Every Monday, Gastronaut spotlights our favorite meatless menus around town.

If you haven't tried Fusion Taco yet, the daily lunch special at the downtown destination is a great time to start. For just under $11, you get two tacos, a side, and a drink. And let me warn you in advance: those sides are huge, and if you order correctly, so are the tacos.

Fusion Taco
801 Congress
714-422-2882
fusiontaco.com

As the name would imply, the tacos at Fusion Taco aren't your run-of-the-mill barbacoa tacos with cilantro and onion. Here, the menu ranges from Chinese barbecue pork with roasted corn salsa to grilled chicken satay in a Thai peanut sauce. But my favorite tacos happen to be Fusion Taco's two vegetarian offerings: a Japanese-influenced agedashi tofu topped with crunchy cabbage in a peanut dressing and an Indian-informed masalad tofu "taco" that's actually wrapped in a thick, fluffy piece of naan bread.

It's this latter taco that's enormous, and nearly a meal unto itself. (And if you aren't the vegetarian type, it also comes in a chicken tikka masala variety.) Squares of tofu are fried until crispy and coated in a silky, slightly tart tomato-curry sauce, which is soaked up beautifully by all that naan. If you still have room for your side dish after that and your second taco, I recommend getting Fusion Taco's chips and queso. As noted in our recent Tex-Mex issue, Fusion Taco fries its chips fresh and the creamy queso gets its velvety texture from an industry favorite: Golden Velvet, plus cream and red salsa made in house.

And here's one more tip if you go for that lunch special: go with a friend and have them grab a table while you wait in line. The joint gets super crowded during weekday lunches, and after tasting their tacos you'll understand why.

 

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