During our travels in the Airstream (aka Mali Mish), we run across some of the most amazing little restaurants that make our hearts pitter patter and our full stomaches asking for just one more bite. Instead of keeping them a secret for ourselves, we are going to be kind and share the details. Bless our hearts.

Over New Year’s break, we spent some time camping with our Airstream in San Onofre, California. Dan had an early morning conference call so we drove into San Clemente so he could steal borrow the Wi-Fi from Starbucks and so Ava and I could grab a bite to eat. There were a few greasy spoons within walking distances but none of them were calling our names. We were just about to give in as I caught a glimpse of this place from the corner of my eye. La Tiendita Mexican Restaruant. Whenever Dan and I need to make a decision on which unknown restaurant to try, we usually steer towards Mexican food… and 9 out of 10 times, we make a good decision. This was no exception.
La Tiendita

La Tiendita is not only a restaurant with a walk-up window but it’s also a little grocery store too. They sell items from Mexican sodas to hot sauces to deli meats to chilies. And I must mention that the lady the worked behind the counter was as friendly as they come and so helpful when trying to decide what to order for my little toddler.

And with all breakfast plates costing $4.95 or less, we were sold.

Dan ordered the chorizo and eggs plate. Everything tasted super fresh.

I order the chili relleno breakfast plate and this picture is making my mouth water all over again. Seriously. And I just had lunch.

And our little Ava got the breakfast burrito… and enjoyed eating the insides. She is currently anti-tortilla but we are relentlessly working on reversing that craziness.

In a couple of weeks, we will be in the Orange County area again… and you better believe that we will be making a special trip to San Clemente just to eat at La Tiendita all over again. Yum.

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Rich Luhr · February 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Next time you come to Tucson, I’ll show you some of our favorite Mexican places!

marlene · February 10, 2009 at 11:01 am

thanks rich! all this talk of mexican food is making me think that a road trip to mexico should be in our future too…

carrie · February 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

i have complete faith that Rich won’t let you down!

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