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Anepalco's Cafe

415 S. Main St. Orange, CA 92868 | Orange | 714-771-2333

Location Description:

Though the chef is Mexican, he jumps from the Sierra Madre to the Pyrenees to the Rio Grande to combine French, Spanish, American and Mexican traditions into one of the better cafes around. This is the type of place where crepes exist alongside huevos rancheros, where you're as apt to enjoy a croque monsieur (like eating a flavored pillow, it is) as a beef dip, where "tortilla" can mean the rolled-up vessel of the Aztecs or the Spanish version, a kind of potato-egg pancake. More than novelty, nearly all the attempts at transcontinental and trans-Atlantic fusion work wonderfully.

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  • Cuisine(s): Cafe, French, Fusion, Mexican
  • Hours: Sun, Sat 8am-2pm, Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Necessary
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout

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