Descanso Restaurant Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Descanso Restaurant in Costa Mesa, is celebrating five years on Thursday, November 16, and is inviting the community to join in a day of festivities with live music, all-day drink specials, featured menu items, giveaways and more. The first concept of its kind, Descanso’s unique and award-winning Plancha dining experience catapulted the Mexican eatery to the top of Orange County’s dining scene shortly after opening in the fall of 2018. To commemorate the occasion, Descanso Executive Chef Jose Angulo and Mixologist Krys Modawell will introduce new menu items that will be featured throughout the month of November.

“Five years ago we started Descanso with the idea of bringing people together to commune over great food and a memorable experience,” said Rob Arellano, Owner of Descanso, SoCal’s only full-service Mexican restaurant known for preparing authentic cuisine a la minute in front of the guest on a traditional Plancha. “We’re thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our community, and we look forward to our most exciting year yet as we prepare to expand to Los Angeles in 2024.”

Chicken Enchiladas - with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, melted 3 quesos, sour cream, queso fresco, red onion 

Photo courtesy of Descanso Restaurant.

Join Descanso in celebrating five years of authentic Mexican flavors. Enjoy complimentary bites, half-off margaritas, beers, tequila flights and wine bottles. Vibe to live music on Descanso’s spacious patio and savor a rotating collection of special menu items and cocktails which will be featured through November 30. 

Featured Anniversary Menu Items


Quinta Fiesta – Cazadores Blanco, crème de cassis, lime juice, ginger beer, morita chili salt rim, edible flower garnish, lime wheel.

November 12 -18 

Lunch special 

Hamachi En Leche de Tigre – sashimi grade hamachi, leche de tigre, pomegranate

Dinner Special

Braised Lamb Shank – butternut squash mash, black olive juice, gremolata

November 19-25 

Lunch special 

Chicken Enchiladas – with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, melted 3 quesos, sour cream, queso fresco, red onion 

Dinner special

Beef Cheek Agnolotti – slow braised beef cheeks, root vegetables, ancho chili beef reduction, black garlic, chanterelle mushrooms

November 26-30 

Lunch special 

Crispy Lobster Tacos – butter poached fresh Maine lobster, morita aioli, mango relish, red cabbage, crispy blue corn tortilla 

Dinner special  

Seared Sea Bass – pistachio crust, poblano sauce, garlic spinach  

Descanso Restaurant is located at 1555 Adams Ave. Ste. 103, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Hours of operation are Monday from 3–9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Weekly happenings include Weekend Brunch from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3–6 p.m., Taquero Tuesdays in the Plancha Room from 5 p.m. to close, and Wine Wednesday with live music beginning at 6 p.m.For more information and to make a reservation visit or call 714.486.3798.  

Taco Tuesday Triumphs: The Emergence of a Nationwide Trend Post Trademark Removal

By Pamela Waitt

As spicy, tangy salsa drips over the brim of a crispy shell filled with mouthwatering fillings, one can only be grateful for the culinary marvel that is a taco. From food trucks to fine dining, tacos have stolen the hearts of millions across the nation. But one phenomenon has truly cemented tacos in American food culture: Taco Tuesday.

This beloved tradition involves restaurants and eateries offering discounted tacos or special taco-centric menus every Tuesday. It has gained such popularity that an estimated 30 million people across the United States partake in the weekly celebration. However, the celebration of Taco Tuesday has not always been an easy path.

Once hampered by trademark restrictions, the term “Taco Tuesday” was legally tethered to a Wyoming-based franchise, Taco John’s, who held the trademark since 1989. Any restaurant outside of this franchise using the term could potentially face legal action, making it a risky proposition to advertise their own Taco Tuesday promotions.

However, the tides have turned in favor of taco enthusiasts nationwide. Recent developments saw the removal of the restrictive “Taco Tuesday” trademark, opening up a new era of gastronomic opportunity.

The lifting of the trademark has seen an explosion in the number of restaurants embracing the Taco Tuesday tradition. According to recent data, close to 100,000 restaurants in the United States now serve Taco Tuesday promotions. From local diners to multinational chains, establishments of all sizes are jumping on the taco train, eager to offer their own unique spins on the tradition.

As more restaurants adopt the Taco Tuesday tradition, variety and innovation are flourishing. You’ll find fusion tacos, gourmet tacos, and vegetarian tacos now more than ever. The competition between establishments has driven the creation of unique and flavorful offerings, making the tradition even more exciting for consumers.

This surge in participation is not just good for business; it’s also impacting community dynamics. Restaurants are local gathering spots where friends and family convene every week, fostering a sense of community. Meanwhile, consumers are relishing the opportunity to try out different tacos each week, turning a simple dinner choice into an exciting break in the week.

With the trademark hurdle removed, the phenomenon of Taco Tuesday is set to grow exponentially. The tradition has turned into a win-win scenario for both consumers and restaurateurs. For diners, it’s an invitation to eat tacos and enjoy life on Tuesday. For restaurateurs, it’s an opportunity to showcase their culinary skills, attract a steady stream of customers, and partake in a nationwide trend.

The continued growth and success of Taco Tuesday are undeniable. With more restaurants than ever participating and millions of consumers joining in, this tradition promises to keep our Tuesdays exciting for many years to come. As the United States continues to embrace the culture of Taco Tuesday, we can only anticipate even more creativity, camaraderie, and, of course, irresistible tacos in the future. At our goal is simple, to make a have a fun site for taco lovers to find restaurants, tacos, Taco Tuesdays and Happiness.

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