OC Register: 5 reasons Restaurant Marin is the hottest restaurant in Orange County right now


Another favorable mention for our tenant!

I’m sitting on the patio enjoying my morning cup of coffee, watching a butterfly stumble through the jasmine-scented breeze, admiring the crystal chandeliers overhead. Gotan Project, a French band, plays softly on the stereo. The singing is in French, so I can’t understand a word of it, but it’s a soothing rhythm that makes me smile. It puts me in a vacation sort of mood.

“What’s a ‘Bunni breakfast?’” I ask the waitress, who also happens to be one of the owners.


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Taco Maria Recommended by Travel Leisure


Another recognition for our favorite Taco place:

Heirloom-Blue-Corn Tacos: Taco María, Costa Mesa, California

Mall food conjures visions of bad stir-fry and soft pretzels. That is definitely not what Carlos Salgado, who trained at Coi and Commis, is doing at his Chicano restaurant inside Orange County’s shopping mecca, the OC Mix. He sources heirloom blue corn from Mexico, hand-presses tortillas, and stuffs them with everything from stone fruits and pork cheeks to chicken in ancho-almond mole. From $13.

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LA Times: Glowing Review for Restaurant Marin


Once again, I have found another terrific restaurant at SoCo. This one is called Restaurant Marin, named after the chef’s wife.

The chef is Noah Blom and he is the creator of Arc, which is next door to Marin. That restaurant cooks everything in a wood fired oven or a wood fired grill. Marin will also use the wood fired ovens and wood fired grill, but the cooking temperature will be lower so they can do seafood as well as other offerings.

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OC Register: Taco Maria in Best Places to Eat and Drink for Cinco de Mayo!

From left, Mango-Habernero, Prickly Pear Margarita, La Pina, Platinum Mojito and Cha Cha Margarita are some of the fresh California-Latin cocktails served at Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequila, Brea.    //ADDITIONAL INFO: A food review on the new gourmet Mexican restaurant Cha Cha in Brea. tres leche cake, flan with kahlua cream, salmon vera cruz, enchiladas combo trio, chicken flautas, chips and salsa and the mango margarita.   review.1016.cy  CINDY YAMANAKA, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - CQ's

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Let’s be clear: Cinco de Mayo is not a major holiday south of the border.

Years ago, margarita-thirsty Americans took Mexico’s military victory over the French – the Battle of Puebla in 1862 – and turned it into an excuse for celebrating with tequila and tacos in the United States.

The event is now such a cash cow, non-Mexican restaurants want a piece of the action. I’ve seen vegan eateries and gastropubs hawking specials this year.