Hungry? In San Juan Capistrano at an expedition of the beautiful Mission San Juan? Take a load off and enjoy a meal at Taqueria El Campeon.
Serving up classic lunch specials such as, tortas, tacos and burritos as well as soups, taquitos and agua de fruta, El Campeon is a local hot spot. Whenever I arrive, there is always a line.
The food is worth the wait. The service, unless you speak Spanish, is less than favorable (and even being of Latin decent, not speaking Spanish put me at odds with the staff). Regardless, if you’re in the area you have to go.
I took Rachell, for her first time and mine, to Mission San Juan. We didn’t pack a lunch for the endeavor so when our stomachs told us the hour, I remembered El Campeon was just down the street. It was about noon when we entered and fortunately the line wasn’t long. Rachell ordered the taquitos dorades and I had the torta la tijera (carnitas). I am a BIG fan of carnitas, huge fan. And I’ve frequented the eatery enough to know that the marinade used with the pork was fantastic. We each, also, had a beverage or agua de fruta; Rach had watermelon and I the banana. GREAT drinks, one might even stop just for a refreshment. The meal, outstanding.
Our total came to less than twenty dollars ($20) and that was two plates of food and two specialty drinks. Not bad, nope, not bad at all.
In the end, I would definitely recommend El Campeon as an eatery to try.
Without a doubt, check it out!