No. 61: Panuchos from Conde Cakes

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Dave Lieberman

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The single biggest proof that Mexico's cuisine is not some heterogeneous amalgamation of meats wrapped in tortillas and sauced (and cheesed, if you're from the breakaway part of Mexico known as Texas) is the existence of Yucatán food. It's got Caribbean soul, a love for intensely hot chile sauces, and a need to use more vinegar than the other 31 states and territories put together.

One of the only places to get Yucatecan food in Orange County isn't even a restaurant; it's a bakery. Conde Cakes has a menu of snacks from the Yucatán, and the queen of the snacks is the panucho (no, not the panocha--clean that dirty mind of yours). A masa cake stuffed with wonderful black beans redolent of bay, onions and cilantro, then with turkey (or chicken) cooked in recado colorado and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and pungent, acidic marinated red onions that cut right through the richness. One's a snack; two's a meal. They're amazing.

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The list so far this time around:


No. 62: Sandwich and Egg Cream from Benjie's
No. 63: Margherita from TJ's Woodfire Pizza
No. 64: Macaroon at Disneyland
No. 65: The Sputnik at Rick's Atomic Cafe
No. 66: Corn Dog from Disney California Adventure's Corn Dog Palace
No. 67: Bacon Fried Rice at The Loft Hawaiian
No. 68: Charcuterie and Cheese at SideDoor
No. 69: Burger (With Duck Confit) at Watermarc
No. 70: Korokke Pan at Cream Pan
No. 71: Chorizo and Quail Egg on Toast at Sol del Sur
No. 72: Fried Brussels Sprouts at 320 Main
No. 73: G-Style Fries at G Burger
No. 74: Fried Cuttlefish at Benley
No. 75: Roti at Bangok Taste
No. 76: Wet Burrito at 301 Cafe
No. 77: Pork Curry at Miyabi-Tei
No. 78: Bánh Tieu at Bánh Mì So 1
No. 79: Any Sandwich at the Crosby
No. 80: Fish Pho at Pho Vinh Ky II
No. 81: Quesadilla Chilanga at Alebrije's Grill
No. 82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck
No. 83: Nem Nuong Cuon at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
No. 84: Wild Boar Balinese Sausage at Valhalla Table
No. 85: Comida Corrida at Taquería La Raza
No. 86: Breakfast Burrito at Troy's Drive-In
No. 87: Mandoo at L&M Liquor and Deli
No. 88: Chicago Dog at Chicago Harv's
No. 89: Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Pee Wee's Famous
No. 90: Kaya-Stuffed French Toast at Chomp Chomp
No. 91: Egg Breakfast at Rick's Atomic Kitchen
No. 92: Sticky Rice With Chicken at Quan Hy
No. 93: Beef Koobideh at Hen House Grill
No. 94: $5 Fish Bento at Bentoss
No. 95: Milanesa Sandwich at Piaggio's Gourmet on Wheels
No. 96: Samurai Burrito at Wafu of Japan
No. 97: Carnitas Gordita at Bodega R Ranch Market
No. 98: Spam Musubi at k'ya Street Fare
No. 99: Tortilla Andorra at Anepalco's
No. 100: Lemongrass Chicken, Extra Spicy at Vietnam's Pearl

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Location Info

Conde Cakes

2050 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA

Category: Restaurant


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