Tucked into a corner of The OC Mix at SoCo, Taco Maria looks at first glance like a taqueria. Stools line the counter overlooking a miniature kitchen heady with the scent of arrachera. The dining room holds a few small tables. The remaining seats are crowded onto an unprotected patio. And of course, there’s the name. Despite what you might have heard, Taco Maria is not exactly the brick-and-mortar equivalent of the famed taco truck that boasted the same name and owner.
There is no sign out front announcing the hotel. Just a discreet street number, 64, marks the address. Once visitors pass through the front gate, the grandeur of the two-story home becomes more clear. The palazzo wraps around an interior courtyard and opens onto an adjacent garden, which is manicured in that lush, shaggy-chic style typically associated with Italy’s finest rural villas.