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El Toro Bravo

Map & Directions 739 W. 19th St., Ste. G
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Mexican
  • Daily 6am-9pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted


OC Weekly's Description

El Toro Bravo in Costa Mesa is a legendary carniceria, selling only meat, tacos, and burritos. They've been cranking out great tortillas, tacos and burritos for so many decades (and is related to both El Toro Bravo in SanTana and El Camino Real in Fullerton) that it's easy to take El Toro Bravo's skill for granted: the best-flavored rotisserie chicken, carne asada griddled with caramelized onion, and the moistest carnitas in the Mexican-restaurant neighborhood of West Costa Mesa. El Toro Bravo could easily rest on its reputation and stop caring, like so many long-running restaurants, but they still kill it every day on their specialty items. Whole chickens are dry-brined for many hours with an annatto-rich adobo seasoning that works its tangy flavor and salt deep into the breast meat. If you've ever eaten bland rotisserie chicken (I'm looking at you, Costco!) that lacked any salt or flavor beneath the skin, know that's not going to happen to you at El Toro Bravo, ever.

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  • Oscar G. on 10/27/12

    Try the Jamaica water. Yes it is good.

  • OC Weekly on 11/21/11

    Voted Best Burrito in OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Issue! Come in and order the burrito carne asada! Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners!

  • Oscar G. on 10/27/12

    Chicharron en salsa verde is awesome.

  • Mark M. on 04/25/10

    The finest mexican joint in socal. A hidden gem in the back of a strip mall. There is no where to sit, all take out....Love this place

  • Gil C. on 12/09/11

    Cash Only!

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