Soho Taco isn’t just tacos anymore

It’s been several years since this initially small, one-cart catering company hit the OC food scene, and through the years have expanded through leaps and bounds to 15 carts today. For those of you who do not know, my story with Soho Taco, it happened a little like this.

A friend was looking for a taco truck or caterer for a party he was having at home. He asked me for some recommendations and since I didn’t have any, I did some research and gave him several names I came across just from googling. He selected Soho Taco and then tells me later it was the best tacos ever.

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Fast forward and I’m at a Yelp elite event at Proof Bar in Santa Ana and Soho Taco was there that evening. I fell in love after first bite. Since that fated moment, I have been an avid follower of this company, recommending them to friends for their special day.

Since then I’ve been to a wedding and a baby shower catered by Soho Taco and stop by their food truck whenever I have a hankering for one of those mouthwatering tacos. Soho Taco is not an ordinary taco vendor. Theirs are made with so much love it overflows right into you mouth. One bite and you’ll understand why. The flavors are simply stunning and addictive. Ranging from the ubiquitous carne asada and pollo tacos to the mahi mahi or shrimp ones, there’s something magical about the flavor profiles bursting in your mouth.

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Then there’s the veggie taco, filled with portabello, red and yellow bell peppers, onions, and the secret seasoning which ties it all together. These days, they are offering tofu al pastor as well as a soyrizo taco for their many vegetarian customers. This year, Soho Taco launched an add-on to their various packages offering customers the opportunity for tray passed hors d’oeuvres at their special event. I thought it was such an excellent idea, for those wanting something a little more than just the casual tacos. Some of the items I tried are listed below with photos.

Espadillas de Fruta is a refreshing start with skewers of watermelon and mango in a tangy salsa de chamoy sauce and tajin rim adding to the tartness with a hint of spice.

DSC02634 Those of you who have tried the tortilla chips from Soho Taco will know what I’m talking about when I say they are addicting. Tostaditas de Aguacate is a freshly made tortilla crisp topped with guacamole, queso fresco and microgreens, you won’t want to stop at one. DSC02649 The Red Snapper Ceviche with the perfect amount of lime is also served on this tortilla crisp. Mouth-puckering good and absolutely delightful. DSC02660 Vegetarians can choose the Rebanadas de Uva, slices of toasted baguette topped with goat cheese, sweet grapes, and sprinkled with chile lime peanuts. You get a wonderful contrast of textures in this one little bite. DSC02642 Some hot offerings like Albondigas is so delicious you won’t want to stop at one, but I highly recommend leaving some room for those tacos. Mexican meatballs stuffed with dried figs are smothered in salsa de chipotle giving it a rich, smoky taste your mouth will crave. DSC02633 Then, there is Espadillas de Camarones, shrimp skewers drenched in a house made sweet and sour sauce I absolutely loved. DSC02645 I thoroughly enjoyed the Tofu Al Pastor taco which has the same powerful flavors of the pork using tofu. Of course I’d much rather eat a regular al pastor taco, but for a vegetarian taco, it was rather delicious. DSC02652 If you’re planning a special event: wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, whatever it is, and you’re looking to see if Soho Taco is the way to go — IT IS — you absolutely won’t regret it.

You can contact Selene by emailing her at selene@sohotaco.com or call her direct line 714-852-2472 for more information. To reach Soho Taco‘s main office the number is 714-805-6218.

any meal of the day at M Street Kitchen

Not long ago, I visited Stella Rossa Pizza Kitchen next door to this very eclectic and vibey cafe. Like its sister restaurant and neighbor, M Street Kitchen has a character of its own more often found on the east coast than here on the west.

Serving breakfast, lunch and an early dinner, the menu of sweet treats, together with succulent savories will delight you — it definitely  impressed me in more ways than one, two, or even three.

I’m a salty and my friend is a sweet, which makes for the perfect dining accompaniment when I go out to eat. Although I like to try the sweet offerings, I can’t bear to take more than one or two bites. With a sweet-toothed savior in tow, I can happily say, I can  sample and leave the eating to the pro.

We started with the Blackberry Bran Muffin ($2.50), a moist, sticky muffin which reminded me more of a sticky toffee pudding than a bran muffin. I took a bite and found the slight tartness of the blackberries very appealing. I took another bite — gooey, addicting even for me.

The Sourdough Muffin ($2.50) is made in-house and one of THE best muffins I’ve ever tasted. Texturally, it has a wonderful chewiness you won’t get from a commercially produced muffin. Served with butter and jam, the salty, sweet, tart combo is delicious as a light breakfast item or as an accompaniment to something more substantial.

