Eatery - Belinda's Authentic Mexican Food (CA)

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6072 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620
Pricing - $ | Dining - Casual, To-Go | Cuisine - Mexican

It was recommended to me to try this place out at some point but I never got to until fairly recently. I went with Duc since we were hungry and craving food before he had to go to work; luckily it wasn't during lunch hour which is when I heard that there is a lot of people. One of the first impressions I got when we turned into the plaza where this was located was that it looked dinky; in my mind, that means authentic food. The interior was also looking run-down but that was great because I felt like I would get a good hearty meal out of it. You should note that credit cards are accepted without a surcharge for orders over $10.

When we were ordering our meal, we got a choice in terms of drinks. When we stood there slightly undecided, the cashier promptly pulled out tasting cups and had us try the aqua frescas they had for the day. Cantaloupe, watermelon, and a pineapple spinach blend were the flavors, and they were all very delicious. Duc ended up choosing the pineapple spinach while I defaulted to horchata. The mix he got wasn't one we expected to see anywhere but it was quite refreshing; the citrus was cut by the spinach I guess. My horchata seemed to need to be filtered more but it was still quite good. We also got complimentary chips and salsa once we sat down (that salsa was hot!).

They are apparently well-known for their three taco special so we both got that with variations on each. The first plate had one chicken taco and two carnitas tacos, and the second plate had one carne asada taco and two chorizo tacos. The chicken was good but not all too memorable. What I remember tasting amazing were the carnitas (soft but smoky with lots of flavor and juices), carne asada (tender and full of flavor), and the chorizo (actual chorizo in chunks that were seasoned to perfection). Great tacos and good drinks - I'd come again for sure.