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Casual Mexican by Biola University

Once a quarter we have a regional business function at the Anaheim convention center. Usually 20 of us or so go to Los Sanchez on Garden Grove BLVD, we can order at the front, pay individually and eat great mexican with no hassles.
This next function they moved to Biola University in Norwalk, any thoughts where to get the same feel, order at the front and have enough room for us all to sit?

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  1. Molcasalsa!

    From Biola take La Mirada Blvd. north to Imperial Highway and make a right. About 5 minutes you'll hit Beach Blvd. make a left. About two minutes later you'll see it on your right, I believe the cross street is Leffingwell.

    So so so ghettoly good!

    5 rolled tacos (taquitos to you and me) covered in guac and cheese with a drink for under $3.25! Que bueno!

    Ask for fresh chips & pico de gallo, it's free! Yum!

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    1. re: Oh Robin

      Sounds like our kind of place, is an order at the counter kind of place?

      1. re: irishkevbo

        Yes, order at the counter and take a seat. Oh, forgot to tell you have the pina (pineapple) soda. So sugary, nectar of the gods.

    2. As someone who goes to Biola and its not in Norwalk its in La Mirada go to Ricardo's El Ranchito! Its located off Beach in La Habra. Its across the street from the Wal-Mart off Imperial in a strip mall. I HIGHLY suggest you go here instead of Molcasalsa can be well lets just making you not feel to well the following day. If you go to Ricardo's request the "flour" chips right away as these are a speciality. They also serve up fresh hot tortillas made fresh in front you for no charge! Go there!

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      1. re: flyerfan182

        Sound like El Ranchito the chain, is it an order at the counter type of place?

      2. I had no idea El Ranchito was a chain...it's a full sit-down restaurant with corn tortillas made in house...delicious.

        You can also try Taco Nazo further down Beach Blvd towards Lambert. Molcasalsa is indeed good, and it's one of those quick food with sitdown areas available. I don't recall people ever being inside eating, but I usually show up after a night partying in Fullerton.

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        1. re: MeAndroo

          I've heard alot about Taco Nazo, how far is that from Biola? Is it counter service?

        2. I'd go with ricardo's el ranchito also. their albondiga soup is fantastic. it's a sit down restaraunt though. pretty low key though. good suggestion on the chips above. Yeah biola is La Mirada.

          1. Irishkevbo,

            I jump on Chowhound every so often and rarely find something that hits home. I lived for 25 years right in the smack of where you are talking about and HERE is what you are asking for. From Biola, take La Mirada Blvd to Imperial Hwy and then make a right on Telegraph (you can only go one way). About a 1/2-3/4 of a mile from there on the right is Garduno's Dos Amigos. It is between the Papa John's and a meat market (in the same shopping center as Goodwill). You order and pay at the counter. The food is great. They also have another location equal distance from you at Beach Blvd and La Mirada in the Von's center (I think) . The only problem that I see for both is that they are not capable of really large groups. El Taco Nazo is not what you want and El Ranchito is great, but it is a regular sit down place.

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            1. re: ribeyemediumrareplease

              Second rec for Garduno's on Telegraph. Good tostadas.

              1. re: ribeyemediumrareplease

                There will be about 20 of us, we don't really need to sit at one table, is it too small to handle that many people? In that case do you recommend Molcasalsa?

                1. re: irishkevbo

                  Molcasalsa is REALLY casual...like eating at a Farmer Boy's or the Hat. Or are you looking for something at a Denny's level...still casual, but less so than the aforementioned.

                  1. re: MeAndroo

                    If it we're a small group I'd say give me the best, but with 20 people with 15 different forms of payment we usually stick to dives where we can order at the counter.

              2. Garduno's eh? ive never heard of it. Is it in the Ralph's shopping center on Beach and La Mirada? Also is this a sit down place? I always am looking for new sit down mexican places to try. As for the El Ranchito chain thing, I don't believe this is the same as the "chain" that you are referring to. Ricardo's is a family owned little hole in the wall.

                1. Not too far away from Biola is Marquez restaurant on Rosecrans just west of Carmenita. OUTSTANDING ceviche. I also love their chili verde burrito served enchilada style (sauce & cheese). This place is good. Really!

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                  1. re: Grubber

                    Order at the counter, plenty of seating?

                    1. re: irishkevbo

                      Oops! Sorry Irishkevbo. Forgot to check back. Anyway, you can order at a counter for to go only. If you eat in, you're served by a wait staff that has been there for 20 plus years. Not tons of seating, but sounds like it is about the same size as Gardunos.

                  2. I did a visual (in my head) count of the tables in Gardunos and a full house would seat about 52-60 people, so I think that you should not worry about seating 20. Agree, Marquez on Rosecrans is good also.

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                    1. re: ribeyemediumrareplease

                      Thanks for the info on Gardunos, we went yesterday at 5p.m, they were definitly surprised to see 30 people in suits show up, ha ha. They were on it, never skipping a beat. They were also extraordinarily friendly.

                      As far the food I had 4 tacos (so as to try as many flavors as I could), Carne Asada, El Pastor, Carnitas, and a crispy gringo chicken taco. The Carne Asada, was good, not great, the El Pastor was too gamey for me, the Carnitas were the BEST I've ever had, and I've had alot of Carnitas in my day. They were dryer, like jerky, not covered in sauce, and the flavor was amazing. The crispy chicken taco was as good as it gets for that item, paired with their dried chili salas it was great. If we have another meeting at Biola, I can't wait to go back and try more items, they all looked great on everyones elses plate.
                      Thanks again.

                      1. re: irishkevbo

                        Irishkevbo,

                        As I mentioned, I have been a regular at Gardunos for a long time and I am glad that they did not disappoint. It makes me feel good that all of my cholesterol intake over the years has now been appreciated.