Helmed by James Beard Award nominee Carlos Salgado, Taco Maria is a refined, Mexican-American restaurant in Costa Mesa. The four-course prix-fixe dinner that rotates regularly based on Salgado's freshest finds is the main draw, and for good reason. Expect clever and unique dishes like sturgeon tacos, roasted chile with Dungeness crab and potatoes, and English peas with bacon.
Don’t be fooled by the name: Taco Maria’s more than a simple taqueria (although it does make a particularly memorable Mole de Pato). While the prix-fixe dinner menu changes regularly, it always features elegant, modern interpretations of Mexican food, like a grilled Kurobuta Pork Chop that’s served with bacon chorizo and grilled caraflex cabbage. Chef Carlos Salgado’s dedication and creativity have earned Taco Maria frequent mentions on Southern California best restaurant lists as well as a well-deserved Michelin star. You’ll find this restaurant at SOCO & The OC Mix, a galleria of design shops, restaurants, and boutiques off I-405.