Taco Asylum

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Type: Bar, Eatery

2937 S. Bristol St, B102
Costa Mesa, California, 92626
United States

(714) 922-6010 | map

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Added by womencantsail on 07-05-2011

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Murrhey:
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice little place to get a gourmet taco with a nice selection of beers.

I went during happy hour so the prices were pretty damn good for me, but everything jumps up after happy hour ends. Had my first taste of Old Rasputin which I got on tap for three dollars.

I had the pork belly taco which was bomb, especially with some of that ghost chili sauce. Spicy chips were great as well.

Very cool atmosphere with a super friendly wait staff and quick service. Good music as well.

I'll be spending more time here. Especially if they rotate their beers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SwillinBrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Man I really like the tacos here!

This is a cool little gourmet taco place with a nice selection of beer, small bar and little patio. Besides the draught, the beer is in cans so make sure to ask for a glass, which will be plastic. I didnt care for the plastic, but in the end, it didnt ruin the experience for me. (oh, and before i forget, they have a cool little selection of craft soda too)

The below review has a nice description of the place so no need to repeat it.

The types of tacos they have are short rib, curried paneers, lamb, wild mushroom, duck, ghost chili pork, beef heart, pork belly and grilled baby octopus. You can get the tacos individually or buy the sampler. Sampler comes with all the tacos in a miniature portion... so a bunch of small tacos. (actually, the ghost chili taco isnt included)

My 2 favorites are the pork belly and the baby octopus which was very tender btw. There's also 3 bottles of homemade hot sauce for the grub. One is quite hot so watch out. I drizzled some of the hot sauce on the home made chips, pretty tasty.

I have to say, the maui coconut porter paired well with chips, Little Yella Pils with the baby octopus and Caldera IPA with the pork belly. What i thougt was cool is that you can get 21st Ammendments monks blood here but not at Hi-Times or Bevmo, WTF.

The food is a little on the pricer side unless you come at happy hour but i dont mind. I'll pay for good food. This place is cool in my book and is a place you can bring your signicant other or friends from work. (after we ate here, the wifey and i bar hopped it over to Valhalla table for more craft beer... it's about 50 yards away)

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

While I prefer eateries to talk about how good their food is versus the use of glittering generality, Taco Asylum may have me hooked on its duck taco and killer Happy Hour. Being located between my residence and workplace helps too, especially when traffic at the 55/405 interchange gives me an excuse to visit, which was earlier today.

It's small, has a tiny bar with four seats, a large TV sitting above the tap handles, metal and wood surroundings, including wood "in the raw" tables and seating. An outdoor patio sits just outside the eatery, and part of it is enclosed so you can bring your beer with you. Very clean in general. It's an "order at the counter" type of place.

Six beers pouring from the eccentric tap list (O'Hara's Stout, Ommmengang BPA, Racer 5, Craftsman Hefeweizen, Eel River Blonde, Humboldt Brown), and the can list (that's right, I said "can", not bottle) is made up of 30 varieties (21st Amendment, Anderson Valley, Avery, Big Sky, Buckbean, Maui, Oskar Blues, Caldera, Young's, Fuller's). I was delighted to see the hefe from Craftsman on-tap, and even more delighted that the keg was being changed when I ordered it. What didn't delight me were the plastic cups used for beer and the floaties in my draft. Drafts and cans go for $6 a pop, though this is greatly decreased during happy hour.

The tacos available are very unorthodox. A settled on a duck taco, which was topped with camembert cheese, crème fraîche, and purple fingerling chips. Wow! I had no idea that a taco could taste so good. I thought about purchasing a second helping it was so good, even if it meant spoiling my dinner. The tacos run at $5-6, but...

...this all changes during happy hour, which tacos receive a $1 discount. If that isn't enough, $3 drafts will surely do. Depending on the day, it could be fairly affordable or a bit expensive. Happy hour is twice a day from Mon-Fri: 2-6pm and 9-11pm.

If I were really hungry, Taco Asylum could get very expensive with me. For now, I'll take it as a great place for a small portion of food (in this case an awesome duck taco) and a pour of beer (and great beer at that) to make the commute back home a little less stressful.

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Taco Asylum in Costa Mesa, CA
3.78 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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