TRADE Food Hall—Orange County’s premiere marketplace of visionary restaurateurs and retailers—has announced the addition of Mexicana concept, Tavo’s Cocina, to the venue’s unique lineup. The all-new restaurant from SoCal-based Chef Gustavo Aranda is focused on celebrating the art of Mexicana cooking by examining traditional cuisine with a fresh lens. Conceptualized with the ambiance of TRADE’s indoor/outdoor communal space in mind, Tavo’s Cocina aims to make every diner feel welcome, while sharing new, vibrant flavors along the way.
Signature dishes include Tavo’s Asada—served on a homemade tortilla, topped with pickled cactus, queso fresco, and spicy red salsa—and decadent La Govenador Tacos with shrimp, chipotle sauce, melted cheese, and fresh pico. In addition to the cultural classics familiar to SoCal diners, Tavo’s offers vegan, vegetarian, and keto-friendly options, including lettuce-wrapped burritos and a keto Al Pastor Taco. To deliver a sip of freshness and to be enjoyed alongside the savory plates, Mexicana beverages include freshly-made Agua Frescas with flavors like Jamaica, Tamarindo, Watermelon Fresca, and Cucumber Limonada.
“We are incredibly excited to join the acclaimed concepts at TRADE by bringing fresh, Mexicana cuisine, with a focus on vibrant flavors, that guests may not have experienced before,” said Chef Gustavo. “Every single one of our dishes are crafted with love, the secret ingredient, which ensures that every bite is an explosion of warmth and innovation. We’re thrilled to be able to share joy through food with our guests—straight from our cocina to your table.”
“Tavo’s Cocina is a wonderful addition to our slate of well-conceptualized eateries here at TRADE and we are thrilled to now offer Tavo’s vibrant & worldly Mexicana cuisine, which was previously not represented at our food hall,” said property manager Kana Lee.