Miguel’s Jr. expanded into Orange County last year, bringing this family owned Mexican fast food restaurant into the Tustin Marketplace with authentic signature home style recipes Mary Vasquez created with only the freshest ingredients.
Back in May, at their grand opening, I had a chance to attend a media event and just loved the atmosphere of Miguel’s Jr. in Tustin. Bright blue walls, friendly staff to greet you as you walk into the door, I felt right at home. We had a chance to meet Mary, the founder and her sons as they told us about their rooted beginnings in the Inland Empire and their goal to keep Miguel’s authentic.
Founded in 1975, the original Miguel’s Restaurant was opened by Mike and Mary Vasquez in the Inland Empire (11 locations), Miguel’s is quickly becoming quite popular in Orange County with their traditional Mexican food in Costa Mesa, Orange and now Tustin. Many of these recipes and flavors trace back to Mary’s childhood days in Central Mexico in the 1960’s.
It’s not unusual, even, for a Miguel’s Jr., customer to look up from a meal to see a smiling Mary Vasquez asking them how they are enjoying their dining experience. “I love visiting all the Miguel’s Jr. restaurants, even after all these years,” she said. “People ask me, ‘how is it that our food tastes the same today as it has all these many years?’ I tell them it’s simple: we make it with love. I even check with all of our cooks in all of the Miguel’s Jr.’s and ask them, ‘Are you cooking this with love?’”
Enjoy rich burritos, combinations that include authentic tacos, enchiladas, taquitos, chile rellenos and chile verde; all made with fresh ingredients. As a matter of fact, we were invited to tour the kitchen and see the giant pots of refried beans that are cooked up to perfection daily.
Miguel’s Jr. has finally decided to expand their menu items in to the realm of breakfast! Southern Californians can enjoy nine newly created breakfast items, including six breakfast versions of the Miguel’s Jr. Original and Garbage burritos, widely recognized as the best burritos in the Inland Empire. The new breakfast menu also includes three newly created breakfast combination plates for customers wanting to enjoy Miguel’s Jr.’s famous home-style cooking in a non-burrito format.
The new menu will be served from 6am to 11am weekdays and 7am to 1pm weekends at the South Corona Miguel’s Jr. (2320 Compton Avenue), with rollout to all 14 Miguel’s Jr. locations expected by mid-June. Wile most locations are in the Inland Empire, Orange County enjoys authentic Mexican dishes at these locations:
Orange: 1325 Tustin Street, Orange 92867 (714) 633-4000
Costa Mesa: 141 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa 92627 (714) 646-2153
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Disclaimer: We were invited to a media tasting to share our experience at the new Miguel’s Jr in Tustin opening soon, no compensation was received. Experiences may vary.