Oaxaca-style chilaquiles with chorizo – Orange County Register – California News

Oaxaca-style chilaquiles with chorizo – Orange County Register – California News

The long-running Casa Oaxaca in Santa Ana has changed its name to El Mestizo. (Mestizo, which means mixed race, is the name given to a squash blossom dish on the restaurant’s menu.)

I’m told there has been absolutely no change of ownership or kitchen crew. And while the name above the door has already been repainted, the new menus have yet to be printed. So for now, the menus still carry the name Casa Oaxaca.

But don’t get too caught up in the name change. What’s most important at this moment is the chilaquiles with salsa verde and chorizo. They are amazing. At first glance they might look like any other plate of chilaquiles with a fried egg on top. But take one bite and you’ll immediately agree that these are truly special.

It’s all in the salsa. The tomatillo salsa is bright and fresh but also bitingly spicy underneath. It’s a spice that creeps up on you slowly and unexpectedly. And it’s a perfect match for the house-made chorizo that’s fried and served alongside. If you like chilaquiles, you must add these to your bucket list.

El Mestizo

Where: 3317 W. First St., Santa Ana
When: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Closed Wednesdays)
Cost: $11
Phone: 714-554-0905

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