Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility CHEF CARLOS SALGADO AND TACO MARIA EARNCOVETED MICHELIN STAR – SOCO & The OC Mix


Costa Mesa-based restaurant and chef included in first ever MICHELIN Guide California


Costa Mesa, Calif., (June 07, 2019) – Chef Carlos Salgado and hisfamily-inspired Costa Mesa restaurant, Taco María, were awarded a MICHELIN Star in the first ever MICHELIN Guide California on June 3, 2019.  Chef Salgado’s Taco María was amongst 90 restaurants in the state to receive a coveted MICHELIN Star and was one of two selected restaurants out of the 34 Orange County cities under consideration.

In order for a restaurant to earn a MICHELIN Star, that indicates that the establishment provides a consistent, high-quality dining experience.  Each restaurant recognized in the MICHELIN Guide California was announced on June 3 during a live revelation in Huntington Beachwhich featured an oceanfrontcelebration with a variety of food offerings from chefs including Mourad Lahlou, Melissa Perello, Wolfgang Puck and Michael Cimarusti.

“The sincerest congratulations are in order for ChefSalgado and the Taco María team for receiving this well-deserved honor,” notesDeana Morgan, Vice President of Real Estate Management at Burnham USA.  “The Burnham team is humbled and thankful to have such an incredible culinary talent as a part of the SOCO + The OC Mix family.”

Taco María serves Alta California cuisine, which combines Mexican and American cultures to create both a meaningful and flavorful dining experience, all of which is generated from one important ingredient – corn.The Mexican saying, “Without corn, there is no country,” is the heart and backbone of the restaurant and is recognized by Chef Salgado each day as he works to reinterpret and evoke Mexican cuisine to create thoughtful dishes such as Aguachile, Tocino, and, of course, elaborate tacos on a fresh-made tortilla.

With help from the MICHELIN Guide California, Taco María will forever be known as a go-to dining destination for California residents and visitors.  TheMICHELIN Guide is a trusted companion to its readers and will always be a valuable resource for diners because it has stayed true to its evaluation criteria andgiven readers a consistent guide experience with every new release.


About SOCO + The OC Mix

SOCO (South Coast Collection) is Southern California’s destination for inspiration — comprising a premier interior design, culinary, event and boutique shopping center.  Located in Costa Mesa just off the 405 Freeway, SOCO is easily accessible from all of Orange County and the greater Southern California region.  At the heart of SOCO is The OC Mix, a carefully curated collection of artisan, owner-operated culinary, fashion, and lifestyle purveyors inspired by the San Francisco Ferry Building and L.A.’s best shopping streets. In addition, SOCO offers an award-winning weekly Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, and a year-round schedule of events to appeal to a variety of interests.  SOCO also is home to numerous landmark retail locations, including Brown Jordan’s first to-the-public store and the largest Design Within Reach showroom in the world.  Other especially noteworthy tenants of SOCO and The OC Mix include Cisco Home, ARC, PIRCH, Taco María, Portola Coffee, Roche Bobois, Room & Board and H.D. Buttercup.  Beyond offering a truly unique and innovative lifestyle-enriching experience, SOCO and The OC Mix provide an impressive selection of special event venues, including open-air courtyards, cutting-edge showrooms and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.  For more information and a full directory, please visit www.socoandtheocmix.



About Burnham USA and Burnham-Ward Properties

Over the past quarter of a decade, Burnham USA, together with its affiliate Burnham-Ward Properties, has developed or acquired millions of square-footage of commercial property including retail, professional office, medical and industrial properties throughout the United States. Helmed by industry veterans, the firm has created some of Southern California’s most distinctive and unique commercial projects. The firm approaches each project in an environmentally conscious manner, with an artful eye, and with an emphasis on thoughtfully curating its projects. It is the partners’ belief that, through property, the company can create meaningful, community-centered places for people to interact, work, and experience better lives.




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