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Friday, October 17, 2014

Tacos Mexico

Tacos Mexico
2102 S Bristol St
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 754-4064

Listing at Superpages

Listing at MapQuest

Official Site

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(This is an "only-photos-first" post, done quickly to get photos up and a new entry on the blog, with the expectation that text may be added later. Guest reviews can also be added to this entry and each published one will be paid $10.)

Tacos Mexico - Exterior

Menu Board


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Del Real Foods Giveaway #2


Winner Announcement

October 16, 2014: We have a winner! The drawing was held today (basically me putting all the entrants names on little slips of paper and one of my roommates pulling one blindly out of a bag) and Lauren L. of Tustin was the lucky winner. Congratulations to Lauren; your prize package from Del Real Foods is on its way.

It's time for another contest. Del Real Foods recently sent me a package of some of their stuff to try and they have agreed to send a gift package to the lucky winner of this contest. To enter, simply e-mail with the subject line "Del Real Foods Giveaway #2". You have until October 15th to enter. On October 16th I will draw the lucky winner and notify them by e-mail. If you are the winner you can then give me your mailing address which I will have Del Real send the prize package to.

Here's a couple videos posted earlier today to their YouTube channel:

And my Del Real Foods slideshow (click here if it doesn't show up in your browser):

About Del Real Foods:

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in California, Del Real Foods is a family business committed to preserving the rich gastronomy and traditions of Central Mexico. Designed to satisfy all palates and promote healthy eating, Del Real Foods refrigerated products offer authentic taste, using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and cooked with traditional methods for an enhanced dining experience among family and friends.

Del Real Foods refrigerated products include carnitas, barbacoa, tamales, seasoned shredded beef, shredded chicken and more.

Del Real Foods products are based on the following pillars:

  • Authenticity: the family strives to create deliciously simple products based on traditional recipes infused with Mexican culture and bold colors. Prepared in an industrial, home kitchen, the products will provide comfort and familiarity.
  • Healthy People: cooked with a safe open-kettle method, the products are made with the freshest, ingredients, most of which are locally sourced. Once prepared, they are ready to enjoy. The products are also gluten free and do not contain any trans fats.
  • Healthy planet and better communities: the company has adopted sustainable initiatives including wastewater management and recycling to help the environment. Del Real Foods has also sponsored local sporting events and made donations to local communities to contribute to their improvement.

For more information, visit:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

La Choza

La Choza
7402 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: (714) 842-7888

Listing at BeachCalifornia

Listing at Gogobot

Official Site

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(This is an "only-photos-first" post, done quickly to get photos up and a new entry on the blog, with the expectation that text may be added later. Guest reviews can also be added to this entry and each published one will be paid $10.)

Outside La Choza Restaurant






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Friday, September 05, 2014

Taco Bell Testing New Breakfast Options

From an e-mail from Taco Bell:

Taco Bell’s new Biscuit Taco is a warm, flakey, golden brown biscuit that happens to be shaped in the form of a taco, served with your choice of classic breakfast favorites (Sausage, Egg and Cheese; or Bacon, Egg and Cheese) or traditional flavors of the South (Crispy Chicken with Country Gravy; or Crispy Chicken with Honey). The Biscuit Taco pays homage to the traditional Southern biscuit – made with real butter and real buttermilk. And for that Taco Bell twist consumers have come to expect, the NEW signature jalapeno honey sauce (served with the Crispy Chicken and Honey Biscuit Taco) delivers just the right amount of heat.

Originally tested in the heart of the biscuit-loving communities of San Antonio, TX and Atlanta, GA, the biscuit taco quickly met the Southern folks’ craveability and the nostalgic homage the taste could provide. The biscuit taco is currently testing in select restaurants within the Orange County / Los Angeles area.

The unsung hero of the current national Taco Bell breakfast menu, the original A.M. Crunchwrap flavors of Steak, Bacon, and Sausage, will now be joined by the A.M. California Crunchwrap and A.M. Country Crunchwrap. Both bring flavor depth and variety to the already-popular platform, taking sit-down breakfast favorites like the California omelet and Country Skillet with Gravy and Sausage and making them portable.

o The A.M. California Crunchwrap is filled with bacon, hashbrown, eggs, guacamole, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo.

o The A.M. Country Crunchwrap is filled with sausage, hashbrown, eggs, classic gravy and cheddar cheese.

