It's no mystery that the dining experience is not as it used to be, but that doesn't mean we can't try new restaurants or frequent our favorites. What better way to support our local restaurant businesses than participating in OC Restaurant Week. For OCRW this year, I'm featuring three restaurants where you can get scrumptious tacos to prepare you for the upcoming Margarita Crawl from March 21 - 27, 2021. OC Restaurant features a diverse variety of restaurants offering pre-fixe brunch, lunch, and or dinner menus. Some restaurants are also offering cocktail and wine specials, as well as family and date night packages - visit the OC Restaurant Week website to view the entire participating restaurant list, or search by name, city or price point. OCRW will occur March 7, 2021 - March 13, 2021. 

Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen - Irvine at The Market Place

Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen Logo

13126 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602

(714) 408-7819

Website | Menu on OCRW | Other Coverage of Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen

Hours:  Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm, Sunday Dinner: 3pm-9pm, Monday – Thursday 11:30 am – 9 pm, Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 10pm 


Lunch $15

  • Classic Award-Winning Margarita $7 - El Jimador Blanco 100% Blue Agave, Cointreau, fresh home made sour mix hand shaken, served on the rocks

Soup or Salad- choice of

  • Caesar Salad G - Home made cilantro-pepita dressing tossed with hearts of romaine, topped with crisp tortillas, roasted pepitas and cotija cheese
  • Pozole Verde G - homemade tomatillo-chile broth, chicken, hominy, cabbage, radish, lime    

Entrée - choice of

  • Tacos - Choice of any 2: chicken, steak G, carnitas G, or wild mushroom GV taco Served with epazote black beans GV & roasted salsa rice GV
  • Vegetable Enchiladas - Calabasitas, fresh corn, mixed cheese, tomatillo & poblano chile sauce
  • Crab & Shrimp Enchiladas - Crab & shrimp sautéed with garlic, white wine, poblano peppers  served with creamy habanero pesto sauce
  • Fresh Grilled Salmon G - Chipotle-honey glazed on a bed of roasted potatoes, fresh corn and pasilla chilies
  • Chicken Flautas - fresh chicken, roasted corn, guajillo chili, Oaxaca cheese, crisp flour tortillas served with mango-habanero salsa    
  • Short Rib Enchiladas G - open face, guajillo braised short rib, goat cheese, fresh radish, epazote black beans  

 * 'G' - Gluten Free and 'V' - Vegetarian * 


Dinner $30

  • Grande Classic Award-Winning Margarita $14 - 100% Blue Agave Tequila, Cointreau, Fresh lime, organic agave nectar, hand-shaken, served on the rocks

Appetizer - choice of

  • Caesar Salad G - Home-made cilantro-pepita dressing tossed with hearts of romaine, topped with crisp tortillas, roasted pepitas & cotija cheese
  • Home-Made Sopes GV - grilled wild mushroom, epazote, black beans, lettuce, avocado salsa, crema
  • Aguachile G - Ahi tuna, cucumber, lemon and orange, red onion, Serrano chili, cilantro, mint
  • Pozole Verde G - homemade tomatillo-chile broth, chicken, hominy, cabbage, radish, lime   
  • Chicken Flautas - Fresh chicken, roasted corn, guajillo chile, Oaxacan cheese in crisp flour tortillas, served with mango-habanero salsa

Entrée - choice of

  • Roasted Vegetable Fajita - Calabasitas, fresh corn, wild mushrooms, poblano & red peppers, achiote onions black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, escabeche
  • Crab & Shrimp Enchiladas - Creamy habanero-pesto, cotija, roasted red peppers & toasted pepitas
  • Fresh Grilled Salmon G - Chipotle-honey glazed over a bed of roasted potatoes, fresh corn & pasilla chile
  • Roasted Chicken G - Pan-roasted Mary’s free-range chicken breast marinated in Yucatan spices,  served with fresh seasonal vegetables, home-made salsas & corn tortillas
  • Guajillo Braised Short Rib Enchilada G - Guajillo braised short ribs over a bed of epazote black beans & tortillas Topped with guajillo sauce, goat cheese, fresh radish & micro cilantro
  • ‘Wood-Oven’ Carnitas G - Slow-braised, marinated pork with achiote onion, fresh salsas,  epazote black beans, salsa rice & corn tortillas

Dessert - choice of

  • Flan - Baked with fresh vanilla bean & served with coconut lime cookie & whipped cream
  • Tres Leches Cake - Layers of tres leches soaked chiffon cake & coconut served with fruit salsa 

 * 'G' - Gluten Free and 'V' - Vegetarian * 


$45 Taco Kit

available for take-out
Serves 3-5 people

Includes: 

