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Excellent Authentic Mexican in LAGUNA!

Hi all...was on the LA board long ago, moved to NYC, and now I'm back in OC visiting... but I just had to tell everyone about my favorite little Mexican joint in Laguna Hills named "La Rana". Its the best, most authentic restaurant in the entire area. The best tacos el pastor, pozole, fish tacos, chiliquiles, and more...
Friendly staff too. Don't go expecting ambiance. Just really good, fresh, Mexican food.

27001 Moulton Pkwy (Oso Pkwy)
Laguna Hills, CA 92656
949.643.2899

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  1. Wow, you had me excited for a sec. Laguna Hills is very different from Laguna Beach and about 9 miles away. But if it as good as you say then a trip down the toll road is worth it.

    1. haha its not that far! This is no taco loco or wahoos....;)

      1. LAGUNA... great... oh hills? Not so great. Anyways will try it out in spite of the fact you dissed Taco Loco.

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        1. re: 1000steps

          haha you guys make it seem like laguna beach and hills are sooooo far. if you like authentic mexican then there's really NO WHERE in laguna beach (that i know of) that has it....

          taco loco is good and all. it is what it is...

          1. re: junglekitte

            I was recently pleasantly surprised with the chorizo breakfast burrito at Adolfo's in Laguna Beach. Very tasty and authentic.

        2. The place you want to go to for authentic Mexican food is Taqueria Y Tortelleria El Campion—31921 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. English is spoken as a second language. They have all kinds of freshly prepared meats (pastor, carnitas, buche, lengua, etc. They make wonderful tacos and full plates. They have horchada and liquidos such as papaya and mango. Not much atmosphere, not really a restaurant although there is a counter and a few tables. Just good, real, authentic Mexican food. They also have a retail store, carneceria, tortillas and all kinds of Mexcian canned goods. Be prepared to be stuffed after eating lunch there.

          1. None of which withing walking distance of Laguna Beach ;-( Oh well, there's always La Sirena, Taco Loco & Javier's for 'Laguna-style' Mexican...