Taco Maria, Carlos Salgado's Upscale Mexican Truck, Launches

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It's unusual for me to be excited by the opening of a food truck--so jaded!--but this one is a little bit different--literally a luxe lonchera, with high-end Mexican food being peddled from a catering truck.

A few months ago, we informed you that Carlos Salgado, the former pastry chef at Commis, Oakland's own temple of haute cuisine, had returned home to his native Orange to open Taco Maria. We all thought it was going to be a restaurant, perhaps a reinvention of his family's Batavia Street restaurant, La Siesta; it turns out it's actually a truck named Frida.


It's a little unexpected to see alta cocina dishes such as bone marrow coming from a truck; the menu is a list of dishes that wouldn't be out of place in a nice sit-down restaurant, and Salgado is paying close attention to where his ingredients are coming from, which will be crucial to convincing the Orange County public that good Mexican food is worth the premium.

I'm looking forward to the pescado al pastor, which sounds like it'll be a riff on the excellent coastal dish pescado adobado en hojas de maíz (chile-rubbed fish in corn husks), and to the bone marrow quesadillas.

The truck launches today at the Orange Vans Outlet (485 N. Tustin St., Orange), and this evening at La Siesta (1010 N. Batavia St., Orange); it'll be at the SoCo Collection clustertruck (3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa) tomorrow for lunch. It'd be nice to see this sort of food rotated in at the pop-up seating in the SoCo building.

We'll hit up the truck soon--in the meantime, see the menu at tacomaria.com or follow the truck on Twitter @tacomaria.

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Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Good Luck Taco Maria. This is a great idea!......

cBc
cBc

I had their braised beef cheek burrito the other week when they touched down at SoCoCollection, & I was in my happy place.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

I hope they don't let this slip by.....In-n-Out been doing this for awhile. They come in a big Grey Hound bus and serve their burgers and fries for a Company......The people loved it!!!!!...Think about getting " HIGH END REAL MEXICAN FOOD"at your place..Or just someplace out there!!!.....It's so,so, Orange County!!!!! This could be a big sucess in the future.......Good luck to those people!!!

adamclyde
adamclyde

one of the best tacos I've ever had was pescado al pastor from a nice restaurant in Mexico City.  Nicely charred, but pan seared, tender fish, with a "pastor"-like marinade/paste with onions, cilantro and pineapple. Hand patted blue corn tortillas also helped out a bit, but they were fantastic.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

This is a great idea!.....Perfect for business meetings....In the parking lot and out in an hour....They have a web site that's better yet.......

Christian Z.
Christian Z.

Every single thing on their menu sounds amazing.

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