From 14-hour days during the beginnings of their first restaurant in Long Beach more than 37 years ago, Super Mex founders Manuel and Socorro Orozco built franchises across Southern California. Inspired by the local cuisine of the village he was born in—Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, Mexico—Manuel brought his passion for traditional Mexican food to California, where the business grew with a dedicated following of college students. Striving to craft dishes that taste homemade, Super Mex offers Mexican classics such as burritos, tostadas, and flautas.
The first Baja Fresh opened in 1990 as a rebuttal to the country's spate of traditional burger-and-fries chains. Today, each location upholds the eatery’s original mission of providing an alternative to traditional fast food with a kitchen that fires meats, chops farm-fresh produce, and pours house-made salsa over grilled tortillas. Guests can nosh on tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas amid a dining room with decor more bright and cheery than the sun after it eats a bag of pixie stix for breakfast.
A quick pumpkin-carriage ride from Disneyland, Casa Gamino is home to a magic all its own. It is, to be certain, a much more delicious kind of magic, characterized by an enormous menu of Mexican cuisine. Chicken, carne asada, and shrimp fill the restaurant's tacos and enchiladas, but even these don't qualify as the main attraction. That honor goes to the well-stocked buffet, available on weekends. There's even a menu specifically for children and guests allergic to everything but chicken nuggets.