91. Tostilocos at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice"

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Photo by The Mexican
Dig in!

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Will tostilocos--Mexico's revenge on the nacho, an ungodly mestizaje of Tostitos, cueritos, peanuts, onions, and chamoy--ever become as popular as nachos? Never. But that's fine: those of us who love salty-briny-spicy-sweet combos can dig into the slit bags for years to come. And a fine place to get introduced to this dark art is at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice" in SanTana.

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93. Super Nachos at Kelly's Korner Tavern

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Photo by The Mexican
Keep 'em coming, Carmen!

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Man, I haven't been to Kelly's in weeks, and I need those nachos that I wrote about earlier this year!

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94. Tortas at Sliced and Diced Eatery

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Photo by The Mexican
Combo plate of health

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I don't review Long Beach restaurants by design--partly because I'm one of like two Weeklings who don't live there, but also because I'm an OC boy, and Long Beach ain't OC. That said, I have to give a shoutout to Sliced and Diced, the little catering business that not only could, but is doing.

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96. Burrito de Birria de Res from Burritos La Palma

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Photo by The Mexican
¡Viva Jerez!

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In many ways, the burrito de birria de res from Burritos La Palma does not belong so low on this list; in fact, Burritos La Palma technically doesn't belong on this list at all, given it's in El Monte. But it's OC to the bone, cabrones--let me explain.

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Join Gustavo and Bill Esparza on the Most Epic Southern California Taco Crawl EVER This Sunday!

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Photo by The Mexican
The end of the trail-for now...

So you've down taco crawls across East Los Angeles or Lonchera Lane in SanTana. But have you ever done one of both regions in the same day? Have you ever done with with each area's respective taco experts? And have you done it while getting an awesome new cookbook and being driven around in a fancy van? No? You drove around in your pal's messy Elantra?

Welp, time to rectify that. It gives me mucho orgullo to announce that this Sunday, myself and Bill Esparza will be joining author Lesley Téllez on an epic Southern California taco crawl in support of her new cookbook, Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City's Streets, Markets and Fondas.


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Eat This Now: Horchata Ice Cream With Churros at Elado Ice Cream

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Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Growing up, horchata disappeared by the gallon soon after my folks brought it home from the grocery store. The Mexican rice milk drink mixed with cinnamon is as sweet as it is refreshing, leaving cartons without a fighting chance. It's gone trendy with drinks like RumChata being all the rage.

Now, it's hard to imagine a Pavlovian salivation greater than the one provoked by the ringing bell of the paleta man. But that's exactly what happens when hearing about a new parlor in Anaheim serving up horchata ice cream topped with churros!

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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on How REAL Mexicans Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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Celebrate like these fine young chavos

Decrying Cinco de Mayo has become one of my many stock trades for this infernal rag. I wrote about why I can't stand the holiday all the way back in 2003, did another video last year, and here's my latest video yet. This time, though, I give up and give advice on how REAL Mexicans should celebrate Drinko de Cinco.


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VIDEO: ¡Ask a Mexican! on Whether it's Now Safe to Visit Tijuana

Categories: Mexi Meals

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Taqueria El Franc, home of holy adobada...

This past weekend, our own Bill Esparza took a group of us to Baja California--specifically, Tijuana, Ensenada, and the Valle de Guadalupe. I'm going to write about the experience in a couple of blog posts, but let's just say it was as magnificent as what Dave and Bill always write about in their award-winning Tijuana Sí! column. SO MUCH FOOD...and so much glory. So, in this week's video version of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, I tackle the issue of whether it's safe to visit TJ.


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What Kind of "Best Tacos" List Bans Taco Trucks? Why, the OC Register's, of Course!

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Where real taco lovers eat, not pretenders

When I saw the headline last week that Orange County Register food critic Brad A. Johnson was offering readers his 10 best tacos in OC, I immediately chuckled. Would Brad offer tacos with French fries, given he's reviewed papas fritas at Mexican restaurants before? Would he manage to work in a hotel taco, given he's nowadays more prone to reviewing hotels outside of OC than doing his ostensible responsibilities?

Then I clicked on the link, and started to laugh. El Campeón? Roman's Taqueria? Getting carne asada at a birrieria? HA! But then I reread Brad's intro, in which he announced he excluded taco trucks from consideration, and began to fume.


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How an OC Food Blogger Is Bringing Back Naugles by Beating Del Taco

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Ziebarth: Saw the burrito for the beans

Noah Chillingworth must've figured that if the secret menus wouldn't stop Christian Ziebarth once and for all, then the Wayback Machine would.

For the past five years, Ziebarth has run an online campaign to bring back the legendary Mexican fast-food chain Naugles; the mere mention of it to anyone who came of age in Southern California during the 1980s provokes endless paeans (go ahead: try it!). Ziebarth--a web developer by day--has organized pop-up restaurants featuring entrées such as Naugles' beef-and-cheese burritos, a cup of beans and ramekins of the chain's Cal-Mex salsa; all of it was eagerly devoured by hundreds of eaters and drooled over by tens of thousands of fans online. He argues that Del Taco--which had acquired the company in 1988 and finally shut it down in 1995--had let their Naugles trademark claim lapse, leaving him free to bring it back from the dead. Del Taco, however, doesn't agree; it has not only sent Ziebarth cease-and-desist letters, but the company is also fighting him through the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


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