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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Durango Mexican Grill - Review #1

Date of Visit: September 8, 2006
Durango Mexican Grill
730 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 255-5660

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Entree: Chicken and Lobster Tacos
Drink: Watermelon aguas fresca
Dessert: Flan de Queso

Durango Mexican Grill

Attack of the Taco Mesa Clone

After having a number of recent entries that covered places I've already covered before and hovering around the Irvine/Santa Ana/Newport Beach/Orange area a little too much I was really getting the itch to go to a Mexican restaurant I'd never been to before, preferably one in an Orange County city I haven't yet covered in this blog. I'd heard about Durango Mexican Grill in Brea from SqueezeOC (the print edition originally, if you can believe it) and it sounded like a good bet so I decided to give it a try.

Durango Mexican Grill

When I got there I was surprised to find out how much like Taco Mesa it was. It is so similar to Taco Mesa that I wasn't surprised to then find out that it had actually been a Taco Mesa before. I tried to find out how long it's been Durango Mexican Grill but nobody knew English there well enough to answer my question (a sign of authenticity perhaps?); they kept thinking I was asking what time they opened for business that day. It appears that these new owners just bought the old Brea Taco Mesa, kept the menu the same, and only made slight changes since then.

Durango Mexican Grill


Durango Mexican Grill

One of the things I like about Durango Mexican Grill is that they have self-serve aguas frescas, so I helped myself to plenty of watermelon. They also had horchata and cantaloupe when I was there. One thing different about them and Taco Mesa is that Durango has lobster tacos all the time and features them heavily. I ordered a two taco plate with one blackened chicken taco and one lobster taco. It came with Spanish rice and white beans. My friend James ordered a machaca breakfast burrito (not pictured) full of beef, scrambled eggs, onions, and peppers.

Durango Mexican Grill

They even prepare their baked cream cheese flan in the same manner as Taco Mesa, with sliced strawberries and caramel sauce:

Durango Mexican Grill

I hope it doesn't sound like I'm complaining that Durango is such a Taco Mesa clone. That's actually a good thing. Durango Mexican Grill earns a four Speedy Gonzales rating:

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bitch what ya know bout da durango grill, ho?

Da grill getZ da A plu$.

ChristianZ said...

Okay, I don't use a school grading system but a four Speedy Gonzales rating means it's a good place.