Started presumably as a way to bolster typically slumping midweek sales and to have some fun with alliteration (“Taco Wednesday” doesn’t sound quite right, does it?) the Taco Tuesday phenomenon only seems to grow in popularity here in Orange County. In fact, Taco Tuesday may have begun in Orange County: Tortilla Flats on Lake Mission Viejo owns the domain name tacotuesday.com where it states that “It all started in Laguna Beach circa 1976…” So, Happy 35th Birthday to Taco Tuesday.
Many Mexican restaurants offer special deals on tacos and drinks during the evening hours (some have their specials all day though). Some of the deals are discounts on individual items while some are all-you-can-eat, the most well-known such example being at the Avila’s El Ranchito on the Balboa Peninsula. The ever-growing list of Orange County Taco Tuesday spots at my blog now sports 60+ entries. There are also a number of non-Mexican restaurants that offer Taco Tuesday deals hoping to catch in on the craze, such as Sage in Newport Beach offering $2 gourmet tacos and French 75 in Laguna Beach offering several kinds of crepe tacos. You can even finish up a game of golf at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club then take advantage of their Taco Tuesday.
With all these choices where will you be enjoying Taco Tuesday tonight?
Not your typical ground beef and cheese…
On April 26th, the high-end Raya at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel will be hosting a special $65 Taco Tuesday featuring a number of eclectic tacos such as the three “Tacos De Maiz:”
- pork belly and habanero slaw
- shortrib with adobo and pickled onion
- “lechon style” suckling pig with avocado-tomatillo salsa
I’m also looking forward to trying out their won ton, smoked swordfish and mango taco, among others. Check out the link for more information on this unique event.