San Diego’s staple taqueria, The Taco Stand, has expanded to Orange County. Known for slinging authentic, Tijuana-style tacos, the Orange County location will be featuring the same popular menu items featured at its other locations.
Co-Owners Julian Hakim and Aram Baloyan are both originally from Tijuana, the two restaurateurs grew up eating at a dozen local taco stands on a weekly basis, enjoying fresh grilled carne asada with spicy salsas on homemade tortillas. Hakim says, “In Tijuana, tacos were always the go-to option when someone wanted a quick, but well-made meal.” After moving to San Diego, they quickly realized that finding the type of tacos they grew up enjoying was a challenge, which inspired the opening of their first San Diego location in 2013.
Hakim and Baloyan have maintained the same street taco stand vibe at all locations, now bringing those taco creations to Orange County foodies. Popular menu items include their specialty - Al Pastor (in a taco or burrito), made with rotisserie-marinated pork, cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce and pineapple; as well as their Nopal Taco, a vegetarian option crafted from flame-grilled cactus, melted cheese, cilantro sauce, tomato and avocado, both of which are served on made-to-order corn tortillas. Complete with a salsa bar brimming with daily-made salsas, each location continues to draw lines out the door at all hours of the day.
The Taco Stand Orange County
240 W. Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92866.
Open Sun – Thurs from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri – Sat from 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.