We checked out our first Wild & Crazy Taco Night last year. A fundraiser to benefit Share Our Selves, it was one of the most well-organized events we attended in recent memory. Whether you’re a repeat diner or it’s your first time there, the taco lineup is worth studying. We reached out to a few of our favorite spots to inquire about what they planned to serve. Try not to drool too much.
Island Hotel (pictured above) – Chef David Man
Nashville hot chicken taco on Anson Mills blue corn grits pancake, dill pickle slaw and sweet and sour honey.
TAPS Fish House & Brewery Irvine – Chef Andrew Monterrosa
Smoked clam taco (al pastor style), applewood smoked clams, pineapple chili limon and bacon foam on homemade tortilla.
Taco Asylum – Chef Sean Masucci
Lamb breast taco with bacon fig jam, pistachio butter, mache and mint salad, pistachio crumble.
Five Crowns (pictured) – Chef Steve Kling
Turkey confit taco with tomatillo and epazote chimichurri.
Melissa’s Produce – Chef Marco Zapien
Baby Dutch yellow potato and roasted hatch chile tacos. Topped with grilled nopales, pico de gallo and queso ranchero.
The Catch – Chef Cory Rapp
Pulled rabbit taco (garlic-guajillo marinade), carrot tortillas, corn esquites, beet green salsa, chopped cilantro.
For more information on Share Our Selves and Wild & Crazy Taco night, please visit their website.
A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.