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View the La Fiesta Grande menu

Restaurant: La Fiesta Grande

Where: 624 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, also at 1107 Mission, South Pasadena

Phone: (626) 795-5577, So. Pas. (626) 441-6217

Reservations: Not necessary

Cocktails: Yes, So. Pas Beer and Wine

Service: Tableside wait service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: No

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, American Express, Debit w/logo

Kidís Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $6.95 - $14.95

La Fiesta Grande is at 624 E. Colorado in Pasadena

Mai Tai and Colossal Cadillac Margarita

Al-Bone-Dee-Gahs!

Carne Tampiquena

Bean and Cheese Burrito

La Fiesta Grande Special Enchiladas, Guacamole on the side

Flan

 

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

                             

La Fiesta Grande Provides an Enjoyable Night Out

 

By Bill Coburn

 

La Fiesta Grande in Pasadena is right near the Pasadena Playhouse on Colorado Blvd., and serves up some mighty good Mexican food, and cocktails, too.  We stopped by last night and enjoyed a nice dinner, and would definitely consider it a good dinner stop prior to the play if we were going to the theater. 

 

Katie ordered a mai tai to begin with, and I ordered the Colossal Cadillac margarita.  They also offer strawberry, melon, peach and banana margaritas, but I just took the standard.  By the way, while weíre on the subject, La Fiesta Grande offers 20 different tequilas.  Katie took one sip of her mai tai and said ďWhoa!Ē  I heard her tell someone today that she really couldnít taste the juice.  I tried it, and while I could taste the juice, it was definitely not lacking in the rum department.  My Colossal Cadillac was served in what Iím guessing was probably about a 20 Ė 22 oz. glass, and it, too, was not lacking in liquor, but with that big a glass they had room to put enough mixer that it wasnít overpowering with the tequila.  But be warned, cocktails this good and this large donít come cheap.

 

I ordered the albondigas soup to start with.  Iíll be honest here, Iím not a big fan of albondigas soup.  I like meatballs, and I like spicy things, but one of the big ingredients in most albondigas soups is celery, and Iíve never been a fan of cooked celery.  Just donít like the texture, and find it to be kind of a squishy tasteless part of the soup, and I usually eat around it.  The main reason Iíve started ordering albondigas occasionally is that I love saying that word.  Al-BONE-dee-gahs!  Keelanís heard me say for years that itís one of my favorite words, and listened as I repeated it, in kind of a deep deejay style voice, at the table, and he eventually started pointing out that the restaurant had ďmy favorite soupĒ when he saw it on the menu.  So I started trying it occasionally, and like I said, I like the meatballs and the spices, but could do without the celery.  Thatís one of the things that was different at La Fiesta Grande.  The celery wasnít the tasteless mushy celery that I canít stand, it was crisp, and actually added to the taste.  There were plenty of meatballs and it was spicy, but not too spicy.  Definitely in the top two or three of the Al-BONE-dee-gahs! soups Iíve tried.

 

I ordered the Carne Tampiquena, Katie had the La Fiesta Special Enchiladas and Keelan ordered a Bean and Cheese Burrito (surprise!).   Carne Tampiquena is an 8 oz New York steak, butter-flied and prepared "rajas" style with Anaheim chile strips and onions plus guacamole, though I ordered my guacamole on the side.  Itís served with rice and beans.  It was excellent, cooked just right, the chiles and onions added to the delicious flavor of the steak.  Katie tried it and thought it was quite good, too.

 

The La Fiesta Special enchilada(s) consists of flour tortillas filled with chicken and chorizo, covered with a delicate tomato sauce and topped with cheddar cheese, sour cream and guacamole.  Katie also ordered her guacamole on the side.  You can order one or two enchiladas, she chose two, and they were served with rice and beans, as well. She said she really enjoyed it, and commented also on the guacamole, which she noted was not loaded with fillers like many guacs are, that it was just good, tasty guacamole.

 

Keelan enjoyed his burrito, too, but there was just too much, and he didnít get it finished.  The transition from kidsí meal burritos to adult meal burritos was a little overpowering tonight.  But Iím sure that the chips he chowed down with salsa and ranch dressing while our dinner was being prepared were not a factor, right?

 

After dinner we split a flan three ways.  It was delicious, good texture, not over or undercooked, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.  A nice finish to a good meal.

 

La Fiesta Grande offers a nice selection of traditional Mexican cuisine, including enchiladas, tostadas, seafood, burritos and much more.  They offer combination dinners with your choice of one, two or three items.  There are a couple of mole items on the menu, as well as steaks, chicken, tacos, etc.  You can access menus for both stores at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/lafiestagrande

 

Stop by and enjoy some delicious Mexican cuisine at La Fiesta Grande, and be sure and let them know you read about them in Dot Com Dining!

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring more than 150 restaurantís menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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