14715 Jeffrey Rd
Irvine, CA 92618
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Went to lunch at El Conejo the other day using a coupon that shows up in the Thursday edition of the Irvine World News. The most recent coupon is for a torta with your choice of meat for $3.79. El Conejo has another location in Santa Ana and a third location in Lake Forest called El Conejito. There may even be a newer location in Laguna Hills now but I have yet to confirm that. This Irvine location is in one of the area's oldest shopping centers (south-west corner of Jeffrey and Walnut) and the parking lot was obviously designed before everyone bought SUV's. If you go during the lunch rush prepare for some serious congestion and tight squeezes and people rolling down their windows to yell at each other. The inside seems much like the outside: old and cramped. I presented my coupon and asked for a torta with al pastor pork as my choice of meat then had a conversation that went something like this:
Me: And I'll have some bunuelos.
Employee #1: We don't have bunuelos.
Me: You mean you're out of them today?
Employee #1: Yes. But we have cherry burritos and flan.
Me: Okay, I'll try the flan.
Employee #1: We also have apple burritos.
Me: Well, I'll get the flan.
Employee #1 to Employee #2: Can you get him a flan?
Employee #2: We don't have flan. We have bunuelos.
Employee #1 to Me: We don't have flan. We have bunuelos.
Me: Okay, I'll have the bunuelos.
So, there you go. I got the dessert I originally asked for. I've never reviewed bunuelos for this blog yet but they are simply flour tortilla strips fried up then sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Simple yet delicious. Of course I had to eat my torta first. Filled with marinated al pastor pork, guacamole, onions, and cilantro this Mexican sandwich filled me up and left just enough room in my innards for half my dessert. It didn't even matter that they forgot to give me my free chips and salsa.
Don't throw the coupons away
The food is decent, they get a half Speedy Gonzales for having Orange Bang! to drink but then lose half again for being a tad on the dumpy side. Not awfully so but they could use a little renovation. Overall, El Conejo earns a three Speedy Gonzales rating: