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“The best authentic Mexican in south county”

El Campeon Carnieria
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Let's see: has its own carneceria, its own bakery, its own tortillaria, and its own grocery store so everything is fresh. It also (weirdly) has its own electronics and music store but that is another story. I am usually the only gringo in the place. It is dive-y in that the seating is very rudimentary but to tell the truth it sort of feels like Baja - plastic chairs and soccer games on the television. The food is super good, not a bad dish to be had and the prices are terrific. It is my after-surf go to.

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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We took a day trip into San Juan by way of the Metrolink Train. When you exit the train you have a choice of the historic part of Capistrano or the town/mission area to search out lunch. Head toward the mission and turn right on Camino Capistrano. Just past the El Adobe Restaurant you will see the El Adobe Plaza. El Campeon is at the back (parallel to the street).

They have lots of authentic selections. The carnita tacos are awesome! The tortillas are flavorful and homemade. The pork tastes like your grandma made it. It is so good! Get them with the onion topping.

You can go to a fancy restaurant, if that's what you desire. But if you want great carnitas, go here. You can sit outside at their little tables after placing your order and picking it up inside (cafeteria style). Our two carnita tacos and two small drinks cost $6.60. What a steal!

I am ready to go back and get more. Yummy.

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Reviewed 5 November 2012

The bakery section has fresh bolillos rolls all day and they are the best I've had. The pan dulce - cookies, sweet rolls, etc. are always good. The food is always great. The picnic benches outside are always full. The place is always busy, service always friendly even if you don't speak Spanish. They cater special events too.

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Reviewed 3 October 2012

red chili combination plate: big chunks of pork in a slow-cooked homey chili sauce. Comes with rice, beans, tortillas, salsa. Locals fill the place.

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Reviewed 19 February 2012

The place is a little gold mine so whatever my opinion they are not going to suffer. Their food is acceptable, some dishes much better than others, but overall is much better than a Taco Bell or Del Taco, and that is the basic criteria it must have. A lot of mexican people frequent the place and that is why there is menudo, tripe, al pastor, carnets, carne asada, tamales, etc., not of the greatest quality but good enough to draw the crowds, specially the tourist trade. I have eaten there several times and their food is okay, not exceptional in any way, shaper or form. Tried their tamales which were okay but have not bought them again, for I know a couple of places much further (Santa Ana) that make a better tamale. Tried their Apanado (breaded beef) and it was disaster. So thin and burned to a crisp, this dish might look good on paper but on the practice was and is a fiasco. Their salsa is not so bad and I always get their Ranchero Salsa, the one with more jalapeño, and if you catch it recently made is well worth the price of admission. Overall this is a mecca of mexican products for it also has a bakery and a store, quite a monopoly. Their prices are okay but like I have already said, the quality of their products sometimes leaves much to be desired. 3 Stars.

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Thank Luke17
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