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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Bobby D's - Review #1

Bobby D's Great Mexican Food
2139 N Tustin Street #1
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 921-1300

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Bobby D's is closed for remodeling until sometime in March 2010.

Bobby D's - Exterior

When friends first recommended Bobby D's to me, I was a little suspect. The name had me thinking it was going to be a bland and safe "gringo" Mexican food place. Well, I'm happy to report that my first impression was wrong. Maybe that's why "Mexican food" is more prominently displayed than the name of the restaurant. That, and being hidden in the corner of the Target shopping center in Orange can make Bobby D's a little tough to find. But it hasn't prevented a lot of regulars from finding the place. A half dozen of us recently gathered for lunch mid-week, and there was a steady lunch crowd the whole time we were there.

The two white board menus are jammed with combo plates, lunch specials, a la carte items, salads and soup. Combos run in the $7-8 range. For drinks you can get beer, sodas, horchata and orange drink.

Bobby D's - Menu Board

Kay and Cary shared an order of taquitos served with guacamole. Kay declared them the best taquitos she's ever had. She also enjoyed her a la carte chile relleno. I went with the cheese enchilada and chile relleno combo plate. The relleno is a straightforward traditional style, so the chile is not the spicier poblano. Given that, it was flavorful and well made. I found the cheese enchilada to be just average. They strike me as something any competent home cook could make with off the shelf ingredients - not bad, but not memorable. What I'd like is a little deeper flavored red chile sauce.

Bobby D's - Taquitos
Taquitos and Guacamole

Bobby D's - Chile Relleno and Soft Taco
Chile Relleno and Soft Taco

Bobby D's - Chile Relleno and Cheese Enchilada Combo
Chile Relleno and Cheese Enchilada Combo

Bobby D's - Chile Relleno and Cheese Enchilada
Chile Relleno and Cheese Enchilada a la carte

Bobby D's - Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Enchiladas

Dave ordered the two chicken enchilada combo plate, but I forgot to ask his opinion. But I'm guessing he liked it given that he cleaned his plate.

Bobby D's - Carnitas Burrito
Carnitas Burrito

Linda, one of the people who turned me on to Bobby D's always gets the carnitas burrito served wet. Linda likes the carnitas at Bobby D's better than any other place because the meat is juicy, flavorful but has no fat or gristle. I've had this burrito too and must admit it is very flavorful for lean shredded pork. So if it bothers you to run into a hunk of fat or something too chewy in your burrito, you will probably like they way they prepare the meats here.

To start with we all had chips and salsa. They have big crispy chips and a salsa bar with a number of options from mild to hot. The hot salsa also was loaded with lots of fresh garlic!

The food is pretty classic old school Mexican food, but it is served up fresh and tasty. I give it 3 and 3/4 Speedys.

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