A Little Brea Nostalgia

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I know I'm focusing on a small part of Orange County, but does anyone remember either of these gems? -Sandy's Casita. Full Story
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ExLA

Austin, TX

#1 Aug 20, 2007
Joe's Special Burrito...the BEST!
thertr

United States

#2 Feb 16, 2008
the taquitos were fantastic, the guacamole superb and the BEST salsa. I would go there every Wed....really hated when they moved downtown and then with the restoration they just disappeared
Brigette

Van Nuys, CA

#3 Feb 18, 2008
Nope, don't remember them at all. Where were they???
Tequila Willie

Bethpage, NY

#4 Mar 20, 2008
I'd pay $100 for that Salsa recipe !
Danny K

San Diego, CA

#5 Oct 24, 2008
Joe's Special was IT!!!!
Pork chili verde burrito i...red enchilada sauce and cheese outside...lambert and brea blvd...Sandy Savala was a nice gentleman
Mike S

La Palma, CA

#6 May 5, 2009
I really miss the ground beef tacos, tostadas, and salsa. Remember the avocada catchers on the patio? Try Mi Casa in Costa Mesa for salsa-been going there 30 years.
BreaRulesSonoraD rools

Leesburg, VA

#7 Sep 9, 2009
Remember Sandy's was up on Central to begin with, then moved down near the corner of Central and Brea Blvd, then downtown before closing.
Their closing brought the extinction of their unique one-of-a-kind French dressing.
They could've bottled that stuff and made millions!
Corey Hall

Brea, CA

#8 Oct 10, 2009
Hi,

I run a small blog about Brea Canyon. It's my understanding that Sandy's casita was at the mouth of Brea Canyon (Brea blvd and central would place it there) If anyone would be kind enough to send me some info on Sandy's that would be great. Simply send me an email at super_spiel@gmail.com (delete _)
My blog is http://breacanyonblog.blogspot.com/
I'll give you credit for the info that you give me.

Thanks,

Corey
PAL

AOL

#9 Nov 26, 2009
I run a small blog about Brea Canyon. It's my understanding that Sandy's casita was at the mouth of Brea Canyon (Brea blvd and central would place it there) If anyone would be kind enough to send me some info on Sandy's that would be great. Simply send me an email at super_spiel@gmail.com (delete _)
My blog is http://breacanyonblog.blogspot.com/
I'll give you credit
for the info that you give me.
I replied:
Corey, that is correct. my buddy Steve Lewis worked there in the mid early mid 70's. They were south of the mental hospital on Brea Blvd, and the "Joe's Special burrito" was $1.65. The most wonderful pork and green Chile burrito topped with melted cheese! I have never come close to it anywhere (and still have cravings)! since the Marques sisters let Sandys go out of biz, not even trying to sell it so it could continue? This was a great disservice and loss for all their customers I'm sure!!
Roo64

Bowling Green, KY

#10 Jan 29, 2010
I grew up eating there when it was next to Little Home Dairy, before the psyc hospital was there. After pounding a Joe's special you'd go next door and buy a box of milk. Yes, a 2.5 gallon box that would fit in your fridge. Both places ruled!!!
Roo64

Bowling Green, KY

#11 Jan 29, 2010
Oh ya, it was just north of the intersection of central and brea blvd, right there as you entered the canyon.
Mercedes

Rancho Mirage, CA

#12 Nov 4, 2011
Thanks for this thread! I was only 3 or 4 and had my 1st enchelada, beans & rice meal there! It's my fave Mex meal to this day. So sad to learn its gone, but the memory remains!
fireengineer59

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Dec 24, 2011
I used to work there, had some great times. The Joe' Burrito was my favorite
Bill

United States

#14 Jan 26, 2012
I loved the place as a kid. Our horse club, The Fullerton Recreational Riders, would ride our horses there and they had tie rails and water buckets in the back for our horses. I watched Secretariat win that race by 32 lengths there in the early 70's.
Joe Z

Carson, CA

#15 Jul 26, 2012
Wow... Sandy's was great!
richie s

Brea, CA

#16 Oct 18, 2013
Sandys is legend now...the best mex food I ever had,ate there most of my early life,Joe and Dana gave us a memorable establishment and times I will never forget,Joe's dad Sandy started the whole thing and after his passing Joe carried it on until he sold it in the mid 80s,hugely missed and talked about to this very day....RS 2013
david fritz

United States

#17 Nov 21, 2013
My grandmother tillie worked there when i was a lil boy she would have me in the kitchen with her while she was cooking it was one of the best in my life . The smell of the food cooking and the way she cooked when you tasted it you knew in heart that she love into what she did
Emmy

Anaheim, CA

#18 Dec 18, 2013
In the mid-70's I worked at the hospital jut north of Sandy's... Joe's special Burrito was the best ever!
Timbo

Montebello, CA

#19 Dec 25, 2013
I used to go to this place with my Grandfather and we would get it to go. He would take everything out of the bags and check it. Joes special was the best. Much later I found out my wifes brother in law would take them all there for dinner. We probably saw each other there as kids but we would come from la habra to get this good food. Nothing compares today but la esquina was good as was Rudy's all gone now.
Marty

La Habra, CA

#20 Jan 14, 2014
I used to work at the Mobil gas station on the corner and they had a take out window on the side and had their tacos almost everyday

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