899 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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This is the last of three backed up articles I've had to complete. It may be hard to believe but I haven't been to a Mexican restaurant since I went to this place last Saturday for lunch. I used to go here all the time but, as fate would have it, I hadn't been to it in about three or four years. Fortunately everything seemed the same about it.
Taqueria el Granjenal is one of the most authentic Mexican places around. I hear it is owned by a Korean but one would never guess that. Apparently the owner steps out of the way and lets the Mexicans run the food service aspect of things properly. It has a very homey, relaxed atmosphere and when you order your food and sit down at one of their tables to wait for your order don't be surprised if a local comes and sits down at the same table with you while they await their own order.
I ordered the combination plate with a carne asada taco and a chicken sope and they came loaded with toppings. Every order also comes with chips and escabeche and they have what I want to call a Mexican condiment bar. Not exactly a salsa bar because some of the ingredients are dry. Maybe it's more like a chili pepper bar, but you can put your condiments in little paper boats for eating there or into plastic baggies for taking with you.
I think I have ordered a licuado (milk shake) every time I have been there and this visit was no exception. This time it was a strawberry shake which they sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of. Mmm mmm, good.
They had a big banner outside today advertising a hamburger special but I wonder if anybody ever orders hamburgers from here.
I got to read el clasificados while eating, plus my drink had rabies
The above picture is actually from a cantina in the same
parking lot; I just like paintings like this
Lots of good fruit juices and shakes here
Overall Taqueria el Granjenal earns a four Speedy Gonzales rating:
UPDATE: There's a few more pictures at this flickr album of Julian Bleeckr's.