Anaheim, Huntington Beach
Two new eye-popping venues for canny booze creations, tantalizing tacos
Over-the-counter tacos in made-while-you-watch blue corn tortillas
Michelin-noted chef Thomas Ortega’s take on fast fare featuring improbable taco salad, quesabirria tacos
Slick dine-in locals’ spot serving crafty margs, Sonora street dogs, and dreamy churro milkshakes
Revelatory birria appears in tacos and ramen. Don’t-miss the Titanic torta ahogada.
Live mariachi music by top local and touring bands, festive old-school platters, good for groups
Longtime Break of Dawn cook Alex Cuellar launches a menu of Puebla comfort classics—mole poblano, pozole verde, pipian rojo.
O.C. mainstay Chris Tzorin debuts an all-Mexican lineup of pork belly poppers, stacked enchiladas, and bougie tacos.
Jaunty, student-friendly joint for birria pizza, tacos with vegan and keto options
Jazzy platings of terrific chile verde, stacked ahi tostadas, unexpected ex-Olive Garden venue
Neighborhood family’s luchador-themed storefront with peak tortas, tacos, weekend sopas, and guisadas
Local family serves tiny plain tacos bulging with juicy meats. Generous condiment bar, super Tuesday deals.
Rodeo 39 stop for hot chipotle chicken or birria street tacos, nachos, and ube horchata
By-the-dozen taco packs start at $18. Great salsa.