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Shrimp taquitos and a salad bowl at Carmelita's



Laguna Beach

$$$$Perfect For:Outdoor/Patio SituationDay Drinking
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We’re not sure why, but there’s a law that every fancy Mexican restaurant in Laguna must serve seafood enchiladas. Anyway, we’re here to tell you that the cheesy, gooey crab-filled ones at Carmelita’s are the best in town. Located right across the street from Main Beach, this OC mini-chain is our preferred choice for when we just want a spicy mango margarita, some chips and bean dip, and a sea breeze flowing through our hair. Order those enchiladas and some queso fundido (served in a casserole dish) and stake out a patio table just before sunset.

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