Blackened Mushrooms & Tofu Burger
Blackened Mushrooms & Tofu Burger
Grace Le

Life on The Veg: Taco Loco in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach's beloved Taco Loco is a tiny beach-side establishment that boasts a largely eclectic menu that draws from Mexican, Southern, and vegetarian culinary influences. From shaggy bearded beach bums to fixed-gear bicycle enthusiasts, you'll encounter all kinds of folk enjoying a cheap treat on the outdoor patio.

On a Monday nights, you'll probably see a majority of Taco Loco's patrons chowing down on the blackened mushrooms & tofu burger. If you haven't already guessed, this baby is the Monday night special, ringing up at just $4.25 (including chips!), but it isn't just the price that gets this item moving. Thick and juicy, this burger is piled high with sauteed mushrooms, blackened with cajun spices, and homemade guacamole on top of a sprouted wheat bun.

The tofu steak is also "blackened" and has a tender consistency with just enough springiness to give you a satisfying squish between your teeth. The blend of seasonings is harmonious, making it incredibly easy to wolf down the entire burger without thinking twice about its size. If you're a salsa enthusiast, the hot sauce kicks the flavor up to 11 and makes the burger more supple.

The price-to-deliciousness-ratio is weighs so much in your favor here that you won't be bothered by how counter-intuitive it is to be ordering a burger at a taco joint. Hell, at this price you can afford to be greedy and grab yourself a tacos as well... which I also did.

Keep reading on for an experience with Taco Loco's veg-friendly blackened potato tacos.

Blackened Potato Tacos
Blackened Potato Tacos
Grace Le
The blackened potato tacos are served on a soft tortilla shell and come with the house guacamole and salsa at no additional charge. The potatoes are cubed and sauteed and "blackened" with Cajun spices which go well in combination with the cilantro and subtle use of onions in the guacamole. At $2.60, this savory dish makes a satisfying snack or addition to your weekday special.

Taco Loco
640 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Sun-Thurs: 11a.m.-12a.m.
Fri-Sat: 11a.m.-2a.m.


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