Santa Ana's 4 best spots to score cheap tacos

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Navarros Taqueria

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Craving tacos?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable eateries selling such fare in Santa Ana, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list. Read on for a rundown.

1. Taqueria El Zamorano

Topping the list is Taqueria El Zamorano. Located at 925 W. Warner Ave. in Memorial Park, the breakfast and brunch spot is also the most popular affordable taco eatery in Santa Ana, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,254 reviews on Yelp.

We turned to Yelp for an overview of Taqueria El Zamorano.

"Originally, Taqueria El Zamorano opened its doors in 1997 until 2005 under Nicolas and Ernestina Aguilar," according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "After eight years, they've reopened and keep making real authentic Mexican food."

Furthermore, we found this information about the business's signature items: "Here at El Zamorano, we specialize in our carnitas, al pastor and our homemade tortillas," it writes on Yelp in the section about specialties.

2. Baja Fish Tacos

Next up is Baja Fish Tacos, at 3664 S. Bristol St. With four stars out of 1,477 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score seafood and tacos has proved to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.

Yelper John W. noted, "There is no other! I mean no other taco for me! If you have never had the Ensenada fish taco, then you have not lived. Trust! I have lived through a pandemic. I know what I'm talking about. This restaurant has survived a pandemic, and they have done an amazing job maintaining absolute cleanliness and have sanitized the competition."

Yelper Ming H. added, "The fish is always hot and crispy, just the way I like it, and they do not skimp. They are portioned for hungry people! Choose your toppings from the condiments bar of green sauce, red sauce, pico de gallo, spicy pickled onion slices, chopped onions and cilantro. Open the tortilla, apply several of those aforementioned toppings, add guacamole, and the taco is complete."

3. Sal's Tacos A La Mexicana

Sal's Tacos A La Mexicana, at 2431 N. Tustin Ave., Suite D, is another top choice. Yelpers give the low-priced beer bar and fast food spot, which offers tacos and more, 4.5 stars out of 227 reviews.

Yelp can tell you more about Sal's Tacos A La Mexicana.

"Started 30 years ago with a taco truck, from founder Chino in El Monte, California. Now, fast forward [to] Orange County with Sal's Tacos. A seed was grown from Tacos del Chino, and we are not looking back!" the business explains in the bio section of its Yelp profile.

As to what the business is known for, "Street tacos, asada, buche, carnitas, chorizo, pollo, pastor, seso, cabeza, tripa and lengua," it notes on Yelp in the section about specialties.

4. Navarros Taqueria

Last but not least is Navarros Taqueria in Cornerstone Village. It's another much-loved, cheap go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 148 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1535 S. Standard Ave. to see for yourself.

Yelper Laurence W., who reviewed Navarros Taqueria on May 18, wrote, "First of all, kudos for being open during this COVID-19 pandemic. Secondly, and probably the most important aspect of this establishment, is they offer an awesome version of the birria taco."

Yelper Nelda R. noted, "The food is delicious! We placed an order for take-out to celebrate our friend's birthday, and everyone loved everything we ordered. We had the nachos, loaded fries, potato taquitos, carne asada and the birria tacos that everyone is raving about."


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