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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Taco Surf - Review #2

Taco Surf
1969 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 645-9934

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(UPDATE (April 30, 2008): Have recently received word that this Taco Surf has closed down.)

Continuing her coverage of the Costa Mesa area, Shelly B. checks in with a review of the Taco Surf on Harbor Boulevard:

It's been open for over 3 years, but I finally visited Taco Surf’s Costa Mesa location. I’ve enjoyed the atmosphere of the Long Beach and Sunset Beach (Surfside) locations. And if any area needs more appeal, it's where the Costa Mesa restaurant is situated, off Harbor Boulevard near 19th. It’s an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle outside. Around there everyone is trying to get somewhere.

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Once inside, you forget all about the seriousness elsewhere. Its bar is reminiscent of a palapa, which took me back to Mexico. They even have a Jukebox with excellent song selections – Love that. This location is franchise owned, as like the one in Dana Pointe, only 2 as yet. The owners do a good job, everyone was attentive and friendly. They’ve got a great selection of beers, including a refreshing Hefeweizen with Lemon, plus margaritas made with vino. Another fun thing about this location is the open air patio in the back. It’s cozy, uses heaters when necessary, and contains couples booths, tables and a TV. The feel is comfortable and laid back.

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I've had Taco Surf’s food on many occasions. This time we started with a Fiesta Platter, which offers a sampling of items, including Flautas, Quesadillas, Breaded Shrimp, Baja Fish, and Cheese Nachos right in the middle. It’s perfect for two and comes with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

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We also had an a la carte Chicken Enchilada and their "Famous" Baja Fish Taco, as they describe it. A sample of the same fish is on the Fiesta Platter. The taco also includes a generous slathering of their Signature Spicy Baja Sauce. Overall, I’m glad I discovered its contributions to the locality, since I am able to walk there. Next time I want to try their homemade Tortilla Soup and Huevos Rancheros, and then maybe the Pescado Veracruz. By the way, the salsa and multi-colored chips are very good. There are many good reasons to go back, not to mention there’s a bus stop right out front.

Thanks, Shelly. Here's some more of Shelly's Taco Surf photos:

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10 comments:

Sled Dog said...

Man, I love this blog. I grew up in So Cal (Seal Beach) and have spent much time in Baja...so I've got a pretty good sense of Mexican cuisine. Now I'm in Utah (Park City), and it's a bit tougher to find quality Mex cooking. The worst part is I can't find any type of Mexican chicken such as El Pollo Loco, Juan Pollo, or Charo Chicken.

ChristianZ said...

Thanks for the comment. Have you seen my "Utah Report" at this blog? Haven't covered Park City yet so let us know if you ever stumble upon a good find.

Sled Dog said...

Is there a URL for your Utah Report?

#1 in Park City: El Chubasco...where the locals eat. Mexican owned and run.

ChristianZ said...

http://ocmexfood.blogspot.com/2006/06/utah-report.html

I'm about to update it soon.

Sled Dog said...

Thanks!

If you need a Utah correspondent, let me know. I have a buddy moving here from So Cal and we will be on the hunt for the real deal. I can steer you towards some good spots.

Jay said...

Looks good. I personally think the Taco Surf in Dana Point is awful, so I hope they vary from location to location.

ChristianZ said...

I believe the Costa Mesa one is independently owned and operated.

Chubbypanda said...

*sigh* That used to be the site of "New Sushi", one of the better sushi bars in the area. I miss that place.

curt said...

Gone. The place is boarded up..

ChristianZ said...

Thanks. We have a note at the top of this entry that this Taco Surf has closed.