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El Campeon

31921 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA - (949) 489-9767
El Campeon is a restaurant / bakery / grocery / fresh-juice purveyor that offers great Mexican food at bargain prices. English is barely a second language here, but even those who do not speak Spanish will have little difficulty standing in line and pointing to the ingredients they want in their taco, torta, or burrito.
100% Approval Rating (3 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fresh Juice
Menudo (Large Bowl)
Torta
Burrito
Taco

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (11)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Orange County sports many stylish restaurants that beckon to gentry and gentry wannabes. It also has more than its share of fast-food franchises. And it has El Campeon, an inexpensive, cafeteria-style restaurant serving Mexican street food. This is not prettied-up and ..."   [Read More]
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karen torimaru
January 15, 2011
"I agree with Michael's assessment of the food at El Campeón (The Champion). I live in L.A. but whenever we take a trip where we have to drive by SJC we stop here. Not only is the food great but we also love the decor, which reflects the owner's love of fútbol(AKA ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

31921 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA
(949) 489-9767

http://www.elcampeon.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Carnitas means little meat, but there is nothing small about the savor of the shreds and hunks of roasted pork in this taco.
"Carnitas means little meat, but there is nothing small about the savor of the shreds and hunks of roasted pork in this taco."
Michael Stern





Barbacoa is really messy, making this taco a multi-napkin eating experience. I was licking every bit of it off my fingertips before I was through.
"Barbacoa is really messy, making this taco a multi-napkin eating experience. I was licking every bit of it off my fingertips before I was through."
Michael Stern


Carne asada, pre-sauce
"Carne asada, pre-sauce"
Michael Stern


Fresh juices are a specialty at El Campeon. This is watermelon. Not watermelon-flavored water, but real watermelon juice.
"Fresh juices are a specialty at El Campeon. This is watermelon. Not watermelon-flavored water, but real watermelon juice."
Michael Stern


The sweetened rice milk known as horchata glows with a refreshing halo of cinnamon.
"The sweetened rice milk known as horchata glows with a refreshing halo of cinnamon."
Michael Stern


Among the juice flavors available at El Campeon are melon, tamarind, strawberry, orange, and mango. You also can drink a strawberry, banana, or papaya shake.
"Among the juice flavors available at El Campeon are melon, tamarind, strawberry, orange, and mango. You also can drink a strawberry, banana, or papaya shake."
Michael Stern


Here is how you get your tacos, ready to unwrap and eat off counter or dashboard.
"Here is how you get your tacos, ready to unwrap and eat off counter or dashboard."
Michael Stern


Three tacos getting built at the counter
"Three tacos getting built at the counter"
Michael Stern


Some sandwich! All sorts of tortas are available, the grand champion containing whatever meat you like along with beans, ham, head cheese, grilled cheese, guacamole, sour cream, chipotle sauce, lettuce, and tomato.
"Some sandwich! All sorts of tortas are available, the grand champion containing whatever meat you like along with beans, ham, head cheese, grilled cheese, guacamole, sour cream, chipotle sauce, lettuce, and tomato."
Michael Stern


The lengua taco, with plenty of savory beef tongue.
"The lengua taco, with plenty of savory beef tongue."
Cliff Strutz


The large bowl of menudo comes with fresh limes, sliced onion and parsley on the side.
"The large bowl of menudo comes with fresh limes, sliced onion and parsley on the side."
Cliff Strutz


El Campeon is located in a small shopping mall with plenty of parking outside. Its honest, low-cost food served with utmost informality is an anomaly in this part of the world.
"El Campeon is located in a small shopping mall with plenty of parking outside. Its honest, low-cost food served with utmost informality is an anomaly in this part of the world."
Michael Stern


Brendon Crawford and Paco Valentine, members of the band Blonde Bazaar, along with ''groupies'' Stephanie Crawford and Giselle Otamendi, at the counter inside El Campeon.
"Brendon Crawford and Paco Valentine, members of the band Blonde Bazaar, along with ''groupies'' Stephanie Crawford and Giselle Otamendi, at the counter inside El Campeon."
Michael Stern



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