So I went to this Mexican restaurant named Los Sanchez in Garden Grove  because a friend had referred it to me. I didn’t want to write a review on a place that a frequent because it would most likely be bias. So to keep integrity of my opinion based on this food review I wanted to experience a new place. Well as I arrived to the location I had realized that I had been here before in the past. But I don’t recall whether I liked or enjoyed the food. I decided to go in and give it another shot, this time being very aware of my surroundings as well as the flavor of the food.

When I first walked into the restaurant there was a line at that cashier with about five people in line waiting to give their orders. The cashier was on the phone taking an order and there wasn’t another cashier. I felt bad for this lady because there were about 8 people behind her working in the kitchen and I asked myself why someone isn’t helping her. As soon as I thought that one of the servers that was behind the counter took the initiative and started jotting down orders for people and with the quickness I was next. I placed my order after contemplating from their huge menu that was above the cashier/kitchen area. I had chosen to get the Chile Verde and ordered a Modelo Negro cerveza. I then went and picked a table to sit at.

Before I could finish pouring my Cerveza into the frosty ice cold mug that they gave me, my order was called and the same server signaled to me letting me know I can come pick it up. I was pretty impressed with the quickness that it took for me to get my meal. Something popped into my head; it must have been already pre-made because that was ridiculously fast. So when I first saw the plate it looked just like it did in the picture on the menu. I wasn’t sure if they chile verde was the made a little darker green for the upcoming holiday St. Patrick’s day or not because I have had chile verde before and I don’t ever recall it being that dark of a green. Well I gave it a try by scoping up some rice and beans and some of the pork and putting it in the flower tortilla that comes with it. I was pretty impressed with the taste of the tortilla, I have had homemade tortillas before in the past and these ones mostly resembled them and actually threw me off as to whether they were homemade or not. I decided to ask one of the bussers that were cleaning a table near me and she looked at me as if I was a true white boy and said “um no they aren’t”. I said “ok well I didn’t think they were but they were really good for a tortilla that comes from a package”.  So I continued with my food and took another bite, the second bite I focused more on the taste of the contents inside and noticed that the Verde had a particle slight after taste. I couldn’t determine what it was but it was something that resembled the smell of chemical cleaning solvent but only in my mouth. I wasn’t very pleasant but it was really faint and hardly noticeable. So I continued eating and noticed that the texture of the pork was actually really good not dry or anything but juicy and good.  I had a drink of the cerveza and it seemed of made the food a whole lot better, I wasn’t sure if it was the beer that I now enjoying or the food. Anyways, I continued to eat the meal and aside from the unusual aftertaste that was cured with the Modelo. I can say that I was content with my meal that was $12.39.

One of the things that I did notice about my experience is that the restaurant had a nice set up. There was an outside patio and two manikins that were in the store. I thought they were kind of cool to look at but as I noticed the one sitting on a wall ledge was moving his head I was kind creepy. All in all, if I had to rate this place on a 1 to 3 scale, I would graciously give it a 2 because the food wasn’t exactly great for the price that I paid and aside from the visual stimulation that I received while being there it kind of sucked that I had to order my own food at the counter and had to go and pick it up.

Eric Pomers


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Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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