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Dear OC Killers: Can You Stop Murdering People Outside Great Mexican Restaurants?

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Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Surveillance footage from El Chile Picante...get the Michoacán-style enchiladas!

Last week, SanTana Police Department officials released video stills of two men harassing another man whom police say they'd go on to murder just outside El Chile Picante. And for the umpteenth time, I threw up my fists and screamed in frustration.

See, Orange County killers have this nasty habit of murdering people just outside Mexican restaurants. And not just any ol' place, but some of the better spots in Orange County. El Chile Picante, in particular, is a fine Michoacán-style place that I reviewed in 2009--and it's now the fifth place I've reviewed where someone ate at before getting murdered.

Um, OC killers: can ustedes stop doing that?


To wit:

*In 2011, two men were stabbed to death outside Albatros in Lake Forest, which just happens to have the best California burrito north of San Diego.

*That same year, two men were shot to death outside Taquería Zamora in SanTana, which just happens to be my go-to Mexican restaurant for meetings.

*A month before that murder, someone got killed in the parking lot of Taquería Tapatía, which just happens to have the best 2 a.m. burrito in Orange County that's not Albatros' California burrito.

*In 2010, a man got killed inside Panadería La Chapina, one of the few Guatemalan eateries left in Orange County. Yeah, Guatemalan isn't Mexican, but roll with me here...

We don't believe in murder of any kind 'round here, of course, but why do these pendejos have to kill outside the best spots, thereby scaring people away? Then again, Albatros and Taquería Zamora are as packed as they've always been, proving that people are more than willing to brave possible murders and inevitable fights for some good Mexican food. Story of its life, alas...

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Thomas Arcala
Thomas Arcala

I drive by this restaurant everyday. It is sad to hear people are that evil that they would wake up one day and decide they are going to stab someone to death. smh.

Erk Audelo Leon
Erk Audelo Leon

Una historia muy triste. ¿Refugiarte en un negocio para después salir y ser asesinado? Me pongo a pensar si la victima los conocía y sabía de lo que eran capaz estos individuos. Sabía que eran 2 vs 1, ¿para qué salir? Una vida perdida a lo puro tarado, pero si eran pandilleros, el destino lo buscan ellos. Lo que me conmueve es no saber si era un ciudadano ejemplar. En fin..

Minina Bravo
Minina Bravo

Por Dios!! Gustavo, que no maten gente en ningún lado!!

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Yeah, but what about all those OC Klansmen who lynched Negroes in front of Marie Calendars franchises? 

justino_bambino
justino_bambino

albertros is the best mexican food in south county? bahaha. good one. this isnt a "mexican food" problem. its a mexican problem.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Philip: Gracias for thinking it was funny! Joe: How about no murders? Rona: Thanks! Lenny: Hmm... Minhpd: No... George: Um, okay...

FFO1939
FFO1939

It's in their blood.

yassira78
yassira78

I love your stories..  :)  Have a great day...  

George Lopez
George Lopez

Its cuz the Mexican restaurant are where the cholos are always at ese

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Should they find French restaurants instead?

Philip Cosores
Philip Cosores

Good rule of publishing: People dying is never funny. No matter what. ammirite?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Frank07 There's been some improvement in 500 years. En la edad pre-Columbiana they  not only killed the dudes, but put them in the Chile Verde.

Mmmm -- longpork!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@FFranco80 But better single murders than genocides like your hero, pendejo!

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