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Cadillac Margarita, no salt
Enchilada and taco combination plate
Rigo’s Restaurant Mexican Food
Where: 457 W.
Foothill Blvd., Monrovia
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Special Senior Plates offered 8:30am – 3pm
Food to Go:
Hours of Operation:
Mon. – Thurs. 8:30am – 9pm, Fri. 8:30am – 10pm, Sat. 7:30am – 10pm, Sun.
7:30 – 9pm
$2.50 - $12.95, avg. lunch $5 - $8, avg. dinner $8 - $10
DOT COM DINING A Look At San
Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com
Rigo’s Restaurant in Monrovia –
Great Tasting Mexican Food
By Bill Coburn
Rigo’s Mexican Food opened
in 1986 on Huntington Drive in Monrovia, and in 1999, owner Primitiva Serrano
moved the store to its current location at the corner of Foothill Blvd. and
Mayflower, also in Monrovia. Business was good, so when the location next door
became available, she decided to expand, adding a much larger dining room and
greatly expanded seating; with plenty of room for
large parties. In
April, 2003, Rigo’s added a liquor license, allowing them to offer margaritas to
complement your meal.
Rigo’s offers its
breakfast menu all day long, lunch specials Monday thru Friday from 11am to 3pm,
and a full dinner menu. There is also a kid’s menu, special senior plates
($4.95 - $5.95) for 65 and over from 8:30am – 3pm, and a full catering menu.
For those looking for the traditional Mexican dish Menudo, it is available at
Rigo’s on Saturday and Sundays.
I have eaten at
Rigo’s on several occasions, and have always found everything to be quite
enjoyable. I especially remember once having ordered the Camarones a la Diabla,
which consists of shrimp sauteed in a spicy salsa, and being impressed not only
with how good it tasted, but with how much shrimp there was in the meal.
Last night, the
family stopped by for dinner. I decided to start things off with Rigo’s special
Cadillac Margarita, and was glad to see they put the Gran Marnier in a shot
glass on the side. I’ve been to places that charge a Cadillac price for their
margarita, and then give you a Yugo’s worth of Gran Marnier, just floating a
little on the top. No worries at Rigo’s, you get the full shot, with the bonus
that you can determine how much to use, since the sweetness of the Gran Marnier
can definitely effect the margarita’s taste.
For dinner, I ordered
a chicken enchilada and a shredded beef taco combination dinner (with rice and
beans). Keelan ordered the shredded beef flautas, and Katie had a chicken
tostada. They were kind enough to accommodate us by making my taco with no
tomatoes (I’ve never been a big fan of tomatoes), and after Keelan asked if
there were peppers and onions in the beef in the flautas, and Katie asked if her
chicken was just plain chicken or if there were other things cooked in with it,
our server was very nice and offered to have the chef make the flautas without
the peppers and onions usually cooked into their shredded beef, and Katie’s
tostada was also made with plain chicken. Actually, it appeared that instead of
using the shredded chicken that usually comes on the tostada, they actually used
charbroiled chicken breast and shredded it up like the shredded chicken. So
they were definitely very accommodating. All the food was delicious. The
Mexican rice was light and fluffy, the enchilada was filled with lots of white
meat chicken, and the red sauce was tasty. The taco had a nice crisp, freshly
fried tortilla, and plenty of well-seasoned meat, cheese and lettuce. I added
some of Rigo’s homemade salsa, which was definitely packing some heat. In fact,
Katie and Keelan both mentioned that the house pico de gallo salsa, served with
the hot homemade tortilla chips, was a little on the hot side, too.
Keelan’s flautas were
plentiful, with lots of shredded beef in each one, and the flour tortilla fried
just right. The tostada was piled high with chicken, fresh crisp lettuce,
cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Rigo’s offered us good food, good cocktails,
and good service, and I’ll be going back again. You’ll find Rigo’s complete menu
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.