Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Costa Mesa

Taco Mesa

Brightly painted in Mexican Day of the Dead art, this out-of-the-way stand is a local institution for fresh, healthy, sustainably farmed tacos of steak, beer-battered fish and more, with an awesome salsa bar. We lik…
Top Choice Mexican in San Juan Capistrano

El Campeon

For real-deal Mexican food, in a strip mall south of the Mission, try this multi-room restaurant, panadería (bakery) and mercado (grocery store). Look for tacos, tostadas and burritos in freshly made tortillas, poso…
Top Choice Mexican in Huntington Beach

Sancho's Tacos

There's no shortage of taco stands in HB, but locals are fiercely dedicated to Sancho's, across from the beach. This two-room shack with patio grills flounder, shrimp and tri-tip to order. Trippy Mexican-meets-skate…
Mexican in San Juan Capistrano

El Adobe de Capistrano

In a building that traces its origins to 1797, this sprawling, beam-ceilinged 'Mexican steakhouse' and bar does a big business in the standards (enchiladas, fajitas) through to blackened fish or lobster tacos, garli…
Mexican in Newport Beach

Wild Taco

This nifty, Baja-inspired cantina makes salsas, aguas frescas and tortillas in house and serves them with tacos of grilled meats (al pastor), pork carnitas, shrimp and some delectable veggie options like grilled kal…
Mexican in Laguna Beach

Taco Loco

Throw back Coronas with the surfers while watching the passersby at this been-there-forever Mexican sidewalk dive. Taco, quesadilla and nacho options seem endless: blackened calamari or tofu, swordfish, veggie (pota…