Fantastic Hole-In-The-Wall Mexican Food.
It's a crying shame there?s only 1 review for Las Golondrinas, and it's from a guy who doesn't know what he's talking about. I've eaten at the Laguna Hills and the SJC locations for years, and I've never seen an orange cheese sauce.
The tacos are phenomenal (and only $1.25 on Tuesdays). They are also very filling. I've had "large" co-workers buy 4 tacos their first time going to Las Golondrinas (they figured $1.25 tacos couldn't possibly be that big...) only to give away 1 or even 2 of the tacos because they are stuffed.
The quesadillas are loaded with melted, SHREDDED cheddar cheese and a red sauce. The tamales are also fantastic, and I must point out, very authentic. You can get the normal Pork/Beef/Chicken tamales, as well as some delicious dessert sweet tamales.
I convinced my boss to get Las Golondrinas for catering once. There were happy smiles all over the office. Mf boss made a point to say that it was the first time that NO ONE complained about the catering. That's pretty amazing when it even beats out Pizza for broad acceptance. Needless to say, we've gotten catering from Las Golondrinas many more times.
Did I mention the chips and guacamole? The chips, which are made in the restaurant, have the most magnificent corn flavor. I've never, ever eaten a chip anywhere else that even comes close to the explosion of corn flavor that these chips contain. The guacamole is some of the best guacamole I have ever eaten. Perfectly flavored, and premium texture. Yes, the texture of guacamole is very important.
Las Golondrinas is mainly a catering/take-out restaurant, so there are not a lot of tables (like, 2). Especially if you are going to go on Tuesday, try to arrive before noon. Better yet, call in your order and take it to go!
Other Mexican restaurants I like (IE, my taste profile):
Taqueria El Granjenal in Costa Mesa, Albertacos in Mission Viejo, Taco Mesa, Chronic Tacos,
Cafe Maiz (Only the tamale. What a tamale!)
Not authentic at all. I'm not from Mexico but I'm pretty sure that nacho cheese (the orange stuff you get at baseball games and movie theaters) is not authentic. The worst "mexican" food I've ever had.
Editorial Review. Enjoy homemade Mexican specialties to go; fresh tamales and burritos featured; catering available.