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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ostioneria Bahia

Ostioneria Bahia Mexican Seafood
144 S Tustin St
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 997-2010

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Menudo

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Menudo Sign at El Buen Sabor

I don't eat menudo all that much and will freely admit that I like pozole better (what a revelation) but people want to know where menudo can be found within the confines of Orange County's borders. So I present to you the information I have now. I will add more info as I get it and if anyone has any I don't have please leave a comment. I don't remember the prices for every location but usually it runs from $4 - 7. Also, most places only have menudo on Saturday and Sunday (unless otherwise noted here).

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Menudo at Bahia in Orange

Taqueria Mini Mex

Gammy's Cafe - comes with cow foot; small bowl $5; large bowl $7; sabado y domingo

Taqueria el Granjenal; small bowl $4.79; large bowl $6.69

Rollie's

Las Brisas de Apatzingan

Las Fajitas (yes, menudo can be found in Irvine)

Taqueria Don Victor

Carnitas los Reyes

El Farolito's Menudo
El Farolito's Menudo

El Farolito & El Farolito Jr. $5 bowl

Sombrero's

George's Mexican Food

Trejo's $7.99; sabado y domingo

Pedro's Tacos SJC

El Portal de Veracruz

Tacos Jerez

El Rincon Chilango Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Taco Grill (Westminster)

Los Primos

Tacos y Tacos (also known as Tacolandia) (menudo and pozole served every day here)

Taqueria Tapatia

Alebrije's #2

Sarinana's Market

Taqueria Zamora Every Day

El Taco Vaquero

Costa Marinera

Tacos El Rancho

Gloria's Mexican Food

El Toro Bravo sabado y domingo

Jugos Acapulco

Linda's Mexican Restaurant

Jerry's Grille sabado y domingo

Tacos Tijuana sabado y domingo

Northgate Gonzales Market

Rubalcava's in Placentia (Saturday and Sunday, I think)

Super Turtle Tortas (Saturday and Sunday)

La Choza (Saturday and Sunday)

Ricardo's Place in San Juan Capistrano

Belinda's in Buena Park (Saturday and Sunday)

Lindo Michoacan #2 in Anaheim (7 days a week)

Carlitos's Diner in Huntington Beach (menudo and pozole served every day)

Taqueria la Vida in Santa Ana

Don Jacinto Pollo Grill in Santa Ana (every day)

Hank's Mexican Food (Saturday and Sunday)

Taco Maria has menudo on occasion

Dos Toros (downtown Huntington Beach) also has menudo from time to time

La Perla Tapatia (La Habra)

Little Caboose Taco Shop

Ricardo's Place in San Juan Capistrano (I think every day)

Gloria's Mexican Kitchen in Costa Mesa (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

La Rana in Aliso Viejo (I think every day)

Taco Boy in Anaheim (Saturday and Sunday)

Señor Taco in Cypress (Saturday and Sunday)

Carlos Mexican Restaurant in Dana Point (every day)

Brito's Taqueria in Anaheim and Santa Ana

Who Song & Larry's in Anaheim/Orange (Saturday and Sunday)

Mariscos Puerto Marquez in Fountain Valley (Saturday and Sunday)

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Esther's Taco House - Review #1


Esther's Taco House
2001 E Orangethorpe Ave
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 996-2397

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Is anyone interested in a restaurant review at this restaurant review blog? My records show me that it's been over two months since I've posted my own review of a restaurant I haven't been to before. I actually do get out and try new places still but I've also had a lot of other things to post in the last couple months. This review is actually dedicated to the the professional blog commenter known as "Diamond Dog" who demands a lot from the blogs he reads and keeps all us bloggers on our toes, never allowing us to rest on our laurels and sink into apathy.

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One of the things Diamond Dog likes to know about is where to find fresh-fried hard-shelled crispy tacos. It just so happens that faithful blog reader Eric H. invited me to meet his family at the Esther's Taco House in Yorba Linda specifically to try their hard-shelled tacos. My friends who live nearby and who have been mentioned here before, James & Lori & Thomas, also came along for the meal. It turns out I was the only one there who hadn't eaten at Esther's before.

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Before we get to the tacos I'll point out that the albondigas soup was very flavorful, rich, sinus-clearing, and corn-y . . . in a good way.

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The chips were a bit on the greasy side but as not much so as the really greasy chips they have at the Jalapeño's in Irvine with the salsa definitely on the chunky side.

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That's my carnitas enchilada with rice and beans above. The food here is very standard, neighborhood-joint-type Mexican food, but, hey, they snazzed things up a little with a pepper on the rice and a tortilla chip in the beans.

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That must be Lori's machaca. She always orders machaca. I learned recently that "machaca" originally meant "air-dried beef" but it has come to be known as "shredded beef with scrambled eggs."

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And seen above is the taco I ordered a la carte, with its shell freshly fried, stuffed with oddly non-crumbly ground beef (how do they make it like that?), a truckload of fresh lettuce, a couple tomato slices, and mounds of grated cheese.

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Nothing is too surprising at Esther's. Most of what they have on their menu is like what can be found elsewhere. If you are in the area it makes a good place to stop by for a bite. It does have Mexican family roots going back to at least 1957 so that's a good thing.

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Eric's family gave Esther's a three and a half Speedy Gonzales rating out of five which is also the rating I had in mind:

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Secret Menu Items

We have a new restaurant review coming tomorrow but just wanted to quickly mention that I just found a story linked to from the front page of Yahoo! about secret menu items at fast food restaurants. Two Mexican chains mentioned that have some prominence in Orange County are Taco Bell and Chipotle. Read on to find out what they have. You can also read our own entry here about secret items available at Del Taco. (On a non-Mexican food note it also mentions the Gummi Bear smoothies that I did get one of at my local Jamba Juice this morning.)