Orange: Anepalco

Anepalco is a modern Mexican restaurant located inside the ALO hotel in Orange.  It’s been about 2 years since I’ve eaten here, and I stopped by for lunch with my friend Eleni.  Their menu is quite extensive, but they have this one signature dish that blows away every place I’ve been to… and that’s their chilaquiles.

What is a  chilaquiles?  Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish, where typically eaten at breakfast or brunch. Corn tortillas cut in quarters and lightly fried are the basis of the dish.This makes them a popular recipe to use leftover tortillas and salsas. Green or red salsa or mole is poured over the crisp tortilla triangles, called totopos. The mixture is simmered until the tortilla starts softening. Pulled chicken is sometimes added to the mix. It is commonly garnished with crema, shredded queso fresco, raw onion rings and avocado slices. Chilaquiles can be served with refried beans, eggs (scrambled or fried), beef and guacamole as side dish.

Anepalco fuses French techniques with the Mexican cooking and creates such a beautiful dish, it’s almost a shame to eat it.  They have 2 versions: the red one served with tortilla chips, eggs, red sauce, cotija, cream, avocado, pico de gallo  and the green one served with tomatillo and sour cream, instead of the red sauce and creme.

The food is amazing and fresh, so full of flavor.  The best part of all, it’s incredibly affordable and you’re full for the whole day.

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