“Many of El Mexicali’s regulars would say the restaurant feels like home. For owner Monica Murguia, that’s the truth. Murguia and her three sisters grew up in the eatery’s kitchen, learning how to cook and serve their mother Carmen’s delicious family recipes. Of all the dishes Murguia has mastered, costillas de puerco con nopales is her favorite. The cooks at El Mexicali simmer pork riblets in spices and a made-from-scratch red sauce until the meat falls off the bone. They finish the entrée with tender slices of cactus pad, or nopales, and add rice and beans and housemade tortillas on the side…”

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