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What's Cookin' Behind the Curtain - Going Loco for Calamari

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LAist has been giving a lot of love recently to the many fine eating establishments that exist all over the basin. No matter what type of cuisine you like, there’s a long list of restaurants that can meet the grade.

However, there’s also been a noticeable lack of Orange County representation in these reviews. True, 95% of the non-five-star restaurants in OC are chains not worthy of being reviewed, unless you want to debate whether the chicken marsala is better at Cheesecake Factory or Macaroni Grill. But contrary to popular opinion, there are some great eats down behind the orange curtain if you know where to look.

So, in an effort to help inform the eager LA foodie, and to throw a bone to our loyal suburban readers, LAist will be running a weekly feature on the best local eateries in OC that are worth a visit.

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This week's installment takes us down to the beautiful shores of Laguna Beach. Let’s face it, is there a better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than popping down to the beach and catching some rays? Each of our local beaches has something to offer, whether it be the pier at Santa Monica, the “entertainment” at Venice, or the surf at San Clemente. At Laguna, it’s the art galleries. And Taco Loco.

Taco Loco is a glorified taco stand about a half mile south of main beach on PCH. From the outside, it looks like any other beach shack, with no inside seating and a handful of little tables on the patio. The staff all wears tie-dye shirts and sport some nappy dreds. But the food is far from ordinary beach fare.

As Carrie pointed out yesterday, LAist has an unhealthy obsession with tacos. But when you have access to so many fantastic taco joints, why wouldn’t you love tacos? As far as Taco Loco is concerned, it’s all about the kick-ass blackened calamari tacos.