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Hacienda la Joya, Mission Viejo – First Review: We Kissed All the Tacos and We Liked Them

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No One Hit Wonder Here, They’re All Good!

Hacienda la Joya Mission Viejo Taco Tuesday Tacos
Hacienda la Joya Mission Viejo Taco Tuesday Tacos

Until visiting Hacienda La Joya, we’d been to taco places that had great carnitas tacos, and others that had great carne asada tacos, and still others that specialized in some other kind of tacos. But those specialty items were more often than not, one hit wonders. Typically, anything else on the menu paled in comparison to that one great item that made our mouths water and our bellies happy.

Hacienda La Joya has conquered the one hit wonder curse. We’ve eaten here many times, but haven’t reviewed it yet. It could be we are in disbelief that everything on the menu can be so good. It could Continue reading Hacienda la Joya, Mission Viejo – First Review: We Kissed All the Tacos and We Liked Them

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Rasta Taco (Laguna Beach) – First Review: When is a Taco Not a Taco?

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When It’s Not Just Another Taco

Rasta Taco Al Pastor and Chicken Tacos
Rasta Taco Al Pastor and Chicken Tacos

Tacos are tacos, right? Just a tortilla loosely folded in half and filled with some meat and a few toppings. I mean anyone can make ’em, can’t they?

Just like a canvas is a canvas… at least until someone applies a few brush strokes. Anyone can do that as well. But how many of those brush stroked canvases make their way into art galleries? Only the ones painted by truly gifted artists.

So, when a taco is created by a culinary artist, shouldn’t it be considered something more than a brush stroked canvas or a folded and stuffed tortilla?

Such is the case at Rasta Taco. Here, they are not creating your run Continue reading Rasta Taco (Laguna Beach) – First Review: When is a Taco Not a Taco?

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Hacienda on the Lake – First Review: Breaking the Chains of Suburban Dining

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Waterside Dining Without Soaking Your Wallet

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With a name like Mission Viejo, you’d think good tasting Mexican food in a full service restaurant would be easy to find. But it seems suburbanites in the sleepy little bedroom community of south Orange County, like their dining establishments like they like their houses: expensive, in a limited number of floorplans, and only available in earth tones. So, it’s no surprise, uniform and boring chain restaurants dominate the foodscape where cookie cutter is the rule of the day. There are exceptions to every rule, though, and today’s Continue reading Hacienda on the Lake – First Review: Breaking the Chains of Suburban Dining

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Jimboy’s Tacos (Aliso Viejo) – First Review: Can a Gas Station Taco Give You More Than Gas?

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Fill Me Up with Regular, Hold the Premium

Jimboy's Original Ground Beef Taco
Jimboy’s Original Ground Beef Taco

When I first heard the local Shell Station in Aliso Viejo was going to be selling tacos, I scoffed. How could a gas station offer anything better than hotdogs with questionable expiration dates endlessly rotating for days on end on steel rollers under a heat lamp? The answer is simple: It wasn’t the gas station that was serving them. Despite numerous trips to Lake Tahoe, I had never heard of Jimboy’s Tacos so had no idea they were Continue reading Jimboy’s Tacos (Aliso Viejo) – First Review: Can a Gas Station Taco Give You More Than Gas?

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