El Rincón Chilango's tacos dorados de papa (let's just use all the terms, shall we?) epitomize why I always loved it when my mother made them: crunchy, greasy shell; a thin layer of mashed potatoes; with repollo on top. Homemade salsa on the side. It's a simple dish that few can match–and then I discovered the potato tacos at Avanti Cafe.
I think my past 10 visits to Avanti have resulted in me ordering the potato tacos, even though I probably enjoy the pizzas more. Behold the best hard-shell taco ever created by gabachos. El Rincón Chilango's tacos deserve a bite, but it's Avanti's version that deserves the win this week.
El Rincón Chilango, 1133 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, (714) 836-5096. Avanti Cafe, 259 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 548-2224; www.avantinatural.com