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Viet-Mex, New Vietnamese-Mexican Restaurant, Opening in Garden Grove

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Gracias, source!
Coming soon...cam on and gracias!

I've heard of Vietnamese restaurants renaming bĂșn as "fideo" and goi cuon as "taquitos" to get Mexican clienteles inside their doors. I've heard Mexican restaurants rename their fideo as pho and burritos as goi cuon to get Mexicans in. Then you have Dos Chinos, who mashes the two cuisines into glorious luxe lonchera desmadre.

But a restaurant that served Mexican AND Vietnamese food, with no fusion but rather cohabitation? I think there was one in SanTana years ago, but OC consumers tend to like their Mexican and Vietnamese food separately. But that just might change with the opening of Viet-Mex, a restaurant about to open up shop on the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Lampson Avenue in Garden Grove.


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72. Tacos Gobernador from Mariscos Los Corales

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Photo by Das Ubergeek
Taco up!

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

"Shrimp and cheese?" asked my Italian coworker when I suggested Los Corales for lunch. His incredulity aside, the taco gobernador, a specialty of the Mexican states bordering the shrimp-rich Sea of Cortez, is a great thing to order at SanTana's best seafood lonchera, at least when you're not ordering aguachile.


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75. Lengua Tacos at La Chonita

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Photo by Moss Perricone
Tongue 'em up!

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Get ready to associate quality Mexican food with gabacho musical theatre kids. Because the taco truck on the corner of Sycamore Street and Civic Center Drive--a favorite for students at the Orange County School of the Arts--serves one of the finest lengua tacos you'll find in OC.


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No. 93, Breakfast Burrito from Calacas

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Photo by The Mexican
A perfect SanTana morning...
Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Calacas is going a bit of renovation right now, as new partners join husband-wife dynamic duo Rudy and Jackie Cordova to offer their pioneering Chicano cuisine. No clue yet as to what new dishes will emerge, but I'm sure its regulars will accept anything--unless the breakfast burrito is no longer there, at which point desmadre will happen.

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The Definitive Guide to All 15 Burrito Styles Available in the United States

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Photo by Professor Salt
Epic!
This past week, I hosted ESPN's burrito correspondent, Anna Maria Barry Jester of the company's FiveThirtyEight data-mining site. We ate at Athenian Burgers #3 in Buena Park, which is a competitor in FiveThirtyEight's epic Burrito Bracket competition that seeks to find the greatest burrito in America by facing off Yelp stats versus actual critics.

Anna Maria loved her Athenian Polish sausage breakfast burrito, although I worry about it advancing, given it's facing off against the legendary Manny's El Tepeyac AND Al and Bea's. She told me about her burrito adventures so far, from the Deep South to Santa Fe to Ventura and beyond. And as she recounted one cylindrical god (or imposter) after another, it got me thinking of all the different burrito styles in America. While you may think you know them all, you'd be surprised at the amount of burrito diversity in this country, from the Mexican hamburger of Denver to burritos in El Paso that function more as tacos, to the monstrosities of Taco Bell, austerity of a bean-and-cheese, and more. So, without further ado, in no particular order of deliciousness...

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No. 95, Tacos de Cecina from Alebrije's

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Photo by The Mexican
Taco taco taco taco!

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Is there anything else we could possibly recommend from Alebrije's, the lonchera we've praised for years for their mighty tacos acorazados, their epic picaditas, gargantuan alambres and many other chilango faves? Absolutely! We recommend the...tacos. Amazingly, I had never tasted a regular taco from Alebrije's until just recently, when owner Albert said I should try his tacos de cecina. "My favorite dish after the acorazado," he asserted, and why would I want to get a regular ol' taco when I'm at the best lonchera in OC? But at his insistence, I took the plunge.

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No. 99, Tres Amigos Burrito from Piaggio on Wheels

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Photo by The Mexican
YUM...

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

Jose Piaggio is such a master meat man that he's now offering his Argentine-style chorizo for sale--buy some from him directly wherever Piaggio on Wheels may park. Hopefully, he'll start offering a chorizo breakfast burrito soon--in the meanwhile, whenever I'll need my cylindrical god fix, I'll stick with with his Three Amigos burrito.

The nickname doesn't just apply to the fact that Piaggio mixes beef, pork, and shrimp into a gargantuan flour tortilla, throws in white rice, black beans, and secret sauce and calls it a meal. Each meat represents a different part of the Piaggio equation. The skirt steak is puro Argentina; the pork, carnitas. And the luscious, crunchy shrimp reflects his better half's Brazilian heritage.


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The 10 Best Places to Watch the World Cup in Orange County

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Soccer up!
Today marks the start of the FIFA World Cup, and this means either you're preparing for a month of ditching work or not giving a shit. But, culinary-wise, all of you should cheer this soccer tournament, as that means many OC restaurants will offer specials, open at special hours, and overall just be more special than usual.

You can expect the World Cup to be aired at most pubs and countries that serve the cuisines of countries in the tourno, but some do it better than others. So, without further ado...

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ESPN's FiveThirtyEight Announces Search for Best Burrito in America--and Gustavo is One of the Judges!

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Photo by Professor Salt
Epic burrito from El Toro Bravo. Did it make the list? Maybe...
Reporters are notoriously loose-lipped with projects that they do, so imagine how wracked I've been having to keep secret my participation in an epic project by FiveThirtyEight, the data-driven offshoot of ESPN run by wunderkind and burrito aficionado Nate Silver. But today, he finally announced his team's search for the best burrito in America--and I'm honored to be one of the people tasked with the serious responsibility of picking the 64 burritos that will duke it out to be crowned America's top burrito. GANGSTA!

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Eat This Now: Chorizo Burger at Civic

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Photo by Niyaz Pirani
Yum!

Those cabrones at Civic in SanTana sure stick to their local-local-local mantra. Not only do they do a lot of their produce shopping at the Thursday downtown Farmer's Market, they source their chorizo from the legendary Ochoa's Chorizo in the city. Mild, spicy, even the green kind, the links pop up in different dishes, none better than in their wondrous chorizo burger.


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