Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen
Gabbi prepares sumptuous Mexican cuisine in the open–air kitchen that she and her husband Ed had designed especially for their new restaurant.

Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen is spicing things up in Old Towne, where Gabbi and Ed Patrick have opened their much–anticipated eatery at the former site of Plaza 42 antiques store at 141 South Glassell.

Overseeing the renovation of the space, the couple has created a special atmosphere for serving up Gabbi’s tasty and traditional menu of Mexican cuisine. The original brick from 1904 is now the backdrop for the restaurant, where an extensive tequila bar graces a portion of the space.

A top chef, Gabbi was only 17 years old when she began running two of her mother’s restaurants. Putting herself through culinary school at UCLA and Greystone Academy in Napa Valley, Gabbi specializes in very traditional Mexican food, also inspired by the couple’s extensive travels through Mexico. The entrees served at Gabbi’s incorporate regions like Yucatan, Oaxaca, and Veracruz, to name a few.

“It’s a great atmosphere and a great building,” said Ed. “You can put it right in Central Mexico. And Gabbi is one of the best chefs of Mexican food there is. Her sauces and salsas are very unique, and we make homemade tortillas fresh everyday.”

Open from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen provides a destination for people who enjoy after–hours dining. The full bar features a wide selection of premium tequilas and other drinks.

“We attract a whole realm of customers, from city people and local residents to people from other parts of Orange County,” said Ed. “People are excited to have a place they can come to that stays open later.”

The couple, who also own a catering company in Costa Mesa (, say that Old Towne is the perfect location for their restaurant.

“We saw the town and the building and it reminded us of a little pueblo in Mexico. It’s such a neat town.”

Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen
141 South Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92866 / 714-633-3038

Published in the Sep/Oct 2006 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Mike Escobedo

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