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Mexican Food in Mission Viejo/RSM

oceats May 11, 2007 03:36 PM

I love Mexican food. I've been living in MV for a couple of years and still have not found a place I like to frequent. Rose Canyon is great for atmosphere, but the food is bland. Tortilla Flats -- the same. I like Javier's, but I'm gonna see if I can find something a bit closer to home. Chains are not my favorite... So, anyone got any places I should try on my quest? I'm thinking Mission Viejo, RSM, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills...

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    oceats RE: oceats May 11, 2007 03:40 PM

    Ladera Ranch and Foothill area would be good, too.

    1. JAB RE: oceats May 11, 2007 03:52 PM

      For really casual sit down, try Tacos Ensenada on Raymond and El Toro in Lake Forest. They have all of the basics plus seafood.

      For a little more upscale with fantastic seafood specials (lobster fajitas most Saturdays) try El Adobe in downtown San Juan. I'd stick to the seafod specials here.

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        emilymm RE: oceats May 11, 2007 03:59 PM

        Las Golondrinas. It's take out but it is really good. I know there are a couple locations around south county, but I know there is defintely one at Alicia and Jeronimo in MV in the same shopping center as the Kinkos and Jack in the Box.

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          I got nothin RE: oceats May 11, 2007 04:27 PM

          There's always Taco Mesa, which has locations in Ladera and MV. Little more casual, order at the counter type place, but still great food. There's tons of reviews you can find on this board; here's their website


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            GSDlove RE: oceats May 11, 2007 05:07 PM

            Definitely go to El Molino de Oro in San Juan Capistrano. It's kind of a take-out place in a strip-mall (they do have tables to eat in), but the food is great!

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              u2girl RE: oceats May 11, 2007 09:15 PM

              I didn't care for Las Golondrinas or Taco Mesa but a place we like going to is a hole in the wall. We lived in MV for 5 years before we found it. It is the Maya Inn. It is located on the corner of Jeronimo/ Los Alisos. It is to the right of the Irish Pub. It is a family owned business but they are closed on Sundays(:

              1. Cali Boy RE: oceats May 12, 2007 03:49 PM

                Las Golandrinas has amazing tamales. Try the Rajas Tamales too! Their asada or shredded beef quesadillas are good too. I like their chile rellano burrito too!

                Albertacos across from Saddleback College has the best carne asada burrito north of San Deigo. Their rolled tacos are also pretty good.

                Both places are take out, but better than the sit down places in the area and much cheaper.

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                  mrszondo RE: oceats May 14, 2007 12:41 PM

                  Olamendi's in Capo Beach has great food!

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                    oceats RE: mrszondo Jul 21, 2007 12:30 PM

                    There's an Olamendi's in MV. I wonder if it is the same owner?

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                    kek is khmer RE: oceats May 14, 2007 01:31 PM

                    Taco Factory in Mission Viejo. Its a "order at the counter" kind of place and they serve breakfast all day. MmmM...their chorizo burrito is so good. Their wet-burrito is bland but they got good potatoe (sp?) tacos.

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                      oceats RE: oceats Jul 21, 2007 12:30 PM

                      What do people think of Celinda's in RSM?

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                        sherrycp RE: oceats Aug 10, 2007 04:26 PM

                        really good food at Ricardo's on El Toro Road in Lake Forest (same shopping center as El Toro Meats).

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