Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Crispy Tacos from OC Taco Joint

OC Taco Joint
1724 N Tustin St
Orange, CA 92865

   I lived right around the corner from OC Taco Joint for years and never even knew this place existed and Im bummed it took me so long to learn about it. The family and I ended up there on a Saturday afternoon after my wife made the suggestion based on what she had heard from her co-workers. So my little one ordered a chicken and cheese quesadilla, my son ordered the pork burrito with beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. My wife ordered the tostada bowl and three taquitos while I ordered the two taco combo plate and a small nachos. With drinks for all the meal cost us about $42.

  My daughter chowed down her chicken quesadilla with her only complaint being it was a little too greasy. The quesadilla was loaded with melted cheese and bits of shredded chicken. She gobbled down the entire quesadilla and even manged to have some of the free chips and salsa that were provided. My son said his burrito was good. It was loaded with re-fried beans, cheese, shredded pork and the rest of the fixings. He almost could not finish the burrito which is amazing because this time in his life my son can finish just about any meal and keep going for more. A large burrito indeed.

  My wife always gets taco salads, it is one of her favorite things to order and a tostada bowl was the closest thing she could get at OC Taco Joint. She said the chicken was moist and the overall taste of the tostada bowl was excellent. Her only negative, if you can even call it one, was that the flour tortilla bowl was baked which lead to a floury taste for the shell. She said the guacamole on the taquitos was flavorful and tasted fresh. She was satisfied with her meal and it curbed her Mexican food craving.

  As for my meal I ordered the famous crispy tacos. I only say that because there were a couple small signs in OC Taco Joint that suggested the crispy tacos were the way to go. My tacos were filled with shredded pork, lettuce, tomato and cheese. The two taco plate came with rice and beans. The tacos shell was crispy and became slightly fragmented with each bite. The shredded pork was tender, moist and full of flavor. The side of beans were creamy and the rice was cooked perfectly. A very well made plate of food and the taco reminded me of the kind my mom made when I was growing up. The nachos were covered in beans, melted cheese, ground beef, tomato and fresh onions. The chips stayed crunchy even while the healthy amount of beans piled on top. The groundbeef  was tasty but I think I would have preferred a different choice of meat.

  OC Taco Joint is small and can be hard to find but let me say this, it was worth the trip. The food quality was good, the service was super friendly and the prices were good. I know I walked out of  OC Taco Joint stuffed and I think the rest of the family did also. If you are in the mood for more Americanized Mexican food then make sure to stop by OC Taco Joint.

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