In 1976, Enrique Haro opened La Choza Mexican Restaurant in West Los Angeles on Olympic Blvd. La Choza’s roots come from the meaning “the hut” where Haro literally started the restaurant from a single family home, later remodeled and renamed Tia Juana.
Enrique was inspired to open his own restaurant after helping his father establish the family’s first restaurant in Venice Beach, California in 1962. His father Carlos Haro Sr. was the first person to bring freshly made, traditional handmade tortillas to an eatery in Los Angeles. They wanted to transport the native Mexican style of cooking to America. Haro says that it’s “like how a family would gather around a dinner table while Mama was slapping away at tortillas, so we could enjoy them with our food.”
In 2007, after a storied history in Los Angeles, he relocated the restaurant to Huntington Beach. He brought his employees, original menu and homemade tortillas to Orange County; reviving the original name La Choza. His mother, Alicia, has been with the restaurant since its inception and is still running the kitchen every day. She says she doesn’t mind the work because “it’s like cooking for my family. It’s just a very big family.”
La Choza Mexican Restaurant features traditional Mexican dishes that are made from scratch daily. We want you to have the feeling that you’re coming home to a hot, home cooked meal in a warm, pleasant environment with the sound of tortillas makers’ hands patting masa to greet you. It’s almost as if they’re applauding you for choosing to eat here.
Welcome home…..welcome to La Choza!