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So Orange County - Butcher and Latin Market Search

I am looking for a good butcher and latin market to buy a pork shoulder for pernil and ingredients (like pigeon peas) for latin dinner -- Any recommendations in South Orange County? Thanks!

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  1. I'm at a loss for South County recommendations, but let me know if you want some central/north Orange County recs.

    I think San Clemente and SJC would be the placed to look, though, old-style amenities are usually found in the older communities, and both have a significant Hispanic population.


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    1. re: georgempavlov

      Thanks for your recommendations ---I'd really appreicate any recs for Central and North too - Thanks! d

      1. re: georgempavlov

        I'd be grateful for any recommendations for quality butcher shops in North or Central Orange County. I'm in Fullerton, and I've just started my search. I'm really looking for a place that sells naturally farm raised meat (chicken, pork, and beef). If it's organic, too, that's great, but not essential. Any ideas?

      2. You should probably give up on finding a great South County Mexican/Spanish market. The demographics just don't support it.

        Outside of Santa Ana, I would suggest El Metate in Costa Mesa on 19th Street. Gigante just opened a huge store in Orange on Chapman and Hewes.

        There is also a terrific meat market in Orange on Tustin and Collins, but I forgot the name. I get Carne Asada there all of the time.

        All of these places I mentioned are also very clean and sanitary compared to others I have been.

        1. cdmedici --

          Ohhh - I was afraid of that... Thank you for your reply - I am going to look into your suggestions tho!

          1. There is a really good carniceria in Tustin and 5 freeway. Its in the center near Dhosa Palace.

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            1. re: MzMaggie

              Perfect! Close to my office - I will check it out. Thanks for your help.

            2. If you are looking for an actual "butcher" in South County try El Toro Meats. Not hispanic, just a real butcher that probably has what you're looking for as far as pork shoulder goes.


              1. Try El Campion Market & Carniceria in San Juan Capistrano, next to the El Campion eatery. Great little market and a nice selection of meats. It's in the El Adobe Plaza near the the El Adobe restaurant.

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                1. re: lilgibbs

                  I went to the El Campion Market to see if they had dried white corn for posole. Sure enough, they had the dried corn. I bough a big bag--and when I got home saw a big bug in the bag. Had to toss the corn--still haven't made posole. What's your favorite OC Mexican market? Gigante?

                2. OK, here goes....

                  We are the family farm providing our consecrated and blessed source grains and water creating the first Consecrated & Blessed Gracias A'Dios Tortillas and Restaurant Edition Chips.

                  We offer our products in the very best of the best privately owned and family operated Mexican Mercados, Ranch, Upscale & Farmers Markets throughout Orange County they each carefully hand select your cut of meat from their in store butchershop and will custom cut for you.
                  Don't miss any of these:

                  El Campeon Carniceria, 517 W. Wilson - Costa Mesa
                  El Campeon Taqueria Y Tortilleria, 31921 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
                  Irvine Ranch Market, 2651 Irvine Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
                  Promelis Westcliff Market - 2121 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach (17th & Irvine Ave.)
                  Hershey's Market & Grog Shop - 200 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, CA 92662
                  Irvine Ranch Market II, 26741 Rancho Parkway #100, Lake Forest, CA 92630
                  Farm To Market, 32382 Del Obispo St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
                  Marbella Farmers Market, 31109 Rancho Viejo Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
                  Pacific Ranch Market, 7540 E. Chapman Ave., Orange

                  These are the finest Carnicerias/Mercados & Butcher/Meat Markets I have found in Orange County, each terrific in their own unique right.

                  Gracias A'Dios,

                  John Kendall
                  Living Tortillas

                  1. Beef Palace in Huntington Beach is always my first stop when I need a 'real' butcher.

                    1. There is a small Mexican market next to Hennessey's Tavern in Dana Point. The facade looks like a liquor, but when you walk towards the back, they have lots of fresh meats and ethnic goodies.