1236 W. Civic Center Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Civic is a bistro in Santa Ana. Three guys run the place, with an emphasis on making stuff in-house (the peanut butter is sweet, silky and perfect) or sourced as locally as possible (the owners are regulars at SanTana’s recently rebooted farmers' market). Don’t think this is dainty fresa shit: The owners are practitioners of what I have previously deemed Primo-Mex, the kind of mashups Mexican cousins do every carne asada Sunday to show off. So not only are there gargantuan burritos (one with green chorizo!), but they’ll also come with a green salsa that resembles wheatgrass juice but burns and makes you forget the bottle of Tapatío you grabbed. Lunchtime sandwiches come with jalapeño remoulades. On the menu are the bacon-wrapped hot dogs of co-owner Christian Lemus, better known as Mr. Hot Bunz and legendary throughout SanTana nightlife for his half-pineapple, half-habanero sauce.

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  • Civic in Santa Ana Re-Opens After Fire!
    Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:15 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    Civic--the SanTana restaurant that Gustavo Arellano described as Primo-Mex ("the kind of mashups Mexican cousins do every carne asada Sunday to show off")--had a fire in July and had been closed ever since. Now it seems everything i...

  • Eat This Now: Chorizo Burger at Civic
    Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 6:03 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    Those cabrones at Civic in SanTana sure stick to their local-local-local mantra. Not only do they do a lot of their produce shopping at the Thursday downtown Farmer's Market, they source their chorizo from the legendary Ochoa's Chor...

  • Eat Civic, Where Primo-Mex Lives
    Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    The transformation of SanTana into one of the county's best cities for food is such that it's not just gabacho outsiders who are clamoring to open restaurants in the city's downtown. Now, born-and-bred santaneros, completely at home...

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