[Costa Mesa] Taco Maria

Taco Maria is hands down the best Chicano restaurant ever. This is a must eat place for all foodies!

The restaurant is located in the hip OC Mix. You must make reservation since the place is small and gets filled up quickly. The counter seats are the best because you get to watch the “cooking show” and see the chefs in action putting your food together.

For dinner service, they only offer 4 courses prix fixe menu ($49) with optional wine parings ($26). The menu changes frequently. There are two entree choices for each course. The best way to dine is to order every dishes with your dining companions and share everything, so you can all experience how amazing the food is at Taco Maria. I would highly suggest to opt in for the wine pairings as well. All the wine we tasted were excellent and perfect with the dishes.

Starter Cocktail – Blood Orange Prosecco

Amuse Bouche: Grilled shishito peppers with dried scallop and lime juice

2010 Denis Gaudry, Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly Fume, Loire Valley, France
2012 Leth, Gruner Veltliner, Steinagrund, Wagram, Austria

Betabeles
beets, satsuma, puffed quinoa, jalapeno, dill

Aguachile
kanpachi crudo, serrano, citrus, cherimoya

2012 Caballero de Castilla Verdejo Castilla La Mancha Spain
2011 Eola Hills, Pinot Gris, Williamette Valley, Oregon

Sopa de Chicharron
asparagus, jocoque, meyer lemon, pork rind

Tostada de Cangrejo
dungeness crab, avocado, kumquat, poppy seed

2011 Eola Hills, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
2011 Paco & Lola, Albarino Rias, Baixas, Spain

Chorizo con Patacas
sunchokes, mushroom chorizo, brussels sprouts, tomatillo

Esturion
Wild sturgeon, new potato, fava leaves, crema, caviar

2010 Paul Jaboulet et Aine, Gigondas, Rhone Valley, France
2012 Juan Gil, Grenache, ‘Honoro Vera’, Jumilla, Spain

Pintada
guinea fowl, mole poblano, roasted carrots, braised dates

Cachete
pork cheek, cattle beans, cabbage, orange, fresh chamomile

Chocolate Marshmallow

Taco Maria
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 538-8444
http://www.tacomaria.com

7 Comments

  1. Delicious looking food and beautiful presentation.
    By the way I like your new layout.

  2. “marshmallow”

    great pics; so much good stuff there

  3. Did you get paid to write this? I don’t mean to be offensive because I’m a long-time reader of your blog, but it kind of sounds more like an advertisement than your usual writing style.

    • No, most definitely not. We paid $$$ to eat there.

      If I write an advertisement post, I would indicate it on the post. Since I don’t have much time to dedicate to blogging now, I tend to write shorter and post more pictures. :-)

      • Okay, sorry to accuse you of that then! I just noticed your writing style had changed. I hope I didn’t offend. I’m glad you’re still updating your blog, even if you have readers like me questioning your posts. :-/

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