When Salvador Avila came to the United States from Guanajuato, Mexico with his wife and children, he came with hope and the American dream in his heart. Five decades later, Avila and his children own and operate one of the most well known and highly successful groups of Mexican restaurants in Orange and Los Angeles Counties, Avila's El Ranchito restaurants. It all started in the kitchen over 50 years ago. Mama brought with her recipes that have been in her family for generations, paying strict attention to freshness and quality. It was Papa, though, who had the idea to involve the whole family and create a truly special restaurant. The entire Avila family pitched in and help at the first El Ranchito when it opened in Huntington Park in 1966 with only five picnic tables. Even Grandpa Poldo offered a helping hand by washing dishes. Today, the 50-year tradition that has made their authentic Mexican cooking legendary continues to be served at the family's thirteen restaurants.