El Campeon

Top choice mexican in San Juan Capistrano

For real-deal Mexican food, in a strip mall south of the mission, try this multiroom restaurant, panadería (bakery) and mercado (grocery store). Look for tacos, tostadas and burritos in freshly made tortillas, pozole (hominy stew) and pork carnitas served cafeteria-style, and aguas frescas (fruit drinks) in flavors like watermelon, strawberry and grapefruit.

In the bakery, grab a tray and tongs and serve yourself from the display case from breads and pastries starting at just 59¢, croissants to Mexican cheesecake and concha (sweet rolls topped with seashell-pattern cookie topping).