Photo By: Céline Haeberly
Photo By: Céline Haeberly

Dig Into These Hand-Picked Favorites From Coyote Grill in Laguna Beach

Did Someone Say Jalapeno Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp?

Written By: Taylor Gorski
Photography Provided By: Radley Pilanca and Kiley McDaniel Mexican Food Laguna Beach

Coyote Grill in Laguna Beach, known for its Baja-style Mexican cuisine, has ocean views and noteworthy dishes. Food is prepared fresh every day at this local favorite, and if you’re someone who orders the same thing every time you visit, it’s time to switch it up! Take advice from these experts and order one of their favorite delectable dishes next time you’re craving Coyote Grill, whether you want to dine outdoors on their patio, pickup food curbside or order delivery using Grubhub and DoorDash. 


1 | Beef Taquitos Mexican Food Laguna Beach

Employee Favorite: Desiree Gomez, General Manager

“Oh my goodness. I love our shredded beef and ranchero sauce. We make both in-house and it’s my go-to when I’m at a loss on what I want to eat. It’s quite a filling little snack, topped with sour cream and guacamole!” says Desiree Gomez, Coyote Grill general manager. The beef taquitos are packed with shredded beef inside a golden-crisp corn tortilla. Topped with ranchero sauce, guacamole, sour cream, tomato, onion and black olives, this will be your new favorite appetizer. 

2 | Chorizo & Eggs Mexican Food Laguna Beach

Employee Favorite: Radley Pilanca, Manager

“[I’m] not much of a breakfast person, BUT chorizo and eggs is my go-to when I do have a hearty appetite in the morning! ¡MUY DELICIOSO!” says manager Radley Pilanca. This drool-worthy breakfast comes with scrambled eggs, Mexican sausage, tomatoes and green onion, all topped with enchilada sauce and cheese. Choose a side to accompany this dish, such as potatoes, beans, sliced tomatoes or fruit. 


3 | Jalapeno Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp 

Employee Favorite: Kiley McDaniel, Manager 

“I think the heat of the Jalapeno bacon and the sweetness of the pineapple salsa—then adding shrimp and chipotle—is such a great combination. Every person I recommend it to falls in love with it,” says manager Kiley McDaniel. A featured, not-to-miss dish at Coyote Grill, these shrimp pack a punch. Six large shrimp are wrapped with mouthwatering jalapeno bacon and topped with chipotle cream sauce and pineapple chutney salsa. You’ll want to order two of these for the table!   


4 | Langostino Fajitas

Employee Favorite: Emma Lorenzo, Manager

“The sizzling aroma of the langostino on the steaming hot pan is not only a sight to see, but the taste can not compare to anything on the menu. Add a little steak on there for surf and turf. I’m so full after eating just half of it,” shares manager Emma Lorenzo. Sizzling lobster paired with grilled onions and bell peppers, then topped with enchilada sauce will have your mouth watering. Build your own tacos with the tortillas, rice and beans that come on the side. 


5 | Calamari Tacos Mexican Food Laguna Beach

Employee Favorite: Mark Evans, Bartender 

“I always tell my guests about the calamari tacos; they are simply the best thing on the menu. A beautiful calamari steak, lightly battered and fried to perfection, sliced into strips, piled into a warm flour tortilla, topped with fresh red cabbage, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and finished with our homemade white sauce. Of the thousands of calamari tacos I’ve suggested over 20 years—to this day—I have not had an unsatisfied guest. It’s a true Coyote Grill must,” explains bartender Mark Evans. A best-seller of Coyote Grill, you’ll keep coming back for these calamari tacos. 


Coyote Grill
31621 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!


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