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Lunch At Avila’s El Ranchito

written by John Chow on October 21, 2011

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While touring Laguna Niguel, we stopped for lunch at Avila’s El Ranchito. This is a family owned Mexican restaurant started over 40 years ago when Salvador Avila came to the United States from Guanajuato, Mexico with his wife and children. Like many immigrants, Avila came with hope and the American dream in his heart. Four decades later, Mr. Avila and his children own and operate one of the most well known and highly successful groups of Mexican restaurants in California. There are now 11 El Ranchito restaurants in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

The Laguna Niguel El Ranchito was established in 2006. This is the first restaurant solely owned by a third-generation Avila family member, Marcus. All 11 restaurants are under the personal care and management of a family member, guaranteeing the reputation the family has earned for treating the customers “like part of the family.” Avila must have one big family!

I did feel like part of the family when dining at Avila’s El Ranchito. The wait staff was extremely friendly, and the server called me amigo. I refrained from calling him peng you (friend in Chinese).

The food at Avila’s El Ranchito was pretty damn good. The recipes may be more than 40 years old but noting was lost in the passing from generation to generation. Our lunch consisted of shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas, and the grilled fiesta platter. All were expertly prepared and delicious. If you’re a Mexican food lover, you’ll enjoy Avila’s El Ranchito.

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Make Money Guide 108 Easy Ways To Make Money October 21, 2011 at 2:38 am

Yummy , that appear delicious.

PPC Ian October 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm

It really does! I love Mexican food, it’s my favorite. Honestly, this looks like some of the best Mexican food I have seen. Well done, John!

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips October 27, 2011 at 5:44 am

Love tacos.

Specially if this one come with hot and spicy Mexican spices.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips October 27, 2011 at 5:47 am

John you should shoot some photos of Restaurant as well or may be of the person who is serving you.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips October 27, 2011 at 5:49 am

If any one wants to see the restaurant than here is their website –

fas October 21, 2011 at 5:31 am

The food looks simply delicious,

Ted Jee October 21, 2011 at 6:45 am

Wow, the food looks delicious.

Make Money Online Helper October 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Ohh man, now I got hungry again :)

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips October 27, 2011 at 5:45 am

Keep Mexican food in your dinner menu ….

Simply love it …

panax October 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

i want to mexico eats :)

Guru Web Portal October 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm

ha ha, every body is feeling hungry :)

Property Marbella October 22, 2011 at 3:18 am

It looks like you chose a good restaurant; it looks both well cooked and good food.

Erwin Miradi October 23, 2011 at 8:45 am

You always know how to shoot these stuff John.
Are they really look that extremely delicious or is it the camera?

John Chow October 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I shot those pics with just an iPhone!

Guru Web Portal October 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Current version of iPhone is simply great.

Divya October 24, 2011 at 12:16 am

wow… really delicious and yummy….

Cheolsu October 31, 2011 at 1:53 am

The Mexican food looks yummy.

Divya November 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Lunch is delicious and yummy too.