Vol. 3, Issue 14, April 2-8, 2010
26881 Camino De Estrella, Capistrano Beach, 949.496.5300, www.islandstyletacos.com
Best Known For: Home made chips and an eclectic music collection
Most Popular Item: Carne asada tacos and blackened mahi tacos
It will be two years this July 4th since co-owners Mike Desimone and Mike Carrillo started their taco shop on the corner of Camino de Estrella and Calle Verano and the local buzz continues to grow through positive word-of-mouth. Their menu includes an a la carte selection of freshly made tacos and burritos with a variety of fillings including grilled meats, carnitas, fresh fish and vegetarian items. Their chips are a big hit—made fresh and seasoned with a secret soy and lime-based seasoning spray of their own invention. Try the blackened mahi taco—stuffed full with spicy mahi, crisp cabbage, cheese, chipotle sour cream, guacamole, cilantro and onions. Go for the food and hang out for the music. An impressive and eclectic collection of classic vinyl and 8-tracks—from rock to reggae to disco—is always playing on the retro sound system adding to the cool and casual atmosphere. Though small on size the shop offers both indoor and outdoor seating.
Price Range: $1.99 – $6.49
Payment: Cash or credit cards
Reservations: Not necessary
Hours: Mon-Sat, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.