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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?
Naugles. 18471 Mt. Langley St., Fountain Valley, (888) 528-8226; www.nauglestacos.com