We live in the land of endless taco options, including the unexpected. So why not go for something off-the-charts bold now and then? Here are three of Orange County’s most notable twists on our favorite hand food.
→ TACO ASYLUM For the ultimate surprise, give Taco Asylum’s Bacon PB&J a try (pictured above). Roasted peanut butter layered with carrot-ginger jam, lettuce, bacon, and pickled Fresno chiles make for a satisfying, sweet-salty concoction ($3.75). 2937 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-922-6010, tacoasylum.com
→ KAYA STREET KITCHEN The options are limitless here. We like the tender coconut lemongrass steak, topped with papaya tamarind slaw and sweet corn. Wrapped in a roti tortilla, it makes for a Southeast Asian-inspired masterpiece ($9.25). 26731 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, 949-415-7773, kayastreetkitchen.com
→ WHO SONG AND LARRY’S For sweet post-dinner toppers, try the mini apple-pie tacos. Fried filo dough tortillas are filled with a cinnamon-heavy apple pie filling, then topped with whipped cream and a mint garnish ($6). 1535 W. Katella Ave., Orange, 714-639-9550, whosongandlarrys.com