1639 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868
Listing on Yahoo! Local
Listing on Ask.com's Citysearch
No official website.
UPDATE: This location has closed down.
Having not been to any hole-in-the-wall (that term has no negative connotation for me) restaurants recently I realized it was time to get back to some. I would've never found out about Tiscareno's if I wasn't invited since they don't have an official website (although they are working on one), there's almost no mention of them yet on the web, and their storefront is so small you could probably be in their shopping center and hardly even realize they are there. That's where people such as myself who have idiosyncratic, myopic blogs that focus on nothing but Mexican restaurants in only one county step in, uncovering and pointing out many hidden gems along the way.
When you approach Tiscareño's you find that their front door is not actually facing their shopping center's parking lot but is just around the corner facing a nice little breezy courtyard.
A TV and a jukebox are at your command:
Tiscareño's serves tortillas that are made fresh daily at their West Anaheim location then shipped to their location in Orange. They also provide catering services.
My lunch consisted of a bowl of pozole soup (pork, hominy, shredded cabbage, and sliced radishes) and an al pastor taco, made of pulled barbecued pork with lots of onions and cilantro. A whole plate full of chips topped with beans and cheese came on the side. This was all washed down with a big cup of horchata. I should have learned by now that at many restaurants a bowl of pozole soup is a meal in and of itself. I ate the taco and about a third of the hearty, tangy soup, supping up all of its down home goodness, before having to take the rest back with me when I got too full to proceed any further.
About nine months ago I posed the question on my blog: What makes Mexican food authentic or inauthentic? Nobody seemed to know the answer. It always seems to be based on a gut feeling and those who have the most experience with Mexican food have the most weight put on their opinions. Anyways, my gut feeling says that Tiscareño's is high on the authenticity scale.
According to my fairly arbitrary, almost (but not totally) meaningless, rating system Taqueria Tiscareno earns a 3¾ Speedy Gonzales rating: