Fiesta Cantina serves up a menu of tasty Mexican-style eats and throat deparchers in a festive space lined with high-definition TVs. Fix competition-craving eyes on a sportive game or a live UFC fight while mouths focus on chicken-filled Santa Monica rolls ($6) or the tres amigos dip platter, a posse of guacamole, queso, black bean dip and hot or mild salsa served with fresh corn tortilla chips ($8).
The authentic Mexican cuisine that Kala Truck's cooks create is as artful as the calla lily design on the side of its large, black truck. The design expresses the passion Kala’s owners share for bringing traditional Mexican cuisine to the masses, which is why they decided to create an accessible restaurant on wheels rather than an inaccessible restaurant in the depths of the ocean. Family recipes made with fresh ingredients are carefully arranged to create each dish on the food truck’s menu, including Patron-marinated steak tacos, vegetarian quesadillas, pulled pork and blackened shrimp sandwiches, and ancho chile-drenched enchiladas.
Caliente Southwest Grille whips up Mexican eats from ingredients brought in fresh daily. The menu brims with masterful Southwestern dishes, straddling the border between two cuisines like a foie gras Hot Pocket. The carnitas burrito ($5.35) wraps flour tortillas around tender chunks of slowly braised pork, pico de gallo, salsa, cheese, and guacamole, and the wow chicken taco ($2.85) drizzles a bright citrus dressing over grilled chicken, jicama, cucumber, lettuce, queso, and pepitas. Health-conscious diners will delight at the eatery’s salad selection, including a caliente tropical salad ($5.45) made with sweet chopped apples, sun-dried blueberries, pineapple and jicama lounging atop a bed of fresh romaine lettuce. Toast the completion of a difficult crossword puzzle with refreshing libations, available in domestic ($2.95) and imported ($3.50) varieties as well as an exotic, grape-hewn “wine” ($3.50) format.
The family that owns Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity. Since they opened the first of their three locations in 1991, they've been crafting burritos, seafood tacos, and steaks by drawing upon techniques honed at Mexico's food stands, rural kitchens, and guacamole rivers. Fresh produce and seafood, lard-free beans, and premium meats—like slow-cooked carnitas—join up with house marinade and daily made salsas. Every single corn chip lands on a plate the day it emerges from the fryer. Vegetarian options abound, too. The eatery's catering skills are praised by clients.
It's been nearly three decades since the first Taco Factory Inc opened its doors, and though the business has expanded to other locations, some things haven't changed. Chefs at all locations still rely on the same family recipes to craft a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine. The guacamole that tops the restaurant's tacos, tostadas, and burritos, for example, is still made fresh in-house, and the salsas and tortilla chips are always handmade. Breakfast, which is served till noon, features hearty eye-openers like egg and bean burritos or huevos rancheros, while a variety of vegetarian options cater to those in search of lighter fare.
Midnight Muncheez's delivery people zip late-night nourishment to residents of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach until 3 a.m. on weeknights and 4 a.m. on weekends. Callers quell after-hours belly rumblings with carne-asada tacos and 14-inch Hawaiian pizzas. Beer and wine are also available for delivery.