For a food post tonight, I turn to Gustavo Arellano

Gustavo, as those of us lucky to read him down here via the OC Weekly and various other locales have long happily known, is not merely one of the funniest and most passionate writers on both local Latino history and the Mexican-American experience in general — his wonderfully barbed column ¡Ask a Mexican! has been entertaining people and/or driving them up a wall for years. He’s also a great music critic and excellent food writer. So basically he has the life I want. Not that I’m jealous. (Okay, a little.)

Anyway, he posted a brief piece on the top 5 Mexican restaurants in O.C. over at the LA Times, and if he says it, it must be true. I’m not brooking any argument here. And having tried none of them yet, I’m long past overdue.


4 Responses to “For a food post tonight, I turn to Gustavo Arellano”

  1. Boo Says:

    Like you, I appreciate Arellano’s writing, but I will take exception with him re: the one restaurant amongst these five that I’ve tried. Having been to both El Fortin and Guelaguetza, I preferred the latter even though it required a trek to Koreatown. I’d probably even put El Moctezuma (a Oaxacan restaurant in Orange) ahead of El Fortin. None of that should imply that I did not enjoy my meal at El Fortin, however.

  2. Ned Raggett Says:

    It might be a bit of OC pride showing there with his choice. But hey, why not. Anyway, now there’s another name to try, thanks!

  3. Gustavo Arellano Says:

    Gracias for the kind words. Boo: me picking El Fortin over Guelaguetza does involve a bit of boosterism, but I gotta stick with the unbiased view as well. El Fortin is better. Guelaguetza is good, but only that: good. I must say no restaurant is more overhyped-but-still-good-but-not great like that one!

  4. Ned Raggett Says:

    Heya Gustavo, you’re quite welcome, thanks for stopping by! Remind me to pass on a comment from a friend, Andrea, about a piece of yours in the Weekly a few months back — she was quite moved.

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