Monday, July 16, 2012

Avila's El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

Who's up for some amazing Mexican food!?
I am! I am!

We have found a seriously amazing location for our final event of the SoCal Social!
Dinner for the 2012 will be held at the fabulous Avila's El Ranchito Restaurant!

As you can see - the building is beautiful. It was built in 1891 as a Baptist Church! The gorgeous stained glass windows are the originals from the church - the minister's wife ordered them in the late 1800's. The restaurant has old, dark wooden floors and the sides or the booths are old pew sidings. The old altar is intact too!

Of course, the food has to be great too!

You had me at chips & salsa, but holy guacamole...

Check out their entire menu HERE, but this Botana Platter is their most popular item.

And how about drinks...?  If you care about this stuff (and we do!) they make a great margarita and have an impressive tequila selection.  We highly recommend the mojitos too!  (We have to make sure you all will like it, right?)

The history of the Avila family is amazing.  It truly is representative of the American dream. Here's an exerpt from their website - sharing a little bit about the family -

"When Salvador Avila came to the United States from Guanajuato, Mexico with his wife and children, he came with hope and the American dream in his heart. Four decades later, Avila and his children own and operate one of the most well known and highly successful groups of Mexican restaurants in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, Avila's El Ranchito restaurants.
It all started in the kitchen over 40 years ago. Mama brought with her recipes that have been in her family for generations, paying strict attention to freshness and quality.

It was Papa, though, who had the idea to involve the whole family and create a truly special restaurant. The entire Avila family pitched in and help at the first El Ranchito when it opened in Huntington Park in 1966 with only five picnic tables. Even Grandpa Poldo offered a helping hand by washing dishes.

Today, the 40-year tradition that has made their authentic Mexican cooking legendary continues to be served at the family's eleven restaurants. It is still a family business, family owned, family operated and family loved. Mama and Papa eventually shared the responsibility of running El Ranchito with their children and now their grandchildren. Each restaurant is under the personal care of a family member, guaranteeing the reputation the family has earned for treating the customers "like part of the family.""

We would love for you to visit Avila's - try them out before the event! You'll love them as much as we do!
If you're not in the Orange area, they have 11 locations - you can find one near you!

You can find out more info at Avila's El Ranchito Restaurant - they have menus, locations and lots more online!

You can also like the Avila's El Ranchito in Orange
Facebook page to stay updated! :)


Aimee @ said...

that looks amazing!! how exciting. great spot!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

We've eaten there a few times... great Mexican food!!!