambodian Beef Jerky at Sophy's
#82. Com Tam at Com Tam Tran Quy Cap
#81. Chipotle-Piloncillo Goat Cheese at SOL Cocina
#80. Nem Nuong Cuon at Au Lac Restaurant

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