When we ordered Crispy Hash Browns Benedict ($11), I wasn’t really thinking about how it would arrive. I was surprised to find the hash browns in place of the muffin but pleasantly so. The crispiness of the hash browns remained constant throughout and the perfectly poached eggs oozed over the potatoes making them the best breakfast ever.

You get a choice of ham or bacon with white or nine grain toast and we opted for bacon — salty with a touch of sweetness from the brown sugar lightly brushed on before baking. This is the dish I would come back for over and over again and it is a hefty portion so I would definitely need to share it!

If you have a sweet tooth, Blueberry Pancakes ($9) are absolutely not-to-be-missed. You get three huge pancakes with farm fresh blueberries embedded throughout. The pure maple syrup is not overly sweet and very light. I took three bites! That’s a record for me when it comes to pancakes!!

Lunch time offerings include Evil Thai Princess Salad ($11) with chicken, peanuts, lemongrass, kaffir lime. I was told this was one of the more popular salads, but I wanted a more “evil” salad — stronger dressing with more lemongrass and kaffir lime flavors — a lot more heat too — but I understand not everyone has demonic tastebuds like mine! My tolerance for heat is very strong!

Our last item was “Surfer Style” Tuna Tacos ($17) sushi grade tuna, grilled rare, with accompanying accoutrements such as guacamole, pico de gallo, black beans, and two types of dipping sauces — charred tomato salsa and chipotle mayo.

I took one of the corn tortillas and made myself a pretty little parcel. The taco is absolutely delicious, so fresh with a kick from the accompanying sauces. The portions are very generous and I strongly suggest sharing everything.

I’m excited for you to try M Street Kitchen and they have generously offered one of my readers a $25 gift certificate to do just that. Leave a comment with your full name and tell me what your favorite meal of the day is and what your #1 choice thing to eat is, for a chance to win. Entries close on Sunday March 5th. Winner announced Monday March 6th.

M Street Kitchen
2000 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tel: 310-396-9145

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Great Mex is a surprising little joint

Ever since a friend of mine introduced me to this place, I’ve been coming here whenever I’ve been craving Mexican food. A small hole-in-the-wall, Great Mex is one of those places where food is simple but delicious and absolutely down-to-earth without any pretension.

There are three locations in Orange County and I recently visited their newest location in Costa Mesa hidden in a generic looking mall, easily missed if you’re not looking for it.

There is a salsa bar with a bunch of really great salsas ranging from mild to those with some kick to it. I love the smoky darker salsa as well as the one with a kick to it. Usually, I mix the two together. The chips flow endlessly if you want them to — just ask!

The Carnitas Fries here puts some others (I’m not naming names) to shame, both in flavor and size. For $5.95, the ginormous portion is so huge there is no way one person can eat it all — well I guess if you’re absolutely famished, maybe. There is a lot of meat, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and cheese.

I normally am not a big fan of Chile Relleno ($2.50 a la carte $5.25/combo) because it is so heavily battered. Here, the coating is thin and all you get is a delicious pepper filled with cheese which oozes out when you cut into it. What could be better than that? This is the best chile relleno I’ve had in OC.

If you’re a taco fan, try the ones here. They run about $2 each and my favorite is the al pastor. Vegetarians can order the potato or mushroom taco (which they’ve recently added to the menu). However, my all time favorite is the shrimp taco! I get it every single time I come here.

I’ve been here once a week ever since my first time here and I’m completely hooked on the enchilada — well the enchilada sauce really. I’ve never liked enchilada before. I think I’ve finally figured it out, it’s the sauce! The roja sauce is simply amazing here. They definitely don’t put enough on the enchilada for me.

Breakfast is pretty tasty too. Chorizo omelette is jam packed with chorizo and jalapenos, served with potatoes and toast. The portion is so generous I was able to make two meals out of it.

If you’re looking for something light, check out the chicken salad. A grilled chicken breast sits atop a bed of baby greens tossed with a delicious salad dressing. I couldn’t stop eating this even though I was already stuffed.

Shrimp quesadilla has got to be one of the best items here. In fact, my son loves the al pastor quesadilla, but I love the shrimp.

Big chunks of shrimp are stuffed into this huge flour tortilla with melted cheese oozing with each bite. You can’t go wrong with this, or any of the items on the menu.

There are three locations you can go try some of this delicious fare at, so there is no excuse to not check this little gem out!

Tell me which location you would most likely visit and why and you might win a $10 gift certificate to Great Mex. 

Great Mex
703 E Balboa Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Tel: 949-675-0808

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2360 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Tel: 949-645-1884

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1525 E Mesa Verde Drive
Ste 117
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tel: 714-241-1120

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