COSTA MESA/NEWPORT/HUNTINGTON BEACH 2 + KID WANT MEXICAN SIT DOWN TONIGHT IN THE AREA SUGGESTIONS
Too late for tonight but I posted this the other day - maybe you'll want to try one of the two next time:
Two new Mexican restaurants have sprung up rather close to each other in Huntington Beach.
La Choza (they have had a location in L.A. for 31 years) has recently opened at 7402 Edinger Ave. (east of Gothard, west of Beach Blvd., 714-842-7888) at the site of the former (and short-lived) Artisan Restaurant. Hubby and I went about two weeks ago and the interior has been done rather nicely. As you walk in, you notice a woman in her own little oasis, busily making tortillas - handmade as you watch.
Overall, the experience was pretty good, the food pretty good, and the service quite attentive and friendly. They have quite a few seafood selections (4 giant squid dinners, 2 red snapper plates, 2 large shrimp dishes, and two salmon selections) in additon to the requisite burritos, tacos, etc. The salmon tops the price list at $13.95.
I tried the Carne Asada Tampiquena and it was a bit on the chewey side (not surprising because of the kind of meat used). Hubby had the Plato de Barbacoa, and really enjoyed it, especially the sauce. We both enjoyed the soup.
The place was large and open, with freshly painted walls that have see-through areas with grillwork as dividers. Very nice but even with only half the tables occupied, it was rather noisy. Next time I will take a sweater as it seemed quite chilly to me. They also have an add-on wing for private parties, so if you're in that area and need a place for a group to meet, this might be the spot.
The second spot is Rodrigo's Mexican Grill, 15101 Goldenwest St. (south of Bolsa), (714-839-4950). They list their website as <www.rodrigos.com>. They have a champagne brunch on Sundays from 10 - 2 p.m. According to their promotional postcard, they have sizzling fajitas, seafood enchiladas, and chalupa salad, happy hour drink specials, take-out, party platters, and banquet facilities. We got their postcard a few days after eating at the other restaurant. I would like to hear from anyone who's tried Rodrigo's since we haven't yet. We usually reserve our Mexican dining to Enrique's or Acapulco's.