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Friday, January 7, 2011

Taco Asylum to open in The Camp in Costa Mesa on Thursday 1/13/11

Taco Asylum
2937 S. Bristol St, B102,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The moment that so many of us foodies have been waiting for has finally arrived. Taco Asylum, the brainchild of the trio that opened Haven Gastropub in Orange, will be opening at The CAMP in Costa Mesa on 1/13/11. Taco Asylum will feature gourmet tacos for around $5 each. A sampler of 8 mini tacos will also be available for $18. Here is their menu:

Specializing in non-traditional gourmet tacos, taco asylum pulls from a wide array of global cuisines, showcasing interesting ingredients ranging from Mediterranean-style grilled octopus to East Indian-style curried paneer. Le Cordon Bleu trained Executive Chef Greg Daniels has carefully thought out and uniquely constructed 10 taco offerings, each with a distinct flavor profile, ingredients, and accompaniments. Our own unique tortillas, marinades and sauces will be made in-house and from-scratch, using only the freshest ingredients, sustainable meats and seafood, and products from local farms and vendors wherever possible.

o grilled octopus – flour tortilla, kalamata olives, oregano, feta, tomatoes $5

o pork belly – flour tortilla, carrots, daikon, onions, cilantro $5

o short rib – flour tortilla, pickled red onion, salsa verde, cotija cheese, cilantro $5

o curried paneer – naan tortilla, raita, tomato chutney $5

o wild mushroom – herbed tortilla, mushrooms, garbanzo puree, parsley salad, fried chickpeas $5

o lamb – flour tortilla, olive tapenade, ratatouille, mâché $6

o duck – flour tortilla, camembert, dijon crème fraîche $6

o corazon – flour tortilla, pickled turnips and peppers, harissa $5

o ghost chili pork – flour tortilla, chili threads, pork cracklins $5

o flight of first eight above $18

To elevate and complement the overall dining experience, Beverage Director Wil Dee has put together a unique beer selection comprised of only craft beer, with six varieties on tap and 18 canned beers – all priced at $6. Guests may also enjoy a unique selection of all-natural bottled sodas, many of which are handcrafted in small batches – all priced at $4.

The 50-seat restaurant has an industrial feel with unfinished concrete flooring, exposed ducting, hanging industrial wire-caged miner lights, reclaimed wood walls with rusted copper accents. Unfinished reclaimed wood tables feature metal shop stools. Soft banquet seating and barstools are offset with galvanized plumbing pipe supports.

Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., taco asylum is located at The CAMP (2937 S. Bristol St, B102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626), between Native Foods and SEED People’s Market. All food and non-alcoholic items will be available for secure online ordering through our website, and conveniently designed for carryout. taco asylum will offer its entire food menu for carryout.


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