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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tacos & Co. - Review #1

Tacos & Co.
18092 Culver Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 653-8081

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Tacos & Co - Exterior

About a month or so ago I was contacted by Nancy Luna (The OC Register's "Fast Food Maven") asking what I knew about a small Mexican chain called Tacos & Co since she was just about to interview their owner. I replied that I'd been to their location in the food court at Westminster Mall a few times but not since I began this blog and that my memory of them was that they were a good overall generalized representation of Mexican food that would appeal to anyone having their first exposure to Mexican food while also pleasing anyone who'd been eating Mexican food all their life.

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Tacos & Co - Breakfast Menu

A day after Nancy's report appeared on line I had a chance to stop by the Irvine location of Tacos & Co. for some breakfast and to try out what else? the huevos rancheros.

Tacos & Co - Huevos Rancheros

With two eggs overeasy, rice, beans, chips, ranchero sauce, sour cream, and guacamole you can pick out one of five salsas from the salsa bar to go with your huevos rancheros and start your day out right.

Their salsa bar is strictly gradated from Very Mild to Mild to Medium Hot to Hot to Very Hot so you'll always know how much spiciness you are getting.

Tacos & Co - Salsa Bar

When you go to the Irvine location you have to find the hidden menu to order items "From the Stands of Mexico" such as the Torta Cubana with big cubes of ham in it:



Or the sopes, which are like tostadas but on a thicker cornmeal "boat," rather than a crisp corn tortilla shell. I got one with chicken and one with carnitas meat:

Tacos & Co. - Sopes

And I'm still wanting to go back and try out the shrimp ceviche which Nancy recommended.

Tacos & Co. also offers catering services and is versatile enough to be able to "cater" to all different palates, preferences, and dietary needs. Francisco explained that people of several different ethnicities have utilized his services to cater their weddings.

If you have a craving for Mexican food and can't decide if you want fast food or fast casual or fine dining or "hole-in-the-wall" food you are guaranteed to find something you'll like at Tacos & Co., which earns a four Speedy Gonzales rating:

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You can also read about a subsequent visit of mine at Griffin Eats OC, where new food blogger Griffin Tamura gives even more information about Tacos & Co.

Here's a few more pictures:

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Tacos & Co. - Fish Taco



Johnny Automatic said...

went to the Newport Beach location last night. I had a really good quesadilla with al pastor meat inside. I love the fresh salsa bar. That's always a point raiser for me. Thea had one carnitas taco and one carne asada taco. She was impressed with how big they were. They came kind of old school with lettuce, tomato and cheese on top instead of the street taco versions.

ChristianZ said...

I think they are one of the few places where you can get lettuce and tomato on your taco or cilantro and onion.