San Clemente’s El Ranchito

San Clemente’s El Ranchito restaurant will cap the Avilas family’s celebration.

As a teenager in Huntington Park in 1966, Victor Avila would stop into his parents’ newly opened restaurant after school to help with whatever needed to be done. It was just Salvador and Margarita running it, but the entire family…

Avila’s Guava Margarita

Avila’s Guava Margarita at Avila’s El Ranchito, Our Drink of the Week!

Now that Cinco de Drinko is over, let’s celebrate a real raza victory: 2016 is the 50th anniversary of Avila’s El Ranchito, OC’s own Mexican-restaurant chain. It might’ve started in Huntington Park, but the other 10 locations are in la naranja, and the…

Newport beach El Ranchito

OC Metro: Avila’s El Ranchito dishes out strong family traditions

The restaurant business runs in Maribel Avila’s blood. Her first unofficial job at her family’s restaurant, Avila’s El Ranchito, came at age 4, when she handed menus to customers. In high school, she became a hostess. Now the 27-year-old manages…

Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

Best of Orange County – Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

Highlights: The house margarita features a family recipe that has existed for more than 40 years. The pomegranate margarita is made with 100 percent pomegranate juice. Cadillac margaritas can be made with your choice of tequila. Claim to fame: Consistency with…