Last month, Christian Ziebarth—the man who singlehandedly resurrected legendary Cal-Mex fast-food chain Naugles from the Del Taco grave—announced a massive expansion. In the meanwhile, he’s opened their Fountain Valley test kitchen as a permanent restaurant, as a taste of what’s to come. Expect nothing but delicious nostalgia: bright colors, a 1990s soundtrack, and a menu that remains in the dreams of any Southern Californian 40 and above.
And the key to Naugles’ charm is the bun taco: essentially a Mexican Sloppy Joe. In a county where great hamburgers exist everywhere, why bother with a ground beef burger that looks like a cafeteria special? Remember your Luke 15:32, kids: for Naugles was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. It’s a good, hearty steamed ham that deserves the hundreds of posts that will come Ziebarth’s way. And isn’t it appropriate his name is Christian?
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Naugles. 18471 Mt. Langley St., Fountain Valley, (888) 528-8226; www.nauglestacos.com