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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dave's - Review #1

Dave's Mexican Restaurant
1701 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 492-7867

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Here's our first guest review by Jack from Fontana, who, even though he currently lives in Fontana, still knows quite a bit about Mexican food in Orange County.

There is no other place like Dave's, and that goes for the building, the atmosphere and the food. They put their own delicious spin on Mexican food.

This tiny, hole in the wall surfing-in-Mexico themed restaurant is tucked alongside N. El Camino Real (PCH) in San Clemente. Parking is limited and tight, but then again, so is the seating inside or on the patio.

I've known the owner, Danny, since 7th grade, and he was smart enough to not change the food they serve when he took the place over from the lady preceding him (who just happened to be his mom).

Everything they serve is excellent, but my favorites are the stuffed meat quesadillas, cheese enchiladas, chiles rellenos, and the black bean and chips appetizer. The tacos are also something to experience. They're so totally different from what you're used to. You have to try them to believe them.

I could drink the enchilada sauce like beer if I was so inclined.... it's that good. Like everything else, not what you're used to. It's redolent of a mysterious spice melange and piquant with garlic.

Moderate prices. Beer and wine served.

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