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By Jessie Brunner | April 18, 2007
For Chef Louie Francis Jocson, goodwill is served inside a warm taco shell. Representing Costa Mesa's Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Jocson is one of 19 local chefs competing to concoct the most creative taco for Share Our Selves' 14th annual Wild and Crazy Taco Night on Thursday. This year, Jocson's contribution to the fundraiser will be about 500 surf and turf tacos, featuring herb-crusted filet and marinated shrimp with avocado salsa and spicy tomato relish. "It's a very unusual and unique event where you get to mingle among your friends in the industry and also support an incredible cause," Jocson said, adding that the restaurant donates beer for the event as well as a case to each of the participating chefs.
By Sarah Peters | June 5, 2012
Flame Broiler, Taco Bell, AutoZone and NuVision Federal Credit Union will take up vacancies in a new retail hub on Harbor Boulevard, the developer confirmed this week. The businesses will stand alongside the recently opened Sonic, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and Chick-fil-A on a 10-acre area near the 405 (San Diego) Freeway offramp, between Gisler Avenue and Nutmeg Place. Renovations are also being completed to an existing McDonald's, liquor store and laundromat also on site.
By Steve Virgen | August 1, 2012
Jose Alonso had mixed emotions Tuesday night. The El Torito Grill head chef was happy to still have a job, but sad to see that a big part of his life was shutting down, as it was the Newport Beach location's last day of operation after 26 years at the location. Alonso started working at the El Torito at Fashion Island 23 years ago, when he cleaned the restaurant. Two weeks after he was hired, he said he was promoted to prepare for the cooks. After three years of prep, he moved to a spot on the line, where he worked for another three years until he became the second chef.
By Candice Baker | April 28, 2009
Newport Beach’s best and brightest high school seniors learned tips for their future lives and careers Tuesday from a man who taught the world to “Think Outside the Bun.” Greg Creed, president of Taco Bell Corporation, was the guest speaker at the annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast, which honors 30 of the most outstanding students from Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor high schools. Creed told the students that when hiring, he looks for people who are “smart with heart.
By Lauren Williams, | August 11, 2011
Costa Mesa police said they arrested the final suspect, a minor, in an attempted carjacking by gang members that sent a Newport Beach man to the hospital. In all, six minors ranging in age from 14 to 17 and Juan Carlos Juarez, 18, of Orange, were arrested on suspicion of pulling the victim from his car and beating him before attempting to steal the car, police said in a news release Wednesday night. On Aug. 2, the man was eating at the Del Taco at 1720 Superior Ave., when the group of suspected Varrio El Modena gang members from Orange approached him, flashed gang signs, a handgun and threatened to kill him, according to police.
By Daniel Tedford | July 4, 2008
The story of how Daniel Biello and Randy Wyner came together to create Chronic Tacos isn’t the type one might use to inspire children to be future entrepreneurs. Biello and Wyner, some six years ago, decided to create the taco shop after a long night out in Newport Beach left them hungry. After leaving a bar, Biello pointed out a small shop in the center at Superior Avenue and West Coast Highway. The story differs from there between the high school friends, but the conclusion was the same – a taco shop would be perfect.
By Emily Foxhall | May 3, 2014
ENSENADA, MEXICO - Before lunch began, Commodore Chuck Iverson sat in the back corner of a restaurant, reviewing the guest list. It seemed a generic Newport Beach scene: place settings arranged on white tablecloths. Ocean view. Members of the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn., or NOSA, bedecked in navy blazers and khaki pants, mingling with the mayor. Still, the group hadn't valet parked their cars outside. They'd arrived by van. And they were greeted with glasses of wine, not from California, but vineyards in Mexico.
By Brianna Bailey | July 29, 2009
Nothing goes with the carne asada at Chronic Tacos on West Coast Highway like an ice-cold beer. But it doesn’t go down so well when it comes with a side order of outraged citizenry. Concerned with what they believe is a glut of bars in West Newport, a group of residents has blocked Chronic Tacos’ plans to expand its small take-out taco operation at 4525 W. Coast Hwy. to serve beer and include a sit-down dining area with 15 flat-screen TVs. “Chronic Tacos wants to paint it like, ‘Hey, we want to be this friendly neighborhood restaurant, but they want to serve pitchers of beer and have flat-screen TVs — people don’t just go to those establishments to get a taco and leave.
By Brianna Bailey | February 20, 2009
Over the course of 20 years, Wahoo’s Fish Taco has grown from a little taco place in Costa Mesa owned by three Chinese brothers from Brazil who loved to surf to a chain with more than 50 locations in four states. “I didn’t think it would go beyond one store,” Mingo Lee said, one of the co-founders of the surfing-themed fish taco chain. “We didn’t have any idea other than flipping tacos and occasionally surfing — we don’t surf as much these days.
April 7, 2003
Taco Mesa is small business of the year Orange Coast College leaders have honored Costa Mesa restaurant Taco Mesa as the small business of the year for 2002. Taco Mesa was honored at a Wednesday small-business expo, the fourth of its kind. "We're the lucky ones to receive this award," said Ivan Calderon, who founded the restaurant with his brother Marco. "Part of what made them pick Taco Mesa has to do with our mission to be at the leading edge of hospitality for Mexican food."
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