La Reyna is a Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana. The panuchos, the fried Yucatan version of a sope, are crunchy perfection. That’s the only real Yucateco dish on the menu, but saving the day is the focus on pork: prepared as poc chuc (marinated in citrus and cooked on a grill; it’s juicy, smokey and perfect) or cochinita pibil, the legendary roasted take on pig that makes carnitas seem as lean as water and will leave any mouths that eat it with an orange, oily, delicious tint. And there’s even turkey: not the Thanksgiving shit you just threw away, but prepared in a way that’ll make it a year-round must for anyone willing to try it.
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Few restaurant spots have underachieved more than the building on the southeast corner of Main Street and St. Andrew Place in Santa Ana. I mean, this is SanTana, for chrissakes: Every goddamn Mexican restaurant in the city should be...