Taco Asylum Undergoes Menu Makeover

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Watch that spill

Who is well-spoken, has worked for both Thomas Keller in Napa and Brian Malarkey in San Diego and is changing things up in Costa Mesa? That would be one Carlos Anthony at Taco Asylum. If you didn't know that the asylum broke off from the Haven Collective (Haven Gastropub and Provisions Market in Old Towne Orange), now you do. Owner Ace Patel and his tight-knit team have reworked the menu and are ready to rock and roll, kicking off their newest creations last week.

The most obvious changes to the menu are price and selection. Six-inch tortillas, crammed with meaty classics like carnitas or vegetarian with roasted peppers and black beans start at $3.75. The most expensive bites are a shrimp duo, either pad thai or wasabi style for $6.75. Hover over your metal serving tray, since tasty morsels will spill out (or suffer the consequences, like my dress did).

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Crunch a bunch

Of course, I didn't want to forget more fanciful flavors like their bacon pb & j with pickled Fresno chili, duck in Oaxacan mole (an Anthony family recipe) or their flaming hot Firepig with red jalapenos. Vegetarian tastes can order a curried paneer or brie and mushroom combination. I was almost taken aback by fresh fried potato chips and spicy 'n sweet dessert nachos. Their goal to broaden the scope but maintain character is reached.

If you haven't been back in a while, now is a good time to check things out. When ordering your beer, be sure to inquire about their chef's prescription. Last time it was headcheese. Future specials may include mako shark and a few other surprises. Yum!

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Location Info

Taco Asylum

2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
Tony Elkins
Tony Elkins

So now it's not going to be 50 fucking dollars (without alcohol) for my girlfriend and I to eat tacos?

Jason Silver
Jason Silver

About time they did something. Was actually hoping they would put something better there. Taco's were over priced and only mediocre.

mannylegacy
mannylegacy

Actually really wanted to try this place out for a while but the poor yelp reviews swayed me. Sounds like I need to give them a try now

Jim Hill
Jim Hill

About time. I feel like their quality dropped off about a year and a half ago

slop101
slop101

Wait, so they went back to their original sized tacos from when they first opened? Because their first change into smaller tacos really f*cked things up.

TacoAsylum
TacoAsylum

No way! Our classic tacos now start at $3.75 and if you come on Taco Tuesday then you can get them for $3 all day, all night with $2 off draft craft beers and $1 off specialty tacos. Come back and give us a try! 

TacoAsylum
TacoAsylum

Come check us out again, Jason. We have new ownership, a new executive chef and new menu with 20 awesome tacos, which start at $3.75. Join our Facebook or Twitter to learn about sweet Taco Tuesday deals.

TacoAsylum
TacoAsylum

@mannylegacy Yeah, come give us a try. We have new ownership, a new executive chef, and an all new menu with 20 tacos starting at $3.75. Sweet Taco Tuesday deals too. 

TacoAsylum
TacoAsylum

@Jim Hill We made a major overall in the last couple of months. Things are kick-ass now. Come back and check us out. Take a look at our new menu of 20 tacos starting at $3.75 www.tacoasylum.com 

TacoAsylum
TacoAsylum

@slop101 Yeah, we've had new ownership since May of this year and our new executive chef developed a kick-ass menu of 20 tacos, starting at $3.75. Come give us another try!

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