Restaurants | Taco Maria Sets Up Shop In Costa Mesa

Formerly A Food Truck, Taco Maria Opens In Costa Mesa


Jardineros at Taco Maria

What’s the best visitor info to know when visiting Orange County? Where to get the best tacos, of course! Inside the hip OC Mix, at Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection, Taco Maria serves up a mezcla of Mexican and American cultures.

Chef Carlos Salgado, an OC native who spent a decade in San Francisco’s Michelin-starred kitchens, and his sister Silvia began Taco Maria as a gourmet food truck in 2011. In its first year, the mobile kitchen garnered high praise and a loyal following, leading to the birth of a restaurant at The OC Mix in Costa Mesa. Calling it, “Chicano Cuisine,” Chef Salgado meticulously executes a concept melding traditional Mexican and creative American cuisines.

The dinner format consists of a four-course prix fixe with two choices per course where you might find Pacific rockfish crudo with Serrano chili and watermelon jam; jardineros with shitake, chili poblano, queso and caramelized alliums or hanger steak with onion, quelitas and bone marrow. Viva la revolución! Open for lunch Tuesday-Saturdays; dinner Thursday-Saturday. 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.538.8444.