At any other eating establishment in Orange County, you sit in a chair to eat; worst-case scenario, you lean onto a nice bar or high-rise table. In SanTana’s lonchera scene, you either eat standing up, sitting on a curb, or leaning against a wall or the side of the taco truck—or do like the real paisas do and balance your tacos on your knee as you crouch. Eating outside sans the comfort of seat connects you to your hard-working ancestors and reminds you how pampered you’ve become. Pro tip: Wear pants, unless you’re a flasher or something.
Readers’ Choice: LOT 579 at Pacific City