Welcome to the 2011 edition of Stick A Fork In It's 100 Favorite Dishes. We've just kicked off our countdown to #1 (which will appear the same week as our compendium on all that's good and right about Orange County).
Filling, nutritious lunches for cheap aren't just for schoolkids in Jamie Oliver's perfect world; in the guise of comida corrida, they're what keeps Mexico running. While comida corrida isn't as cheap in OC as it is in Mexico City, the concept is the same: a multi-course meal of soup or noodles, rice, and a main dish, served with tortillas.
Taquería La Raza, in a dusty, wind-swept stretch of Santa Ana, does it well: noodle soup with vegetables, tomatoey rice, fantastic handmade tortillas, and your choice of meats like chicharrones en roja (pictured) or costillas en verde (pork ribs in green sauce, sometimes with purslane), plus a side of beans, all for the princely sum of about $6.
Suck it, Subway.
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Taquería La Raza, 925 W. Warner, Santa Ana; (714) 641-5142.
Click here for our 100 faves from 2010! The list so far this time around:
No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl