by Christina Scannapiego San Clemente Times
1/2 Stars LOS PATIOS
W. Avenida Palizada, 949.492.0162
Los Patios, located in the Old
City Plaza near Adele’s Café, has always been
a Mexican restaurant of some kind. But when
Carlos Frutos took over the spot in 2003, he
revamped the entire place. What some used to
describe as “Mexican take-out” became completely
renovated, redecorated and doubled in size.
Now, the family-run business offers extensive
inside dining-room seating as well as outdoor
patio seating and caters receptions and events.
Dollar Tacos are the special all day on Tuesdays,
and Thursdays offer $1 enchiladas all day. Regulars
stand by their seafood dishes like Alida’s Favorite:
chicken breast and shrimp with a garlic chipotle
sauce, rice and veggies. Portions are huge—and
that includes the margaritas. Breakfast burritos
and huevos rancheros are popular among the morning
crowd. And interestingly enough, lunch guests
can even find a Philly cheese-steak sandwich
with jalapenos. A live acoustic guitarist plays
every Thursday night.