San Diego’s high-profile taqueria plants its first flag on O.C. soil at this flashy venue. Delectable tacos are the main event, elevated by crispy griddled Oaxacan cheese, especially good on vegetarian tacos, and hand-made tortillas of organic, non-GMO, blue corn masa. Ask about executive creative chef Katy Smith’s monthly taco special. Puesto is popular with large groups, so expect some noise besides the energetic soundtrack.

Second location at 3311 Michelson Dr.