Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Taco María

Prix Fixe at the OC Mix
Taco María is located inside the OC Mix @ SoCo Collection in Costa Mesa.
3313 Hyland Avenue, Ste C21, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626  (714) 538-8444  info@tacomaria.com
Dinner is available from Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We ate dinner there last Friday night.
Awards:
Jonathan Golds 101 Best Restaurants 2014 - Los Angeles Times
Best Mexican Restaurant 2013 - OC Weekly
Best New Restaurants 2013 - OC Register

As good as the French Laundry Award 2014 - Taste N Trip

The Prix Fixe dinner was incredible! This was on par with dining at the French Laundry, only a shorter drive for us to get there. It was definitely the best dinner and wine pairing we have ever had in Southern California. 
There are two choices of prixe fixe dinners and you can order both choices to share as a couple.  Instead of one four course dinner, you can share the two different dinners and have half of eight different courses and eight different wines between two people. 
You might not expect it, but the amount of food and wine is more than enough!
GAZPACHO VERDE
Cucumber-melon-avocado, fennel, hyssop, blackberry paired with August Kessler, 2012 Riesling Kabinett, Pfalz, Germany.

TACO de CALAMARES
Monterey squid, squid ink torilla, peanuts, purslane paired with Domaine Pichot, 2010 Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, France.

CAMPECHANA
Geoduck clam (pronounced "gooey duck”), abalone, Mayan octopus, avocado, tomato paired with Zocker, 2012 Gruner Veltliner, Edna Valley, California.

CARNE APACHE
Beef heart tartare, serrano, lime, crisp rice, egg, yolk paired with Kaiken, 2012 Torrontes, Salta, Argentina.

FRIOLES de la OLLA (top) & PESCADO al PASTOR (bottom)
The frioles consisted of green & shelling beans, grilled cabbage, cueritos, meyer lemon paired with Leyda, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley, Chile.
The pescado included pink grouper, achitoe, citrus, braised lettuce, green tomato paired with Paco and Lola, 2012 Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain.
SOPA de TORTILLA
Guinea fowl, lavender, onion, apple, cotija, bone broth paired with Bodegas Juan Gil 'Honoro Vera' 2013 Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain.

CACHETE
Pork cheek, blue grits, white peach, bacon, shisito peppers paired with Yangarra Estate, 2011 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia.

Four courses were $52.

The wine pairings were an additional $26.
Both were well worth it!
 
All of the courses were excellent! My special favorites were:
  • TACO de CALAMARES
  • CAMPECHANA
    FRIOLES de la OLLA
  • PESCADO al PASTOR
  • SOPA de TORTILLA
  • CACHETE
And the wines I enjoyed the most were:
  • Paco and Lola, 2012 Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain
  • Bodegas Juan Gil 'Honoro Vera' 2013 Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain  
  • Yangarra Estate, 2011 Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia

If you ever find yourself looking for a place to eat dinner in Costa Mesa (Tues-Sat), this it the place!

Cheers!

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