Diego's Rock-N-Roll Bar & Eats

220 E. Third St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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  • Sun 11am-3pm, Tue-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
  • $$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Garage Parking, Metered Parking, Street Parking
Diego’s Downtown is a Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana. What Diego’s has done here Anepalco’s Cafe and Raya at Ritz Carlton have accomplished previously: to show the culinary traditions of Mexico do not always come in cheesy combos with rice and refried beans. Diego’s is unique in that it does it in Downtown Santa Ana, where it straddles two disparate dining universes—hipster restaurants on one side, countless regional Mexican specialists on the other. The menu shows ample evidence of this best-of-both-worlds bent: steak frites but with yucca fries; tortas ahogadas with slow-cooked beef and pork, but the red dipping sauce served on the side, not doused over the sandwich. There are steak and eggs for breakfast, but also chilaquiles and caldo de res. And then there are the sopes, usually fist-sized and flat, but here served in three neat, dim-sum bites that resemble squat mushroom stumps, the fried masa pockets stuffed with homemade chorizo and queso fresco, then topped with a lacy fried quail egg.

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  • Kicking Venado at Diego's Downtown, Our Drink of the Week!
    Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:03 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    True confessions: I was not that impressed by Diego's when it opened last year. The downtown SanTana restaurant tried too hard with dishes that had two ingredients too many, featured tiny portions too expensive by five bucks, and a ...

  • Diego's Downtown: The Missing Link
    Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    Diego's Downtown seemed to have materialized from nowhere. Apart from the location at the former Cafe Azteca across from the Yost Theater, the menu of alta cocina-style dishes and an anemic paragraph describing its owner/chef Richar...

  • Diego's Downtown Opens in Santa Ana
    Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 7 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    Diego's Downtown's got a cool logo, a "D" that's half calligraphy, half block letter. It is, perhaps, a hint that the new restaurant by a chef named Richard Espinachio is going to have one foot in Santa Ana's hipster scene, the othe...

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