Anepalco’s Cafe, always saw this on the Hot On Yelp! Usually is always either top 5 or for sure top 10! If you all haven’t noticed but I love breakfast food! It was actually memorial day, and I was really hesitant about coming here, knowing it could be really packed! I asked the best friend to Tristan to go along with me. We ended up biking here, boy it was seriously just not the day for that. For one we were biking against the wind so it was more tiresome, on top of that I was super hungry! When we first pulled up Anepalco’s Cafe, the first thing you notice is…it really is a street cafe. Basically just from the street you park right away, the parking lot is very limited as there are other shops besides it, and I would say probably about 10 to 15 parking spots in front. There was a parking lot in the back as well though, but I didn’t really get a chance to take a peak to see if it was big or not. We walked inside the restaurant, its not that big and felt really stuffed inside. They have three tables outside, so that is where we decided to sit. The service was here and there, maybe because we were outside but there were times they came by pretty fast, and times when they took a good minute or so. While we were sitting, we noticed that the business here is really consistent, and we came just at the nick of time because cars were pulling up, and seriously have at least a party of 4 no less! Anepalco’s Cafe serves both breakfast and lunch, breakfast being served all day! Like other cafe’s and breakfast joints they open at 8am and close at 3:30pm m-f. I loved their menu selection as they featured classic dishes, as well as dishes that they had AND also had Mexican dishes as well. When we were waiting for our food, I noticed the utensils, and it seriously looked like one giant fork! I thought it was funny, so of course I took a picture of it! Tristan also asked if they had tapatio, they gave him a small little bowl which looked like tapatio, but ended up being a home made sauce. It was crazy that in the sauce there was an actual huge pepper! Tristan said he didn’t like the sauce and would have much rather prefered Tapatio! Before I get into what we ordered and feasted on, here are just a few pictures:
I will start with what Tristan ordered first, he ordered the Anepalco’s Chilaquiles. Which was pretty much Tortilla Chips, Red Sauce, Scrambled eggs, Cotija Cheese, Sour Cream, Avocado Mousse, Pico de Gallo. I have never seen Chilaquiles all I know is Tristan was really excited because he loves that dish. I told him that people on Yelp! the Anepalco’s Chilaquiles is the top mentioned dish. When it first came out, the presentation looked amazing, and well Tristan’s face looked amazed too, but also confused as well…why you ask? Well Tristan told me that usually its just a huge mess, no presentation because usually its just a mixture of everything, placed on a plate and ready for you to just eat it. The presentation looked amazing, had to what I was guessing Mole all around the plate, and a perfect circle of the mixed up ingredients right in the middle of the plate, with egg on top and sour cream on top of the egg. Seriously an amazing looking presentation! I actually didn’t get to try it..because well it looked spicy, and well yeah I was really in tune with what I ordered! Tristan described it though, he mentioned it did need a lot more heat. He loved that there was the perfect amount of lime, and a nice battle between textures having a crunch but softness to it. Sadly he thought tapatio would top this dish off, but when they brought out the homemade pepper sauce, and he said it destroyed the dish. During the time he was eating, the dish started to get ugly and just a pile of food on the plate, and he said this traditionally how it would be served. Overall he said it was a fantastic dish and he loved it. Here are the pictures of Anepalco’s Chilaquiles:
And then there was my dish! I ended up ordering the Sunrise Breakfast Sandwich, which was Scrambled eggs, Ham, Bacon, Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato,Green Leaf, Chipotle Aioli. Of course I had them take out tomato’s because I don’t like them! When the breakfast sandwich came out, it as well looked really delicious. It didn’t have a nice presentation as the Anepalco’s Chilaquiles, but it did its job by feed my eyes! Two sandwiches, potatoes, and a small little silver bucket filled with ketchup. Simple presentation, but again awesome eye candy! My first bite of the sandwich, it blew me away. I wasn’t expecting the Chipotle Aioli to effect the sandwich in a huge way. The kick from that complimented the ham, bacon and egg inside the sandwich so well. It was like the glue to the puzzle pieces! The sandwich had a nice crunchy crust, and then also had the mixture between a little bit of crunch meets a little bit of softness. No doubt it was a really delicious sandwich, because no joke I finished that sandwich in seconds! The potatoes had a lot of pepper on it, but they also had this awesome brown/golden color to them. When I ate the first one, it was seasoned nicely. Really soft potatoes,with a small crunch from the outer skin of the potato. The potato’s with some ketchup, delicious!!! Overall an amazing dish, I loved it because it didn’t leave me super full and making it really hard to breath. Instead it left me super satisfied! Here are the pictures I took of my dish the Sunrise Breakfast Sandwich:
Ssp’s Final Thoughts:
Anepalco’s Cafe does earn its spot on the top 5 or top 10 on whats hot around orange county. I have yet but am very curious on how their other dishes taste, as well as their lunch menu! Here are some hints:
- I am not sure if it was because of Memorial Day, but it did get super busy, come early!
- If you are a huge fan of Tapatio, don’t ask for some because they give you their own sauce, and to Tristan’s point of view, it destroyed his dish!
- Small parking lot
I really cannot wait till I come back here and try a different plate! Until then, I hope you all enjoyed my food venture to Anepalco’s Cafe!