|Taqueria La Poblana|
2018 N Tustin St
Orange, CA 92865
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Just near the BevMo! at Tustin and Meats in Orange is a nice little taqueria that I have eaten at several times in the last few weeks.
La Poblana sticks mostly to the holy trinity of taqueria offerings - tacos, burritos and tortas. That's pretty common as you can use most of the same fillings in all three. They also have five desayunos or breakfast offerings as they open up at 7am every day (and are open until 9 pm). On weekends you can get mole poblano, pozole and menudo but I haven't had a chance to try any of these yet. They also do a few combo plates including enchiladas and steak. They carry Mexican and domestic sodas as well as horchata, jamaica and tamarindo. For dessert you can get frozen treats or pastries, neither of which are made there. It's pretty straightforward and spartan inside with half a dozen tables.
The taco wars seem to be going strong in Orange and La Poblana may be the the cheapest place day in and day out. All tacos are 92 cents. There is nothing over $6 on the menu. They offer all the standard meats: pollo, carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, buche, cabeza and lengua. The burritos are good size but not huge. You can see the al pastor burrito I had on a previous trip. It is mostly meat with a little rice and beans as well as some cilantro, raw onions and cooked onions. It's a tasty combo. Their al pastor is nice and saucy with nice flavors.
My wife Thea and I stopped in recently for a quick lunch. I had two tacos de cabeza and two tacos de carne asada. Thea had two carnitas tacos. The thing that stands out about all the meats here is they are very saucy and moist. Even the carne asada which has obviously been grilled, is then kept moist in a sauce. This can make the tacos a little bit sloppy, but you never get dried out or tough meat here. A few bits of fat showed up in the carnitas and the cabeza. This never bothers me but I know some people are put off by this. If so stick to the chicken, steak, al pastor options (or lengua if you are adventurous).
I have enjoyed everything I've tried here. They aren't trying to do anything fancy here but they do justice to their simple menu. If you are on the north end of Orange it's a great place to drop in for a quick and cheap meal. I give it a solid 3 3/4 Speedies.
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