The place formerly known as Nancy Puebla Restaurant
On KCRW's food show, Puebla's had been called the best Mexican restaurant in Orange County and of course, I had to try it out only to find it had been replaced by a new owner and new restaurant called Pena's- I believe the third in as many years. It had been a strange week as every place I'd gone to had been shut down; I finally stopped leaving the office for fear that I'd go to another place for lunch only to find it too had been shut down.
From what I tried, I think its fair to say that its lost the title of the best Mexican restaurant in Orange County. First visit, I tried the dishes that had been recommended for Nancy Puebla's, which probably wasn't very fair, and I probably wouldn't reorder those dishes again.
But, I usually try to give a place a second shot before I write it off. This time, I let Pena's be Pena's and tried their specialty- cochinita pibrils, a pork dish marinated with bitter oranges and anchiote. This was much better, and probably one of the better cochinita pibrils you'll find in OC.