Enjoying Rancho Santa Margarita's Lake

We were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the “Happy Hour” food and drinks outdoors on the patio at Carmelita’s, overlooking Rancho Santa Margarita Lake. I’m not easily pleased by restaurant margaritas because the ones I make at home with limes from our own tree are really nice, but we were both impressed by Carmelita’s house margarita.
The outdoor patio at Carmelita's restaurant
Carmelita's margarita and chips
All appetizers are half price during Happy Hour, and these two were especially good. This was probably enough food for at least 3 people. For example, the wonderful taco plate really held 8 tacos because each one on the plate had two tortillas and more than enough filling for two.
Chicken nachos and taco plate
The patio setting is great and a walk around the Lake afterwards is always nice, whether or not you go to Carmelita's restaurant.
The Lake walking path
An overview of the Lake with Saddleback Mountain in the background: