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What’s your favorite Mexican restaurant?
With the way we’ve all spread out since graduation to live in 40 or more states, there could be thousands of places you might mention.


One of mine was the Gardens of Taxco on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. They had delicious Margaritas and it was hip, with lots of actors and musicians. Ha ha!

Some of you may say La Chiquita on East Valencia in Fullerton, or Las Perlas near Maple Elementary School.

I remember a lot of people liked El Cholo on Whittier Boulevard in La Habra. The El Cholo on South Western in LA was always popular, especially with college students. Much later El Cholo in Irvine opened. 

I forget the name of the old Mexican restaurant in Placentia, the one that’s been there for generations. People love it and mention how the lady owner used to be strict with them!

I like El Moreno's in Orange on East Chapman, where you can sit outside in the patio under oak trees (and pigeons). 

Of course, El Adobe in San Juan Capistrano is a legendary place, and I know a lot of Lancers still go there. It was said to be Richard Nixon’s favorite restaurant.

There was Cano’s Mexican Seafood on PCH in Newport for a while, around the 1970s. 

There was a legendary old place called La Fonda on Wilshire Boulevard just west of Downtown. Of course a lot of us went to restaurants in Olvera Street when we were children.  

There has been a Mexican food takeout place called Tito's in Culver City just off the 405 Freeway. It was open around the clock, so my friends and I would stop in after concerts, movie marathons or parties at 4 AM, and see 100 people there.  You had to line up outside then.


One of the most famous Mexican restaurants on the West Coast is El Tepeyec in East Los Angeles. It's a small place and here is a video:


I remember after we graduated from Sunny Hills and a lot of people went away to college, that Lancer alumni in New York and North Carolina and Kansas and Ohio and D.C. and Massachusetts would say they missed Mexican food!

 Ni siquiera he arañado la superficie! (I haven't even scratched the surface! Wherever I’ve gone west of the Mississippi, people have told me the best Mexican restaurant in the world was in their town!

Which ones are your favorites? In Fullerton? In Orange County? In Southern California? In Central and Northern California? Oregon and Washington? Nevada and Arizona? Texas? In Mexico? Anywhere? 




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Patti Powers, ‘65 on November 21, 2020 at 8:52 AM said:

La Chiquita was our family’s favorite Mexican in the 1960’s. The Powers’ family and the Morgan family (Bill Morgan) would meet there often for dinner. Great memories.
Doug Elwell, ‘65 on November 19, 2020 at 9:14 PM said:

I'll add a couple of "oh, yeahs" for Espiau's in Pomona (now in Claremont) and the 301 Club in Placentia. El Cholo on Western is the best of the El Cholos. South of the border, Lss Casuelas in Ensenada was outstanding. Decent Mexican food is virtually non-existent in Northeast Ohio.
Jeff Nix, ‘67 on November 19, 2020 at 8:13 PM said:

La Casa Guadalajara, San Diego. Close to Olde Town.
Ryden Richardson, ‘67 on November 19, 2020 at 6:46 PM said:

Espiau's in Pomona. A hang-out in the good old days for skiers returning from the mountains. I don't know if it's still in business....

[They have moved to Claremont and the owners are Basque.]
Don Martin, 64 on November 19, 2020 at 5:28 PM said:

I loved La Perlas more than La Chiquita in Fullerton, the 301 Club in Placentia was also very good. Pepe’s in Goleta was a fav of all Gauchos from UCSB.
Steven Lowe, ‘63 on November 19, 2020 at 5:07 PM said:

Definitely TACOS DON FELIX , San Miguel de Allende,, MX
Rick Wilson, ‘65 on November 19, 2020 at 5:07 PM said:

We used to enjoy Mario’s Mexican restaurant in Huntington Beach (on Main St, near Beach Boulevard). We now go to Anita’s on South Coast Hwy here in Oceanside.
Roger Naff, ‘64 on November 19, 2020 at 5:05 PM said:

In Placencia it is the 301 Club....been there since the 50s or earlier. Story goes it was started as a place for field workers to eat and socialize.

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