Antojitos Don Juan is a Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana. The man who runs this restaurant is like Mexican uncle who wowed his extended family for years with his carne asada Sunday creations, then one day decided to open a restaurant on a lark. Where else in Orange County will you find escargot in a beautiful mojo sauce, or frog legs bathed in tangy tomatillo? Who else has the guts to not offer guacamole, just because he doesn’t feel like it? And while other restaurants might combine shrimp and chorizo, no one else will do it with techniques and flavor out of Escoffier.
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Santa Ana has so many Mexican dining options—from tamales sold out of car trunks to banquet halls, from loncheras to carnicerías, from fusion tacos to tacos acorazados, from Cal-Mex to bro-Mex—that trying to make ...