El Corazón de Costa Mesa, Mexican Restaurant Helmed by Rick Bayless-Trained Chef, To Open April 20

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A couple of months ago, I noticed a new banner in Triangle Square (or The Triangle, as the place now calls itself) advertising a coming restaurant called El Corazón de Costa Mesa. Sounds like a son jalisciense, no? Well, we just got the press release announcing a April 20 opening, and there are things to look forward to and things that gives one pause.

First, the bad: you always gotta be skeptical of a place that advertises "street" tacos. And the head chef is Armando Martinez, who trained under Rick Bayless and was executive chef at the so-so Red O.

Now, the good: yellow tail aguachile. And a cocktail menu.

We will reserve judgement until one of us actually tries it, but we do wish El Corazón well if they're down with great food. But if they follow in the ways of Bayless? Meh...

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SurfPR
SurfPR

Stumbled upon this article while looking for their website. While I do not agree that hocking street tacos on a menu is passé,  I respect that the author is entitled to his opinions. I do disagree with some of the commenters however that the Triangle Square attracts "Applebees" clientele and that sophisticated diners will shy away because there is a movie theatre in the complex. I live in Newport Heights, and welcome this new business model. We have been saying for years that it needs to be turned into an entertainment complex. Life is short. Maybe  street tacos and having a mechanical bull should not be taken so seriously.

foodique
foodique

What’sup with “The bad & The good”!? Why is it has to be clear cut black & white? I don’t get it… Isn’t it such a premature judgment? The place is not even open yet. After read this article made me have to check out El Corazón website and menu for myself. I think “Street Food” is fun, youthful and sounds Realistic! Isn’t that what Mexican food and most authentic cuisine were originated from!? It is simplify to the basic in the sense of comfort food… kind of refreshing. Think about Food Truck trend. This is not the first time or first place I see “Street Food”trend on the menu.

I am curious to try and experience this new dining venture. I have to say that overall Saddle Ranch brand has its own uniqueness; got mechanical bull… odd; but it works! And that sky high cotton candy, speaks for itself everytime. So, whatever this company invests in and has to offer, I’m sure it is more than just food on the plate, and honestly can’t wait to be there to experience it myself.

foodique
foodique

What is it with Red O and Rick Bayless? Clearly the author is not a fan and obvious standing on the other side of the fence. I moved to Costa Mesa from the heart of Hollywood for couple of months now, and I love it here. I’ve been such a big fan of OC Weekly blog, got lots of good info about my new neighborhood. But this time around I got a bit thrown off…

Every time I passed by the triangle and saw the construction sites I was curious and excited to see the once the coming soon signs. Always good to see the new business popping up.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

You also gotta be skeptical of this place choosing to open in "The Triangle," which attracts mostly the 'Applebee's' demographic.  Even Saddle Ranch Chop House (which is due to open on April 20) is pretty much a glorified Yard House with a mechanical bull.  


True, Il Dolce (across the street) isn't hurting for business, nor is Golden Truffle down Newport Blvd., but I foresee lots of sophisticated diners questioning whether they want to fight for a parking space with those who are heading to the next Melissa McCarthy flick at the Triangle multiplex or heading to lift weights (and egos) at the subterranean 24 Hour Fitness. 

jmcguinness
jmcguinness

We have been known to disagree about Mr. Bayless, but the excellent issue of Saveur featuring Mexican food and a fine article penned by an illustrious OC Weekly author  had nothing but praise for the aforementioned chef (and Ms. Kennedy).

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@SurfPR  

Just a coincidence the letters "PR" are in your username, huh?  

Do you work for the restaurant, or The Triangle? 

kanominc
kanominc

I'll be in line to try it too.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@foodique Ah, you don't know about our tortured history with Bayless...

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@jmcguinness Oh, their place in Mexican food history is secured—I've never denied that. And I've also never denied that they're thin-skinned divas.

diane.lasell
diane.lasell

@GustavoArellano @jmcguinness Whatever Divas you feel they are, one thing is

true. They are very successful! With restaurants, tv shows, books, beers, top chef awards, etc.  So I would say thay he speaks for himself. I think his food is delicious! And so do many others.

As for El Corazon, I'm excited to try the food. Really looking forward to it!

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