Acapulco Mexican Restaurant y Cantina is a chain of Mexican restaurant based in Southern California. It is a casual and relaxed neighborhood restaurant which was founded in Pasadena. Most of their restaurants are located all over Southern California.
Their menu is typical Mexican food; appetizers, tostadas, ensaladas and soups, fajitas, quesadillas and burritos, mariscos and desserts. The drinks include margaritas, tequilas, beer and tropical drinks.
We went to their Atwater Village location, Atwater is a district of Los Angeles located northeast of downtown LA. The restaurant has typical Mexican motif with vibrant and bold colors of yellows, oranges and reds.
I had the carnitas which came with Mexican rice, refried beans and a salsa. Carnitas is very popular dish in the Mexican cuisine. Carnitas literally means “little meats” which is braised or roasted pork. The traditional way of cooking carnitas is simmering the meat in a slow heat, seasonings usually includes salt, oregano, bay leaf and crushed garlic.
The meat is really tender, juicy and well seasoned. Most carnitas are usually dry but not the one I had. The Mexican rice is fluffy and not clumpy and also savory. The salsa is very good too and went well with the carnitas.
The service is a five star; the server is very friendly and attentive. The food was served 10 minutes after the order was taken. Food portion is huge you don’t have space for the desserts which I am sure are also great.
Acapulco may be a chain restaurant but their food is very authentic Mexican with great service and it is highly recommended. I have been going to Acapulco for years and they are consistently good.
The restaurant has closed several locations recently due to financial difficulties. The original restaurant located in Pasadena is one of the locations that closed.
Their website is www.acapulcorestaurants.com.
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