Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant Review

Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant Review:

We dined at the Avila’s El Ranchito in Old Towne Orange. Avila’s is a chain Mexican restaurant which has many locations throughout Southern California.  The building of this location in Orange was converted from an old church, which makes it really special to eat in!  The inside of the restaurant is very festive and welcoming, and there is great lighting and a lot of seating. My mom absolutely loved that they kept the original stained glass from the old church, she said it made it seem so quaint and homey inside.  We were so happy they were able to get in a table of four in only about 10 minutes of waiting on a Saturday night.  I’d recommend calling ahead for reservations if you don’t like to wait in a crowded lobby area.  It was packed!


It’s usually a good sign when you see a line out the door that the food is pretty good.  Avila’s was no exception.  The menu offers a great range of Mexican dishes from the tried and true enchiladas and burritos, to Santa Fe and Coastal meat and fish dishes, as well as Mexican-style rice bowls which offer a selection of everything! They also have all the standard Tequilas as well as a great Margarita Menu.

I’ll start out with the salsa at this Mexican place.  It is spicy! They must use real chili powder or fresh jalapenos or something, because my mouth was pretty much burning for a few minutes after tasting it for the first time. It wasn’t “eye-watering” spicy, but it was pretty close.  I’m sure most people could handle it- I think they make the tortilla chips here extra salty for this reason.  I got used to the spiciness and after a few minutes couldn’t stop eating the salsa, so there you have it!

I ordered the Baja Bowl topped with Whitefish, which came with rice, black beans, salsa, corn, avocados, and was topped with fried Whitefish.  It was bursting with spicy flavors and the fish was crunchy and delicious.  Other members of my group ordered the Combo meals with Enchiladas and tacos, and they all looked to be coated with cheese and bursting with Mexican-style awesomeness.  Everyone left feeling extremely full, so there was definitely a lot of food to be had.

I’d definitely recommend trying out Avila’s El Ranchito in Orange- because the atmosphere is laid-back and casual, while the food is still tasty and refined.  A great place to bring people who are in town for a holiday!

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