EL Rincon Chilango

1133 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
EL Rincon Chilango

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  • $
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
El Rincón Chilango is a Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana. It's Orange County's best re-creation of Mexico City, and not just because the street-side restaurant features the megalopolis' iconic Angel of Independence statue as its logo nor because its marquee screams "100% D.F." Mexico City favorites are in order here: wonderful potato tacos with the shells fried until they shine like the Stanley Cup; super-syrupy sodas such as Jarritos and Boing; and the tlacoyo, a foot-long gordita bloated with earthy bright-yellow fava beans and splattered with diced onions and a tangy green salsa on the outside-the heartiest meal you'll eat until Thanksgiving.

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