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Monday, August 06, 2007

Lazy Dog Cafe

The Lazy Dog Cafe
16310 Beach Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 848-4300

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Lazy Dog Cafe - Exterior

Here's my first review in a long time of a place that is not a Mexican restaurant but still has some Mexican items on their menu. The Lazy Dog Cafe is a new chain serving American comfort food in a rustic yet contemporary setting. It has a handful of locations in Orange County with more on the way. The location I have visited twice now is in Westminster, but it's a chunk of Westminster that used to be part of Huntington Beach.

On my first visit I tried the Tex-Mex Salad, made up of, "Romaine lettuce, chicken breast, avocado, corn, tomato, cornbread croutons, BBQ sauce, ranch, cheddar and jack cheese served on a black bean tostada." I ordered the small size and it still filled me up. All the ingredients were very fresh. Perfect lunch for a summer afternoon.

Lazy Dog Cafe - Tex-Mex Salad

On my second visit I tried the "Inside-Out" Quesadilla, which is basically a regular quesadilla that not only has cheese inside but outside as well. The cheese on the outside is fried to a crisp (I have heard that this cooks all the fat away) while the cheese inside is the typical melted, gooey, stick-to-your-ribs phenomenon. Served with guacamole, sour cream, and fresh salsa and you can add chicken or beef for $2.75 or blackened shrimp for $3.95.

Lazy Dog Cafe - Inside-Out Quesadilla

Service was excellent during each visit and I had the Pomegranate Punch each time. I think The Lazy Dog Cafe is going to get a lot of repeat business based on their hospitality alone and double that based on the quality of their food. As I go back and try the couple other Mexican-based menu items I'll add the photos to this entry.


Anonymous said...

Did you know that Lazy Dog Cafe was created by the same family that started Mimi's? They sold their Mimi's chain a few years ago, and
the son started up Lazy Dog.

ChristianZ said...

O yeah, I think I had read that before.

Chubbypanda said...

They're not bad. You should start seeing them crop up everywhere soon, like Claim Jumpers.

ChristianZ said...

Hmm, yeah, they're like a slightly cheaper Claim Jumper.