Mexican Restaurants in South Pasadena


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  • La Cantina Tequila & Botanas Bar
    Big-time food critics don?t usually write about fast-casual joints, saving their words instead for Michelin-starred spots with white tablecloths. But they've made a telling exception for Se?or Fish, a Mexican-seafood outfit launched by siblings Enrique and Alicia Ramirez in 1988. Soon after the restaurant opened, writers from publications such as the Los Angeles Times began to praise the Ramirez's fish tacos, which were inspired by those sold along the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Crowds began flocking to Se?or Fish's tiny Highland Park kiosk, hungering for the ocean-fresh fish and handmade tortillas they?d read about in the papers. Three decades later, diners are still flocking to Se?or Fish, which has evolved into five popular locations throughout LA. Enrique and Alicia remain deeply involved in the restaurants' daily operations. We talked with Enrique about the highlights of his iconic eatery. On Finding Fame: ?[In 1988], a top reviewer from the Los Angeles Times reviewed us. Once we got that review, tons of people started reviewing us?Molly O'Neill, a food critic in New York City, did a story on us on the front page of the food section in The New York Times. Afterwards, when people were on vacation [from New York] and came to eat, they?d mention it.? On the Scallop Taco: "Not too many people have ever had a scallop in a taco. It?s kind of a novelty. We use 10-20 scallops, which means there are 10-20 per pound, so it?s kind of jumbo scallop. And all of our seafood is wild?free-range from the ocean?as opposed to farmed." On Guadalajara-Style Carnitas: "Our carnitas are traditional to Guadalajara, where our family is from. We make it every day and use good-quality, expensive protein."
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    618 Mission St
    South Pasadena, CA US
  • Baja Fresh
    Enjoy bottomless chips and salsa and a casual ambiance at Baja Fresh. Baja Fresh is showing its customers that healthy, gluten-free food can still be packed with flavor. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Baja Fresh with its kid-friendly fare. Baja Fresh is well-known for being able to seat large parties. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Baja Fresh patrons come in casual attire. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Baja Fresh offers catering. You can also grab your grub to go. At Baja Fresh, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking. Come to Baja Fresh for a satisfying meal that won't break the bank. Head on over to Baja Fresh first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Baja Fresh is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    1103 Fair Oaks Ave
    South Pasadena, CA US
  • La Fiesta Grande
    For a quick Mexican meal, La Fiesta Grande is a go-to option. Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at La Fiesta Grande. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on La Fiesta Grande's menu. La Fiesta Grande is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Show up in sneakers or a suit at La Fiesta Grande, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance. You can also serve food from La Fiesta Grande at your next party — the restaurant offers catering. If time is of the essence, La Fiesta Grande's take-out option may be a better fit. Free parking is available for patrons who dine at La Fiesta Grande. Your tab at La Fiesta Grande will usually run to about $30 per guest. Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at La Fiesta Grande — they're open for all three meals.
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    1107 Mission St
    South Pasadena, CA US
  • El Pollo Loco
    For tasty Mexican fare, South Pasadena's El Pollo Loco is hard to top. Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here. El Pollo Loco's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. If you're strapped for time, take out food from El Pollo Loco. El Pollo Loco is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering. El Pollo Loco is located near endless free parking options. For a night out with great food that won't break the budget, head to El Pollo Loco.
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    711 Fair Oaks Ave
    South Pasadena, CA US
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