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Tonny's in Pasadena, so what to get?

kevin Jan 4, 2007 04:14 PM

You guys keep mentioning so might finally give it a try, but what to get? Is it a sit-down restaurant or a Mexican fast food stand (and is it regional Mex or what?0 thanks.

  1. Dommy Jan 4, 2007 04:49 PM

    Check out my post here! I have some pictures! :)


    A def. must get is the Chile Verde... I haven't had better in Los Angeles ANYWHERE. Also the juice drinks pack a punch... get a small though, they are really hearty. :



    1. ipsedixit Jan 4, 2007 05:24 PM

      The birria.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        notmartha Jan 4, 2007 05:59 PM

        Hubbie loved the birria (I didn't because I have low tolerance for sour food).

        Chili Rellenos are quite good there. Son liked the carnitas burrito there too.

      2. k
        kevin Jan 4, 2007 06:16 PM

        birria sounds awesome, and is chile verde just the chile or is it with meat, thanks.

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        1. re: kevin
          Dommy Jan 4, 2007 06:39 PM

          Chile Verde is made with Green Chiles and Pork... Excellent.. :)


        2. WildSwede Jan 4, 2007 06:46 PM

          I took my Mexican friend and she said that the Chile Verde is some of the best she has ever had. I love their posole, so that is what I get. I would stay away from their al pastor and carne asada - not so good (there are other places in the area that do them much, much better). I got their taquitos one time and was definitely not impressed. Fruit drinks. Their tortillas are really good, too.

          1. k
            kevin Jan 4, 2007 07:06 PM

            any non-pork dishes that are good there? or not except for the juices.

            1. Will Owen Jan 5, 2007 05:17 AM

              The cochinita pibil is I think better than El Portal's, much more reliably moist and tender, and a heck of a lot cheaper. AND bigger. Second the rec for birria (which I did not find remotely "sour", but people have different mouth chemistry), though my last order was a bit more chewy than I was expecting. The chiles rellenos and all those other mainstream standbys are better than average, too. I also got an "American" breakfast one day with fried catfish and eggs, a combo I fell in love with at the Cracker Barrel restaurants in the Southeast, and it was slap-yer-granny good. The one disappointment so far has been the lengua - neither as tender nor as richly flavored as I wanted.

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              1. re: Will Owen
                Will Owen Jan 5, 2007 06:15 PM

                OOooops...sorry! Tonny's does NOT have cochinita pibil! That was my memory being creative again (I'd say a sign of age, except it's been doing it for years!)...and now I have to try to figure out where it was I *DID* eat some that was both good and cheap. I think it was the chile verde I was thinking of.

                1. re: Will Owen
                  notmartha Jan 7, 2007 03:21 AM

                  Maybe Dona Rosa? Theirs is cheap and good (although I wouldn't know if it's authentic).

              2. c
                cfylong Jan 5, 2007 07:01 AM

                My wife, no fan of Mexican food, really likes their chicken soup. I like their chile verde and beef vegie soup. I really haven't had anything I didn't like here, having eaten about four times.

                1. j
                  Just One Bite Jan 5, 2007 02:42 PM

                  Is there take-out? And what are the prices like? It's right down the street from me, so I'm excited to try it out.

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                  1. re: Just One Bite
                    notmartha Jan 5, 2007 03:12 PM

                    I am sure they will do take out. I think the platters are like $8.99?

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