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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Royal Hawaiian - Laguna Beach ~ Tiki Taco Tuesday


Royal Hawaiian Laguna Beach
331 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, California 92651
(949) 494-8001
http://www.royalhawaiianlaguna.net

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the amazing Tiki Taco Tuesday at The Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach. On Tuesday evenings, The Royal Hawaiian will be offering $2 Kalua Pork or Fried Baja Style Fish Tacos in their bar area. If their taco Tuesday remains as popular as it was last night, the deal will be available in the dining room as well. Drink specials will also be available.

To purchase a taco during Taco Tuesday you purchase tickets at the bar that are redeemable at the taco station. You then stand in line at the taco station where the chef is furiously preparing the tacos from chafing dishes and various containers of toppings. The wait for the tacos was a little long, but this was likely due to the fact that this was their first Taco Tuesday and the house was packed for the launch event. The Kalua Pork taco is prepared with smoked, shredded Kalua pork, cheese, lettuce, salsa, tomato and sour cream. The fish taco is prepared with a fried piece of fish, cabbage, salsa and sour cream.




The tacos were actually a tad on the bland side for me at first, but I tend to like things really salty. I added a dash of salt and then they were delicious! V thought they were really good exactly the way they were served. The pork was nice, smoky, tender and moist. The fish was perfectly crunchy and tender and had a very delicate flavor. V usually really dislikes fish tacos with fried fish, but thought that these tacos were absolutely fantastic. At $2 a piece, these tacos are an amazing deal!

I believe that the Royal Hawaiian Taco Tuesday is a real contender for best Taco Tuesday in Orange County. The tacos are cheap enough and the location along the beach gives this restaurant a really kick-back vibe. I can't wait to return on another Tuesday evening to pig out on some delicious $2 tacos and then wander along the beach as I head back to my car. Thanks to Jennnifer Morris of Ajenda PR for inviting me down to the launch event.