Was in Costa Mesa (Orange County) trying to find a beauty supply item and noticed as I was driving through the little shopping center lot I was hungry for a late lunch.
I saw this little place (Panificadora Bakery) with a sign in the window -- "Empanades" -- and went in for one. I thought they'd be the meat kind. They weren't.
They had other hot lunch menu items and it smelled so authentic in there, I wasn't disappointed about the empanadas being just the sweet bakery kind. I ordered some pork in a thick green sauce served with rice and beans and corn tortillas (although I'm sure the fat content was through the roof) and I ordered a tamale. The flavor was remarkable. I wish I could tell you more of what was in it - but nobody in there spoke English very well and I, not Spanish very well.
Panificadora is actually a bakery and they have a long wall of glass doors with many, many Mexican pastries tempting me from behind them. I don't know how fresh they were 'cause I didn't get one. Cookies, too. Decorated cakes, too. In addition, they had some really colorful and seemingly well-made (is that good?) Pinatas.
So, it being close to Cinco de Mayo, I thought I'd post my discovery.
2200 Harbor Blvd.
(it's cross-street is Wilson - which is about one mile near 19th street where the Triangle Center is [where Harbor Blvd. ends at Newport Blvd =:])