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Taco Maria

3313 Hyland Ave. (Sunflower Ave.) Send to Phone
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Chef/owner Carlos Salgado serves up artistic Chicano cuisine in a cozy Costa Mesa setting.
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Lunch Tues.-Sat., Dinner Wed.-Sat.

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Taco Maria Restaurant Review

: This small, unassuming venue, located in Costa Mesa's hip OC Mix at South Coast Collection, has a humble interior and breezy outdoor patio. The environment sets the stage for chef/owner Carlos Salgado to put forth a display of seasonal Chicano/Mexican cuisine that challenges and excites. Dinner fare comes in the form of a constantly rotating four-course prix-fixe menu, in which the typical tropes of heavy cheese and sauce-covered everything are eschewed in favor of genuine regional flavors. It's a common sight to see Salgado bent at the counter, meticulously putting the finishing touches on dishes such as the aguachile scallop crudo with serrano chile and guava or the chicken and cashew mole. The best way to experience Salgado’s talent is to come with a friend, order each item on the dual tasting menu with the wine pairing option, and share. Hungry workers can also stop by during lunch and choose from a host of perpetually changing à la carte items.

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