10 Great Tacos in Orange County
|Head Chef Gabbi Patrick in her element...|
It is a deceptively simple taco--pasilla instead of jalapeños, milky Oaxacan quesillo instead of Monterey Jack, with a sprinkle of cotija thrown in. The rajas melt into a glorious goop, held together by a thick corn tortilla patted out only minutes before. Gabbi's sells other tacos, but this is the only one that warrants the hefty price, because they're huge, delicious, and so much better than most carne asada chingaderas in the world.
Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen, 141 S. Glassell St., Orange, (714) 633-3038; www.gabbipatrick.com.
4. Big-Ass Taco from Taqueria Zamora
Taquería Zamora produces perhaps the largest taco in the free world--wrapped in a wonderfully misshapen, freshly patted corn tortilla larger than your average flour version, thick and slightly crispy, and tasting of fresh masa. Atop it lie giant chunks of your choice of meat that have been nicely grilled yet are juicy. With tacos like this, who needs burritos?
3121 S. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 557-0907.
3. Two Tacos for a Buck and Free Pineapple Juice (Until It's Gone) at Tacos El Chavito
The title says it all. If you need more love, read this.
Tacos El Chavito parks on Morgan Lane half a block south of Slater Avenue in Huntington Beach from Monday to Friday, and on Queens Lane one block north of Slater Avenue. on Saturdays and Sundays.
2. Any Soho Taco Taco
Photo by Meg Strouse
We named them our fifth-favorite dish in Orange County this year for a reason. Read about it here!
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1. Taco Acorazado from Alebrije's
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Can we ever stop talking about the taco acorazado, the legendary battleship taco from Cuernavaca forged from milanesa, nopales, onions, rice, and a handmade tortilla? NEVER. If you haven't eaten this taco, you're no better than a 909er.
On Cubbon Street between Main and Sycamore streets, SanTana
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