Unwind with authentically prepared dishes inspired by the coastal and southern regions of Mexico at Costa Mesa’s Playa Mesa. Chef Rolando Rubalcava’s innovative take on Mexican street food shines in a predominately gluten-free menu built from non-GMO, organic and farm-to-table ingredients. Reminiscent of Baja flavors, the Tacos Dorados de Papa are flavored with fresh tomato salsa and cotija cheese,
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Torta de Milanesa at Playa Mesa. A football-sized bolillo is buttered and toasted and slathered with a glop of refried beans and chipotle mayo, then heaped with finely shredded lettuce, pickled jalapeños and fat slices of avocado and tomato. Stuffed into the middle of all
After four visits, I still haven’t sampled the tacos at Playa Mesa in Costa Mesa. I keep meaning to order tacos. I mean, seriously, how can I review a Mexican restaurant and not taste the tacos? I always see something else on the menu that sounds even more tempting. The menu is extensive.
“Enchiladas Suizas or chicken tacos?” I
From the team behind The Country Club comes Playa Mesa, a stunning haven for elevated Mexican fare and exquisite libations.
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Seventieth Street is bustling with good eats. The burgeoning gentrification is in full swing, and you can now curb your cravings for carnitas and killer margaritas on the Costa Mesa strip.
Mario Marovic owns Dory Deli, The Stag Bar and Malarky’s in Newport Beach, and he recently purchased the Newport Beach Brewing Company with plans to renovate the building and continue brewing quality beer.
Marovic and business partner Andrew Gabriel expanded their culinary empire six years ago when they opened Wild Goose Tavern on 17th Street in Costa Mesa. Their next