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Old 12-18-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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There are a jillion in Pasadena, but I've only tried Rubio's and Chipotle which are both chains. Can you recommend any exceptional ones?
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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all the Mex food in Pasadena is pretty generic & blah, but my co-worker raves about the alta cucina at Babita just down the way in San Gabriel. I haven't had a chance to check it out but she says it's better than Sedlar's Rivera or Playa. For traditional Mex i head over to Highland Park, like Antojitos Guerrero and Huarache Azteca. Both are landmarks for LA's hispanic immigrant cuisine.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: California
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El Portal is pretty good. I like their Cochinita Pibil.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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I love El Cholo in santa monica, and i believe they opened one in Pass. I'm not sure of the quality of food at that location, but the SM one is good.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i've been to the el cholo in pasadena, it is on par with the SM location. i liked it and would definitely eat there again.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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i've been to the el cholo in pasadena, it is on par with the SM location. i liked it and would definitely eat there again.
good to hear. i've been going to the SM one for years and love it.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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+1 on El Portal

RE: El Cholo... i think the quality/taste has suffered since they closed the Fair Oaks location and moved to the Paseo.
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Old 01-17-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Tonny's on Lake near Mountain. Great food. Inexpensive. Good atmosphere. Avoid the chains, and the other overpriced and overrated places listed above. The Ranch Market on Orange Grove and Los Robles also has very good food.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Windermere, FL
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Go to Lupita's...it's on the corner of colorado and sierra madre. Little dive but the food is good!

Also La Fiesta Grande on colorado near the Paseo.
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