Second Anepalco's Opens Today; Already Awesome, and Features the Best New Burger in Orange County

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Godinez at work at the old spot

I eat at Anepalco's Cafe in Orange enough enough so that I've gotten to know chef-owner Danny Godinez pretty well, the kind of relationship where he tells me things months in advance, then swears me to secrecy because he knows I won't blabber about it to everyone until he says it's nice and ready. So the new Anepalco's at the Ayres Hotel in Orange? Have known about that project for months. Am glad to report it's opening today, Godinez's platters are awesome--and he has created the best new burger in Orange County, topping even the much-lionized Umami Burger, which opened this weekend to a collective county shrug.

Godinez had a packed preview dinner this past weekend, a four-course meal with more than a few highlights showing what a chingón he already is and will become in this new spot.


The meal started with a rich, buttery lobster bisque enlivened with bits of habanero and cebollitas, which added a hint of heat and crispiness. Straightforward, and a good starter before the...


badly named, wonderfully tasting Ayres Spring Mix salad. It was more than just a bunch of greens tossed together: think beet puree, roasted peanuts, and a creamy, fluffy requesón sauce, simultaneously light and hearty.

For a third course, eaters got to choose between a Mexican ratatouille (which is at the original Anepalco's off Main Street in Orange), a tilapia that was marvelous, or Godinez' take on al pastor via pork tenderloin. I chose the latter.

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Anepalco's Cafe

3737 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA

Category: General

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Ian Davis
Ian Davis

As a burger aficionado, I look forward to trying Huitlacoche Burger. I love all the rest of the stuff at Anepalco's, so I have high expectations. And I agree that Umami Burger is way overrated. Mick's Karma Burger is so far the best in the OC. 


Never mind, JFGI'd it.  Though I now know why corn fungus scares the bejeezus out of midwestern farmers, I could not get a good idea of what it tastes like.  I suppose it would be rather hard to describe without saying "fungus-like."


Looks interesting. Why is the huitlacoche the bane of midwestern farmers?  Does it actually taste like a truffle or is it different?

Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Jones

Wow, and now I'm hungry. I keep hearing people say there aren't any good restaurants in Orange County, but here's another to add to my long, long list of 'proof' that there are amazing restaurants here. Can't wait to try it!

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

Anyone that makes that statement has been huffing paint.

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