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Where: 155 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena
Phone: (626) 449-4225
Service: Full table service
Outdoor Dining: No
Credit Cards: All major
Kidís Menu: Yes
Senior Discount: Yes
Food to Go: Yes
Catering Menu: Yes and banquets too
Price Range: $3.49 - $17.99
make the tortillas fresh on the premises
Shrimp and Chicken Al Mojo de Ajo
Enchilada and Chile Relleno Combo
A Look At San
Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com
Margaritaís in Pasadena Ė Buffet, Brunch or Off the Menu
By Bill Coburn
Margaritaís in Pasadena is a medium-sized restaurant
on Rosemead Blvd., that has a ďcantina,Ē banquet facilities, and some pretty
good food. Whether you want to order entrees off the menu, are looking for
large party trays to go, a banquet room, Sunday champagne brunch, or a weekday
lunch buffet, stop by Margaritaís, and Iím sure you wonít be disappointed. We
Katie and I had eaten the buffet lunch in the past,
and were impressed with the selection of food thatís offered at a very
reasonable price. We decided to stop by and have dinner as a family the other
evening, though, and order off the menu. Katie started out with a Cadillac
Margarita, and said they didnít scrimp on the tequila. I began with the
albondigas soup, which came out with one of the biggest meatballs Iíve seen in
an albondigas, as well as plenty of cabbage and some zucchini. I let Keelan
chow on the zucchini (at his request), and I enjoyed the rest of the soup. I
didnít really expect to enjoy the cabbage, as Iím not a big cooked cabbage fan,
but this was really good, and I suspect it had to do with the broth. The broth
was really delicious, and it wasnít just me that thought so, Katie took one
spoonful and remarked on how good it was.
For an entrťe, I ordered the Shrimp and Chicken Al
Mojo de Ajo, Katie ordered a combination with an enchilada and chile relleno,
and Keelan ordered the Nachos. Margaritas offers Nachos by themselves, or you
can order beef (shredded or ground) or chicken on them. Keelan decided to
upgrade a little, and ordered carne asada for an extra buck.
Keelanís Nachos were huge. They were smothered in
refried beans, with lots of diced up chunks of carne asada, tomatoes, and plenty
of melted cheese. I tried them, and they were quite good, and Iíll probably
order them on a future visit. I donít usually order nachos, but thatís because
most places donít give you the option of adding meat, some do, but most donít.
Keelan and I both enjoyed the carne asada, and he was pretty filled up long
before he ran out of food.
Katie said her meal was quite good, and pointed out
that the sauce on her enchilada ranchera was different than she expected,
thicker and more tomato-ey, and she was really happy with both the enchilada and
the chile relleno.
I was really impressed with the amount of food that
came with my dinner, a very tender double breast of boneless, skinless chicken,
4 large grilled shrimp, rice, and a huge helping of steamed vegetables. On the
side was a great big ramekin of Mojo de Ajo sauce, with lots of garlic.
Everything tasted great, and got even better when I asked the waitress if she
had some Tapatio or Cholula I could get to heat it up a little. While they do
have both, she brought me some homemade stuff instead, she called it Salsa
Picosa. Good stuff, lots of heat, and a nice addition to the meal.
After dinner, we ordered the flan, and instead of an
individual flan as most places give you, we got a slice of what appeared to be a
pie-sized flan. Garnished with whipped cream and powdered sugar, it was a
delicious ending to a great meal.
I went back the next day for the buffet, as it had
been a while, and I wanted to refresh my memory before writing about it. The
buffet includes cold, fresh sliced pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon, crisp
green salad or Caesar salad, and Mexican breads to get you started. For
entrees, thereís cheese enchilada, chile relleno, chicken with vegetables,
pescado veracruzano (they use sea bass, in a mild red sauce), chicharrones,
potatoes with vegetables, rice and beans, and a taco bar with tortillas made
fresh right in front of you, and your choice of carne asada or pollo (chicken)
asada. There are also a couple different kinds of cake for dessert. This menu
may not be exactly the same when you visit, but it will be pretty close. Very
good stuff, and I think they lost money on me. I couldnít get enough of the
pescado, and had quite a bit of chicken and vegetables as well. The carne asada
tacos were quite good, the rice and beans, potatoes, everything I tried was
good, though a couple of the potatoes could have taken a few more minutes before
being served. They werenít bad, just a little harder than I would prefer. The
cake was a nice finish.
Thereís also a Sunday brunch that weíll be stopping
back to try before too long.
You can view Margaritaís menu by visiting
SanGabrielValleyMenus.com and clicking on the Margaritas link. And if you
mention the website, you can get 10% off, so stop by and tell them you saw them
on the web at SanGabrielValleyMenus.com.
Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring
dozens of restaurantsí 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.