  • Half pound Each of Steak, Chicken, & Carnitas
  • Dozen Tortillas
  • Pint of Charred Fresh Tomato Salsa
  • Pound of Tortilla Chips
  • Pint Each of Beans, Rice & Chipotle Cabbage

Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen Tacos
Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen Margaritas
Orange County Restaurant Week enchiladas


TLT Food - Irvine Spectrum Center

TLT Food Logo

705 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 727-1414

 Hours:  11am - 8pm Daily 

Website | Menu on OCRW


Lunch $10

available for dine in and take-out

  • Choice of Any Bowl or 2 Tacos
  • Choice of Side

Dinner $20

available for dine in and take-out

  • Choice of Any Bowl or 2 Tacos
  • Choice of Side
  • Choice of Beverage
  1. Limeade
  2. House Beer
  3. House Wine
  4. Loaded Limeade
  5. Non-alcoholic Beverage
  • Stuffed Churro Bites

Date Night $30

available for dine in and take-out

  • Choice of Beverage
  1. 2 Limeades
  2. 2 House Beers
  3. 2 Glasses of House Wine
  4. 2 Loaded Margaritas
  • Homemade Chips + Guac 
  • Short Rib or Impossible Meat Quesadilla
  • 2 ATL Steak or Marinated Mushroom Tacos
  • Side of Brussels Sprouts 
  • Side of Crispy Artichokes & Tangy Vin
  • Stuffed Churro Bites 

Family Meal $50

available for dine in and take-out

serves 4

  • Taco Party 
  • 4 OC Tacos with Seasoned Ahi or Tofu
  • 4 ATL Tacos with Marinated Mushrooms
  • Steak or Impossible Meat Nachos
  • 2 Brussels Sprouts sides
  • 4 Elite (Corn off the Cob) sides
  • 2 Crispy Artichoke Hearts & Tangy Vin sides
  • 2 Stuffed Churro Bites Churros 

TLT Food Irvine Taco Line Up
 

Image via TLT Food


El Mercado Modern Cuisine

El Mercado Modern Cuisine Logo

301 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 338-2446

Website  |  Reservations | Menu on OCRW

Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 5pm-10pm, Sundays: 10am-3pm


Sunday Brunch $25

1st Course - Choice of One

  • Avocado Toast - Sourdough, Everything Bagel Seasoning, Organic Sunflowers, Cucumbers
  • 1/2lb Brussels - Parmesan Cheese, Mix Pickled Veggies, Xoconostle & Chile Ancho Reduction Sauce

2nd Course - Choice of One

  • Omelet - Carnitas, Cilantro, Onions, Salsa Verde, Roasted Potatoes
  • Breakfast Burrito - Chorizo, Egg, Potato, Cheese, Sour Cream, Pickled Onions, Tomato, Avocado
  • Chilaquiles - Tortilla Chips, Salsa Verde, Cotija Cheese, Sunny Side Up Eggs, Pickled Fresno, Pickled Onions

3rd Course - Choice of One

  • French Toast - Sweet Custard, Goat Milk Sauce, Jamaica Syrup, Orange Marmalade, Bananas & Strawberries
  • Oaxaca Flourless - Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Oaxaca Chocolate, Pistachios

Dinner $30

1st Course - Choice of One

  • Guacamole - Chips, Pepitas, Tomatoes, Onions
  • Aguachiles - Shrimp, Cucumber, Serrano, Avocado, Red Onion, Chipotle Powder
  • 1/2lb Brussels - Parmesan Cheese, Mix Pickled Veggies, Xoconostle & Chile Ancho Reduction Sauce

2nd Course - Choice of One

  • Enchiladas Verdes - Free Range Chicken, Blue Corn Tortilla, Queso Fresco, Oaxaca Cheese, Salsa Verde, Rice and Black Beans
  • Carnitas - Homemade Tortillas, Slow Roasted Pork, Pork Jus, Salsa Verde, Pickled Onion, Cilantro
  • Vegetarian Enchiladas - Ratatouille Style Veggies, Blue Corn Tortilla, Queso Fresco, Oaxaca Cheese, Salsa Verde, Rice and Black Beans

3rd Course - Choice of One

  • Flourless Cake - Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Oaxaca Chocolate, Pistachios
  • Carrot Cake - Pineapple Compote, Whipped Cream

El Mercado Cuisine Santa Ana Tacos

Image via El Mercado Modern Cuisine Facebook


Featured Cocktail

Sinaloa in a Glass $13 - Hornitos Plata, Honey, Serrano Shrub, Fresh Lime Juice, Cucumber. This is a refreshing and spicy cocktail

El Mercado Featured Cocktail OC Restaurant Week 2021 - Sinaloa in a Glass

El Mercado Featured Cocktail OC Restaurant Week 2021 - Preparing Sinaloa in a Glass


Cocktail Images via OCRW