Restaurant Spotlight: Rasta Taco


03.13.08 – 02:21 pm
Vol. 3, Issue 11, March 13-19, 2008
By Christine Muratori

26881 Camino de Estrella, Capistrano Beach, 949.496.TACO (8226),

Most popular dish: Carne asada tacos

Best known for: Taco carts

“One love in every bite” is the motto of the one-year-old taco-cart catering company Rasta Taco, which now has a corner-shop restaurant that opened in December. Combining bits of Caribbean and southern Mexican cuisine, Rasta’s mission is to give guests the cheerful vibe of Jamaica mixed with the tastes of Mexico. “It’s a Caribbean twist on a taqueria,” says co-owner Mike DeSimone. “We’re community driven.” And every dish is reggae infused, in both spices (i.e. “rasta salsa”) and names: the Bob, the signature double-wrapped taco; the Ziggy Medley, a grilled-vegetable taco; and the Lee Scratch, a chorizo and egg breakfast burrito. Don’t miss “the lively it up hour” daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring $1 chicken or carnitas tacos. And for those get-togethers, Rasta stays true to its catering roots and will deliver—rain or shine.

Price range: $1.25–$6.75 (catering differs)

Reservations: Needed for catering

Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard and cash

Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

About our reviews: In each issue we’ll highlight universally critical points including “Most Popular Dish,” “Best Known For” and “Price Range.” But most importantly, we’re inviting you to participate each week and rate the restaurant based on your experiences. Go to and under “Restaurant Guide” rate it from 1 to 5 then share your thoughts on the SC Times forums.


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