So Anepalco’s Cafe is LEGIT one of my favorite brunch places in Orange County. Decent prices, really good food. And have YOU ever heard of French and Mexican fusion?? I usually go to the original (and smaller) location location off Main St., but this time, I went for the newer location attached to the Ayres Hotel.
When I take people here for the first time, I always suggest the chilaquiles. I haven’t had many chilaquiles in my lifetime, but from what I understand, theirs is different. The flavors just really burst and there is a reason why this is one of the most popular dishes (if not the most popular). I looked around and almost EVERYBODY had this at their table. The sauces, the eggs, it all just blends together so well.
I hadn’t been to Anepalco’s in awhile and I felt like this brunch menu had items I hadn’t seen before. Growing up, my parents used to make me croque madames or croque monsieurs on special weekends, so Anepalco’s version of a croque madame intrigued me. Theirs includes the usual ham, melted gruyere and eggs, but ALSO includes oaxaca cheese! It was delicious, but I must admit, I think I’ve had better dishes here. Also looks like this version of the croque madame is only available at the Chapman location (look on the lunch menu instead).
The Main St. location also has a sign saying it has the best coffee (I’ll agree, it’s pretty good). I usually go for plain coffee, but it felt like an iced latte kind of day, so I present to you my hazelnut latte!
If you ever decide to go, I HIGHLY suggest the following (in addition to the chilaquiles):
- Huevos Divorciados
- Crepe Le Mexique
- Le Petit Dejeuner Crepe
The Main St. location is actually casual and very small. Because of its size, the wait can be long, but the staff is super sweet. When I went to the Chapman location this time, however, it looked half empty, but there was still a long wait and they kept some tables empty. Apparently, they didn’t want to overwhelm the kitchen. While I was slightly annoyed at first, I do understand the situation.
Also, quick note, the Chapman location is a bit nicer because it is newer and I’m sure they are trying to appeal to tourists more as it is attached to a hotel.
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