301 Cafe

301 W. Santa FE Ave.
Placentia, CA 92870


  • Daily 10am-9pm
  • $; $$
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
301 Cafe is a Mexican restaurant in Placentia. It's is where the combo plate rules, where the chile rellenos shine with oil, where the meat of choice isn't al pastor, but chile colorado or verde. The king of the entrees is the wet burrito, a mass of beef con chile colorado, the ever-present melted yellow cheese, with canned red salsa on top. It's a seemingly mundane thing, and the pureed guacamole looks like something out of a Sunset article from the Nixon administration. And yet . . . it all works. The salsa served tableside tastes more like New Mexico-style green chile: not just relishy, but with heat. The side of pickled carrots and jalapeños is a wholly Mexi innovation. It’s an artifact of another time, but one that remains relevant, such as a date shake or a chicken pot pie.

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