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La Sirena Grill heralds fine Mexican cuisine

July 25, 2003

shrimp, salmon and albacore plus carnitas (shredded pork), marinated

grilled chicken and carne asada (grilled marinated steak). These are

incredibly priced from $1.85 to $3. With the addition of

herb-marinated vegetables, similar fillings distinguish burritos made

with flour tortillas and tortas sandwiching lettuce, tomatoes,

guacamole, jack cheese, jalapenos and aioli. Quesadilla aficionados

are sure to flip over the basic filling of sauteed mushrooms, onions,

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jack cheese and chipotle paste on giant flour tortillas generously

folded over any of the above and sided with succulent mounds of that

superlative guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

A big bowl of tortilla soup topped with pinto beans, cabbage,

queso fresco and fresh salsa is all of $2.25. Add 25 to 50 cents for

meat, chicken or pork, $1 more for blackened albacore or salmon.

Salads are dinner size presentations. An avocado-lime toss of greens,

avocado, tomatoes, onions and cheese is $6.25 going to $9.95 for

blackened salmon. As this is definitely a family favorite small fry

have their own little menu featuring taquitos, tacos, burritos,

quesadillas at a kid-priced $1.50 to $3.50.

* GLORI FICKLING is a longtime Laguna Beach resident who has

written restaurant news and views columns since 1966. She may be reached at 494-4710 or by e-mail at ghoneywest@aol.com.

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