Carlos Salgado

Carlos Salgado

Los Angeles

About Carlos Salgado

Prior to opening Taco María, Carlos Salgado spent a decade in San Francisco and Oakland, learning in many of the Bay Area's best kitchens, including Vernon Morales' Winterland, Daniel Patterson's Coi, and James Syhabout's Commis. He was named a Food and Wine Best New Chef in 2015, as well as Chef of the Year in the Orange County Register. In 2016, he was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: West.


  • Best Chef: West Nominee, 2018
    James Beard Foundation

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Arrachera Tacos
$, Outdoor Seating, Mexican, Reservations, Modern, Food Truck,
"I like a great taco. I do. I've just never been "bowled over" by many of them. Chef Carlos Salgado did just that! The ARRACHERA tacos with hanger steak, roasted chiles, queso Oaxaca and applewood bacon WILL bowl you over. (You can mix/match tacos too!)."