56. Taquito Burrito at Cuca's Mexican Food


First-world problems abound when you're a South County resident on the hunt for inspired Mexican food. There are few places, with a handful of great plates, but nothing really compares to even some of the more average restaurants and loncheras in Central and North O.C.

One bright light is the recently-opened Cuca's in Foothill Ranch, the first local outpost of a chain from the 909. The chicken tacos dorados are on par with those at Sarinana's in SanTana and they even sell a "taco burger," essentially a throwback bun taco for all the Naugles fans out there. But for the truly adventurous (or truly stoned), there's something even better on the menu. Say it with me now: "Taquito. Burrito. Taquito Burrito."

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The taquito burrito is exactly what it sounds like, and that's just the way we like it. Two crunchy beef or chicken taquitos are stuffed into a burrito that's already bulging with refried beans, rice, lettuce, cheddar cheese and guacamole. Think Taco Bell's Double Decker, but in a larger size and with better ingredients.

While we try and stick to authentic Mexican when possible, we can only eat so many huaraches, sopes and enfrijoladas before the inevitable craving for some good ol' bastardized American-Mex creeps up on us. Because some great mind thought to cram taquitos in a burrito, we have a new favorite meal to hit that spot.

The list:

57. Clam Chowder at Billy's at the Beach
58. Volcan at Tacos Ruben y Mulitas
59. The Burger at ARC
60. Chocolate Chip Cookie at Crave
61. Lime Curd At Playground
62. Every Damn Thing at Mochi Cream
63. Most Things at Devilicious Donuts
64. Robiola Bosina at Provisions Market
65. Bite-Sized Stinky Tofu at Tofu King
66. Tacos Dorados at Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos
67. Tlacoyo at El Rincon Chilango
68. Whole Pig Roast at Haven Gastropub
69. Chingaderas at Smoqued BBQ
70. The Continuous Ramen Chronicles at The Playground
71. Shrimp & Grits at Slapfish
72. Bacon Cotton Candy at Biggy's Meat Market
73. Urban 3b at Urban Seoul
74. Waffles & Chicken from The Slummin' Gourmet & Waffles de Liege
75. Ahi Tuna Tartar at Nieuport 17
76. Chicken Wings at Hashigo Korean Kitchen
77. Brussels Sprouts Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza
78. Breakfast Sausage Hash at Thasos Greek Island Grille
79. Chocolate Doughnut with Jacobsen Sea Salt at Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
80. Loco Moco Dog at Dogzilla
81. Fruit Tart at Le Croissant Dore
82. Daing Na Bangus (Marinated Milkfish) Silog Breakfast at Chowking
83. Strawberry Basil Lemonade at Mick's Karma Bar
84. Lemongrass Chicken Salad at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
85. Tofu Soup at Tasty Thai
86. Take-Out Dim Sum at Capital B.B.Q. and Dim Sum Express
87. Hodo Gwaja at Cocohodo
88. Popcorn Chicken Salad at Guppy House
89. Fried Okra at Memphis Soul Cafe & Bar
90. Salted Egg With Bitter Melon & Scrambled Egg at Tasty Noodle House
91. Boysenberry Lemonade from Bautista Creek Local Produce at SOCO Farmers' Market
92. Scallop Carpaccio with Curry Oil and Yuzu Vinaigrette from Cafe Hiro
93. White Board Specials at Taco Adobe
94. Coney Dog at LinX
95. Halal Pizzas from San Giovanni Pizzas
96. Clayuda at El Fortín
97. Lunch Buffet at Dosa Express
98. The Meats at Darya in Orange
99. Panocha at Taquería Zamora
100. Bean-and-Cheese Burrito from Del Taco

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