415 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868
Best Of
Anepalco +

Todd Barnes


  • Sun, Sat 8am-2pm, Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
  • $
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Though the chef is Mexican, he jumps from the Sierra Madre to the Pyrenees to the Rio Grande to combine French, Spanish, American and Mexican traditions into one of the better cafes around. This is the type of place where crepes exist alongside huevos rancheros, where you're as apt to enjoy a croque monsieur (like eating a flavored pillow, it is) as a beef dip, where "tortilla" can mean the rolled-up vessel of the Aztecs or the Spanish version, a kind of potato-egg pancake. More than novelty, nearly all the attempts at transcontinental and trans-Atlantic fusion work wonderfully.

Related Stories (12)

  • Top 5 Orange County Restaurants of 2016, Cynthia the Intern Edition!
    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 5:39 a.m. by Cynthia Rebolledo

    Welcome to our annual Top 5 countdown, where most of our our SAFII writers tell you what impressed them over the past year! Here, former intern Cynthia Rebolledo tells you what impressed her most this year—eat up! 1. Irenia As our M...

  • Pop-Up Dinner with Aron Habiger at Anepalco's TONIGHT
    Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    Remember how we told you earlier this month that OC native son Aron Habiger was starting up a new series of pop-up restaurants around OC, and that you have to check them out. Welp, Aron has one going TONIGHT at Anepalco's, and there...

  • OC Food Issue 2014: Wrap-tastic!
    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    So we sat at Weekly World Headquarters, trying to figure out what the theme for this year's food issue should be: Mexican food? We kind of did that years ago. Sandwiches? Meh. Salads? Weak salsa. "What about wraps?" someone asked. "...

  • Anepalco's Cafe Has Le Mexique
    Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    Like Break of Dawn's Dee Nguyen and the Playground's Jason Quinn, Danny Godinez cut his teeth and proved his chops during stints at the most expensive and uppity restaurants in the county, including Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern a...

Load More Articles


View All

More Cafe Restaurants in Orange County


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >