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Monday, October 20, 2008

Hacienda Flores - Review #1

Hacienda Flores
146 S Main St Ste Q
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 978-1490

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I used to live pretty close to Hacienda Flores years ago. They had just opened up then. I couldn't remember anything about their food but I realized they'd been there for awhile. So Thea and I popped in for lunch to check them out. They do a good lunchtime business and most of the tables were full when we arrived. You can see from the photo of the store front that they have a number of combos specially priced for lunch at $5.25. They also had a few specials. I decided to try one special - the chile relleno burrito. Thea stuck with her usual cheese enchilada. Hers was one of the $5.25 lunch combos that comes with rice and beans. All items come served with chips. They have a small fresh salsa bar with about half a dozen choices for use with the chips or to spice up your meal. The health conscious will be glad to hear they proudly claim to only use canola oil.

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And for a chilehead like me the meals do need spicing up. The food is generally pretty mild. So if you worry about Mexican being too spicy this is a good place for you. But I don't want to imply that the food is flavorless. Far from it. I enjoyed the flavors of my burrito and Thea enjoyed her enchilada despite a sauce she found lacking in deep chile flavor. But the salsas help bring up the heat on any dish you want to be fiery. I found the fresh green chile salsa to have a nice zip.

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One of the usual side players really stood out for us. We both really liked their refried beans. Even using canola oil these had a lot of flavor and we strongly seasoned with black pepper.

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Hacienda Flores is family run and the dining room has a nice comfy feel to it. The family clearly cares about the business and they have developed a clientele that appreciates it. Service is speedy and friendly. We give them 3 and 1/2 Speedys.

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2 comments:

DanGarion said...

I'm a big fan of Hacienda Flores, I used to work down the street from there, and currently live close to there. I love their salsa, it's different then most places, lots of pepper used in it, but tons of flavor.

My usual order is a couple carne asada tacos.

The husband and wife that run the place are really nice!

Judy "the foodie" said...

This looks delicious.