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

Restaurant Lozano Offers Elegant Cuisine in the Village of the Foothills by Bill Coburn

Outdoor dining at Restaurant Lozano

Co-owner Michelle Lucero with bartender Jake Garcia

New York Steak

Outdoor dining looking towards the mountain backdrop

Restaurant Lozano was established by Gilbert and Michelle Lucero in November, 1981 (and Gil reminds me it was done with the help of many, many others, then and in the 22 years since).   They are located at 44 N. Baldwin Ave., in the small “Village” town of Sierra Madre.  This town’s downtown district was revitalized a few year’s back when they began permitting outside dining at the downtown restaurants, many of which (including Restaurant Lozano's outdoor tables) feature a breathtaking view of majestic Mt. Wilson, at whose foot this downtown community sits. 

One of the interesting things that contributes to the atmosphere at Lozano’s and to the town’s reputation as an artsy town, is that for the past many years the restaurant has enjoyed featuring fine contemporary art exhibits.  The current show is of works created by Jo Topol, a local artist.

Recently, Restaurant Lozano has begun to offer cocktails for the first time.  They also have a new menu with many new dishes for lunch and dinner.   It was on the occasion of the addition of the cocktail service that Gil invited me to stop by and meet the bartender and have a cocktail on him. 

I went with my wife, Katie, and we enjoyed some libations in the elegant Lozano dining room.  My wife tried a lemon-drop martini, which came in a huge martini glass (call me old-fashioned, but to me it’s not a martini if there’s anything but gin, vodka and vermouth.  You can put it in a martini glass, but that doesn’t make it a martini).  This martini was made with top shelf ingredients, from a family recipe that Michelle’s sister gave them.  The float of Chambord gave it just a little extra fruit flavor, cutting the tartness of the fresh lemon juice a little. 

Katie had never had a lemon drop before, and enjoyed it so much that she’s tried it at several other places since.  None has measured up to the one she had at Restaurant Lozano.  I had a beer.  It was cold.

We then decided that we were going to stick around and order another round (on us), and decided to also order the coconut shrimp, with caramelized onions and red wine dipping sauce.  Instead of the red wine dipping sauce though, we had the mango salsa that is served with their jalapeno corn cakes.  This was a great appetizer.  The shrimp were good sized, and they were cooked just right, not too crisp, not overcooked, just right.  Requesting the salsa turned out to be a good idea, as the mango and the coconut went together well.

A couple weeks later, my wife and son were out for the evening, and I dropped by again, this time with a hankering for a New York steak (yes, an actual hankering, not a desire, or a need, but a hankering ).  The steak was outstanding, long and thick, charred just right on the outside, medium rare (as requested) and juicy throughout.  Just what I had hankered for.  I again had a beer, and it was, again, cold.

Prior to being Restaurant Lozano, this same location was the site of Garduno's Mexican Restaurant.  That restaurant was established in 1978 by two brothers, Fred & Mark Garduno.  At age 20, Gilbert came to Sierra Madre as an employee of the Garduno's Mexican Restaurant, and he remained employed there until shortly before he bought the business and established Restaurant Lozano in 1981.

Restaurant Lozano was established as a Mexican Restaurant serving fresh, healthy Mexican food.  As a matter of fact, the word "Lozano" means fresh, healthy, youthful, luxuriant.  Lozano is Lucero’s maternal grandmother's maiden name.

Restaurant Lozano likes to offer interesting, comfortable dishes.  The menus and decor of Restaurant Lozano have continually evolved over the years.  At a given time through the years the menus has been an eclectic mix of various cuisines including Mexican, American Southwestern, Latin American, Caribbean, Asian, Italian, German and contemporary American dishes. 

You may not think of Sierra Madre as the place to look for a nice, quiet, fine dining experience, but you should, at least since Restaurant Lozano opened more than two decades ago.  The food is good, and while it’s not the kind of place to take a gang of kids, it is good for showing your boss or your father-in-law that you know some nice places, too.  And if you’re like me and don’t go out to nice places as often as you’d like, in part because of a youngster in the family, and you have an anniversary or a birthday coming up for the wife, it’s a great place to enjoy a Grown-Up Meal, and remind her what you two enjoyed of the good life before Happy Meals invaded your life.  Or if you don’t have restrictions and just like the good life, add it to your list of places to go regularly.  You won’t be sorry.

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