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Los Gueros Mexican Restaurant in Monrovia Features Really Good Mexican Food at Really Good Prices  by Bill Coburn

Storefront

Beach mural on patio

Opposite side of patio, Corona wall

Benjy at the guacamole tray

Dinner's on

Carnitas

#15 combo

Flan

Bunuelos

 

Last week I stopped by Los Gueros Mexican Restaurant at 313 W. Huntington Drive in Monrovia.  I had eaten food from there once before, but had ordered it to go, and by the time I finished my errands and got home and ate it, I was a little disappointed.  I felt sure though, that it had been my lack of timeliness that had caused my dissatisfaction, and that the food would have been just fine had I gone straight home.  So I wanted to give them a second try.  Iím very glad I did. 

My wife, son and I walked in after parking in the rear of the building, and immediately noticed the beautiful mural that was on the wall opposite their patio dining area, a beautiful ocean scene with a big bottle of Corona sitting on the sand.  Had it not been so cold, it would have been a nice setting for our dinner, but we opted to sit inside and be comfortable.  It was nice and cozy inside, too, with traditional rural Mexican scenes painted on the walls, and all booth seating.

We were seated right away, and were pleased with our service from the time we entered until the time we left.  Our waiter Jose and his busboy Benjy were quite on top of things, bringing more water, more chips, clearing plates, and checking back to make sure everything was good and that we had everything we needed.  Have you ever been to a place where the staff feels that once you have your food, thereís no need to come back until itís check time?  That drives me crazy, and I was quite pleased that we didnít have that problem here.  At the same time, they werenít hovering.  They knew how often to stop by, and how much would be too much.  After spending 20 years in the restaurant business myself, I appreciate staff that takes such good care of you, and that knows how to provide attentive service without smothering you.

As for the food Ė we were immediately provided with chips and two types of salsa.  We were also offered the opportunity to have fresh guacamole made for us table side, which we declined.  I am not a big lover of tomatoes, so I didnít try the house salsa, I went straight for the heat.  And it was quite good, a nice combination of spices, definitely packing heat.  I then ordered the #15 combo, an enchilada and a taco with rice and beans, opting for a chicken taco (no tomatoes) and a shrimp enchilada.  I had to pay a little extra to upgrade to shrimp, but even with the extra $2.00, it was still only $7.95, which is about what I usually pay, or less, for a taco/enchilada combo (without upgrade) at my usual Mexican food hangouts.  The combinations at Los Gueros range from $4.95 for single item to $7.95 for three item combinations, which is quite good.  My wife ordered carnitas, and my son ordered a kidís meal bean and cheese burrito.  

When the food came, we were all quite satisfied.  There was plenty of shrimp, cooked and seasoned just right.  The sauce was delicious (I tried some plain before adding the Tapatio for the heat I crave when eating Mexican).  The chicken taco was piled high with fresh crispy lettuce and grated cheese, and had plenty of well-prepared chicken.  The rice was fluffy and spiced just right.  My wife even commented on how good the rice was, and she can be kind of picky when it comes to Mexican rice.  I tried my wifeís carnitas, and while it was a little dry for my taste, she pointed out that it was her meal, that carnitas can be a little dry sometimes, and that she liked it just fine.  And there was enough of it that the next morning, we both made carnitas omelettes at home with the leftovers (I didnít think it was too dry then, so maybe I just got a dry bite that night).  My son enjoyed his burrito as well.

Then it was time for dessert.  I have to say, maybe itís been a long time since Iíve had flan, but I didnít remember it being as good as what I had at Los Gueros.  The texture and the taste were about as good as I ever remember having, and Iíve had a lot of flan.  My wife ordered the bunuelos, a cinnamon-seasoned deep fried flour tortilla with strawberry sauce and whipped cream.   I tried it and it was quite tasty, and one thing my wife commented on was the fact that they didnít skimp on the whipped cream, as many restaurants do.  She said it seems like a silly thing to skimp on, since itís such a low cost item, and Los Gueros must agree with her, because there was plenty.

When the check came I was surprised to see that with all three of us eating, (including the shrimp upgrade, two desserts and a beer), our bill was less than $33.00.  Itís rare to find a place that offers such good quality food and good service at such low prices.

             All in all, it was a good night out -- good food, good service and good company.  Weíll be going back.  And Iím kind of hoping that there is a wait to be seated when we go back, so that we have a good reason to stop in two doors down at Los Gueros Sports Bar for a pre-dinner cocktail.  If youíd like to check out the menu at Los Gueros, you can do so at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/losgueros.htm

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring dozens of 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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