Monday, August 04, 2014

South of Nick's

South of Nick's
110 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
Tel: (949) 481-4545

Listing on CitySearch

Listing at Friends Eat

Official Site

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View from El Camino Real

Wall Behind Reception Desk (Somewhat Better Shot)


Here's a guest review by a former co-worker of mine, Mike Firman. Mike and I met for lunch one day and took a bunch of pictures and then later on he went back with his girlfriend.

My girlfriend and I finally made it to South of Nicks' today for breakfast/lunch at 12 noon. We made reservations since it was very busy as expected. We sat next to the bar just as you walk into the same dining are you and I did a few months back.

We ordered iced teas and along chips and salsa, chips hot and salsa fresh.

I had the #11 breakfast combo of Huevos Ahogados, served hot, great fresh flavor, colorado was thick and tasty, eggs were perfect and the avocado & black beans very tasty.


Laurie: Three item combo

  1. Chili Relleno, the pepper was excellent with very good flavor and the egg batter was not fried which is a big plus, the refried beans were creamy with a little kick (spice) to them
  2. Pork was tamale had generous meat and moist and the maza was fresh
  3. Lastly the chicken taco was filled with lots of white meat and fresh tomatoes
SouthofNicksChili Reno_combo

Overall, we gave the dining experience a "10" and look forward to visiting again soon.

Thanks, Mike.

Bull Skulls #1

Shrimp Taquitos

Pork Carnitas marinated in Coca-Cola

Sweet Mole and Grilled Chicken

Caramelized Banana Flan #1

Butter Cake #1

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Dos Toros Mexican Grill

Dos Toros Mexican Grill
221 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-3194

Listing at Feest

Listing at Yellow Pages

Official Site

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Sign on Front



Chips and Salsa


Shrimp Tacos

Carnitas Platter


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Friday, July 18, 2014

New Items at Rubio's

Rubio's® Dishes Up New Salads and Bowls Just in Time for Summer
 Coastal Grill Introduces California Bowl and Expands Salad Offerings

SAN DIEGO – June 25, 2014 – As a part of its continuing culinary evolution, Rubios® Restaurant, the brand known for its delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, is adding craveable new options to its menu, just in time for summer. The new additions include the California Bowl and custom salad offerings that allow guests to choose their protein – seafood or grilled chicken – on any salad or bowl. The menu expansions are representative of Rubio's continued commitment to providing guests with lighter, fresher menu options.

Rubio's bowl and salad dishes now come with the option of sustainable pan-seared shrimp, grilled or blackened sustainable tilapia, Mahi Mahi or grilled chicken. The new California Bowl is a flavorful combination of citrus rice, black beans, fresh romaine lettuce,  handmade guacamole, salsa fresca, chipotle white sauce and is topped with red tomatillo salsa or salsa verde.  The customizable salads include the Chipotle Orange Salad, the Balsamic and Roasted Veggie Salad, the Chopped Salad, and the Chipotle Ranch Salad.

“At Rubio's, we're passionate about creating delicious dishes that our guests love and feel good about eating,” said Ralph Rubio, founder of Rubio's. “The flavorful new menu items allow our guests to customize their favorite salad or bowl. These fresh selections, paired with our brewed iced tea or sangria, are perfect for the summer season.”

Rubio's passion for creating delicious coastal cuisine began when the first Rubio's opened in 1983. To date, Rubio's has sold more than 190 million Original Fish Tacos® and uses sustainable seafood in nearly all of its seafood menu items. The brand continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes, ranging from sustainable shrimp to Atlantic salmon. In addition to serving certified sustainable seafood, Rubio's also offers grilled marinated chicken and steak, no-fried pinto beans, salads, handmade guacamole, and a variety of proprietary salsas – all prepared in Rubio's kitchens.

Guests are invited to visit Rubio's today to try the new California Bowl and salad options. Stay up-to-date on events and celebrations by visiting Rubio's website: Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at and Twitter at

About Rubio's Restaurants:
The first restaurant was opened in 1983 in San Diego by Ralph Rubio and his father, Ray, who started the fish taco phenomenon that spread across the nation. Today, Rubio's menu has grown from The Original Fish Taco® to include additional chef-crafted seafood recipes that feature sustainable shrimp, Atlantic salmon, Regal Springs® tilapia and mahi mahi. In addition to certified sustainable seafood, Rubio's offers grilled marinated chicken and steak, salads, handmade guacamole, “no-fried” pinto beans^(SM), and a variety of salsas that are prepared daily. Rubio's is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., and operates 193 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. For more information, visit

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