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Chasee into Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

Chicken flautas
Chicken flautas
Linda Mensinga

Downtown Brea bustles with shoppers, diners and those just out for a stroll. Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen is a busy attraction for their Mexican food and drinks. Voted best happy hour and best margarita by the Orange County Register, the tapas and margarita menus more than justify the honor.

A fun selection of margaritas includes the Classic, made with El Jimador 100% Blue Agave, Cointreau, fresh lime and agave nectar. Fresh Watermelon is perfect for the seaon with El Jimador, fresh watermelon, hibiscus juice, fresh lime and agave nectar. They also make a Cha Cha Martini with Pura Vida premium tequila, Chartreuse, fresh cucumber and lime.

The Happy Hour Menu boasts the usual Mexican dishes but they done with particular finesse. The combination of the almost lyrical tomatillo salsa with tortilla chips would almost suffice as a happy hour. Yet the other dishes call for attention.

The luscious Queso Fundido, $8,is made with chorizo, portobello mushrooms and poblano peppers and tastes great on the chips or soft tortillas. Manilla Clams, $7, are sautéed with garlic and Spanish chorizo, these are briny and the broth too good to leave in the bowl.

The crispy Chicken Flautas, $7, are served with a mango-habanero salsa. The kitchen definitely has a way with salsas. Nothing is too spicy hot unless you ask.

The Shrimp Ceviche is marinated in orange and lime juices with Serrano chile, red onion and avocado.

Cha Cha’s has live musicThursday – Saturday evenings.

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