Viva La Mexican Food
A lot of folks vision of Mexican food across the nation has been unfortunately defined by Taco Bell and El Torito. Mimeographs of a region’s rich and delicious cusine end up getting shifted into something more palatable for people who don’t know any better. That’s why I’m here – I’m going to force some of my personal favorites on you in the hopes that you try them out.
They sure love their mole here but there’s nothing wrong with that. Everything here is lovingly crafted with ingredients flown in from the Oaxaca region of mexico. If you’ve never had Oaxacan food, this place is a wonderful way to get your feet wet. The people behind the counter are always more than happy to suggest dishes to first timers. Horchata fans should try the Oaxacan take on the beverage which includes nuts and melon slices.
700 E. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton [Also in Stanton]
Taqueria De Anda
This place has always been a favorite when I’ve been drinking heavily at Heroes or The Continental. For some reason a burrito al pastor [BBQ Pork] always seems to pile on top of the booze in just the right way. I always seem to be the only white guy in a resturant that’s normally a sea of vaqueros, but the guys behind the counter always treat me with respect.
308 W. Valencia Dr., Fullerton [Also in Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Placentia]
Every time I’ve eaten here the food has been absolutley astounding. I always like to try new things, but when I eat here I often find myself coming back to their Blackened Chicken Burrito. The staff is instructed to “cook as if you were making dinner for your family” and the personal flair from each cook shines thru in their dishes.
730 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea [Also in Orange, Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch]
They’re all over Southern California and Colorado, but Wahoo’s got their start in Costa Mesa. I spent quite a few of my summers when I was younger at Huntington Beach and I ate at the one off Main St. more times than I can remember. A Combo #2 [Two Blackened Fish Tacos and Spicy Cajun White Beans] and a Dr. Pepper has kept me going for more years than I care to remember.
If you want to find one, swing a dead cat
I know I came off all anti-cookie cutter at the top of this post, but I loves me some Mexi Casa something fierce. Most of the meals are prepared en masse and dumped into huge steamer trays. When you place your order your server walks back into the kitchen and comes out two to five minutes later with your meal. Besides the speed, there’s something about having a sit down meal for under $5 a person that appeals to my cheap side. I can actually eat for less here than I do at a Taco Bell – and I don’t get mud butt afterwards.
1778 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim
Now that I’ve doled out my favorites, I’m interested to see what all of yours are. So lay `em on me.