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Tall Pines Coffee Shop-Monrovia

I've been meaning to mention this restaurant after giving it a try several weeks ago. It's a little, discreet place that we've been curious about because you can't really see the inside from the street and the name doesn't tell you much about what sort of food they serve. It's visible when you exit the 210 East at Myrtle (just a little south of the Wizard of Bras).

My boyfriend and I thought it might be a good breakfast spot for maybe some pancakes, or steak and eggs?
Well, we were pretty surprised to find that it's primarily a bar that served some pretty darn good Mexican food. There were patrons sitting at the bar having big bowls of menudo along with their beer, a pool table in the middle, and one very friendly, hard working waitress taking orders, serving, and bussing tables. I ordered one fish and one chicken soft taco which tasted delicious--filled with tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, and avocado, they were some of the best and freshest tacos I've tasted. My BF had a chicken quesadilla which was a pretty good size with lots of cheese; he noted it was a bit on the greasy side though he still liked the taste and the generous amount of grilled chicken.
We were even happier with our food after we got our bill--a little over eight dollars for the both of us!
The menu does offer some "American" style breakfast dishes but I think I would stick with the Mexican food here.
Was wondering if anyone else has tried Tall Pines before? I think this is one place we'd like to revisit soon.

Tall Pines Coffee Shop
1540 S Myrtle Ave
Monrovia

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  1. Thanks for the intrepid research! I grew up in Monrovia and have seen this place for 20+ years but have never set foot inside. Now I know I'll have to on my next trip home to see family (live in London now).

    I think the real reason people never notice Tall Pines is because they're too busy gawking at the size 54HHH 'marvel of engineering' in the window of Wizard of Bras. Or maybe I'm just speaking for myself :)

    1. I walked in once about a year ago on a Saturday for breakfast but I had no cash on me (they are cash only) and on the way to the ATM I changed my mind and went to El Matador instead. Thanks for the good rec. Now I will have to try it!

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      1. re: WildSwede

        Thanks for mentioning the Cash Only thing; I don't think there's an ATM in the place either. Yes, do give it a try!

        1. re: Augusta

          No, there isn't - it was during the trek to the ATM that the El Matador idea popped into my head!! ;-)

      2. Augusta, Thanks for the rec. I have driven past this place for so many years. With your rec I finally stopped in today for breakfast. I had chorizo and eggs, a hard shell taco on the side and a cup of coffee – $7.45.

        The ambiance is “1940's / 50's frozen in time California roadside café.” This place reminds me of an old fav in Baldwin Park, "The Baldwin Park Social Club" which is long gone. The old counter with stools, pool table, booths, old tables w/ chairs, the old cash register, the religious figures over the beer taps – all create an ambiance / setting of an old movie set. I hope it never changes.

        As I sipped my coffee I saw the cook cutting fresh onion in the kitchen. Then from the kitchen (just like at home) came that great smell of fresh chorizo cooking. This chorizo & eggs was fresh, moist and flavorful. Yet, I have had no aftertaste at all today. The reason it was so good is because it was cooked to order and not sitting waiting for someone to order it. The small bowl of salsa was also good.

        The shell of the hard shell taco was browned perfectly and was hot, crispy, crunchy, and had a great flavor. The meat was marinated Asada and was also very good. Some day soon I will have 2 or 3 of these tacos with a cold beer for lunch.

        I will work my way through the menu and I look forward to bringing my group here soon. Thanks again for trying this place out.

        Tall Pines Coffee Shop (Cash only, Breakfast /lunch, beer on tap)
        1540 S Myrtle Ave (1/2 block South of the 210 fry)
        Monrovia, CA
        (626) 358-9084
        Open Mon to Fri, 8:00am until midnight or 1:00 am.
        Sat / Sun open at 7:00 am

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        1. re: JeetJet

          Hi Jeet. Thanks for trying it! What other offerings did they have for breakfast? Any chilaquiles? I think it will definitely need to be a Saturday-morning-after-the-farmer's-market-breakfast stop for me!!

          1. re: WildSwede

            I looked at the menu a little, but after I took a seat by the corner window the guy brought my coffee and water to the booth and I asked about the tacos. I only noticed the chorizo and eggs and pancakes on the menu but my wishes were already met, so I stopped reading it. I did notice the menu went-on with both Mexican and American style items. I did not get any chips but maybe chips are on the menu -- not that I need any chips. I did like the salsa. This place is a good find. In fact I will probably return very soon. I was the only customer at 8:30 am today. I wonder what this place is like at night? The counter has maybe 12 stools and it could turn into a bar scene very easliy but the cook told me that food is served all night.

            1. re: JeetJet

              Interesting. When I went in, it was about 9:30am on a Saturday and I think there were 2 people in there, sitting at the bar, not counting the people working there.

              1. re: WildSwede

                I went back at 8:15 am today and they were not open yet. One hour later I was driving past again and I noticed the Red electric "OPEN" sign was pluged-in. So I stopped for breakfast.

                Yes, they do have chilaquiles. I had mine with two eggs over-easy, rice and that crispy asada taco on the side, w/ coffee -- $9.50.

                Today there was a women running the counter and doing the cooking. The taco was just as good as the one I had yesterday. I usually never order chilaquiles but since you mentioned it.... Once again, a good breakfest with lots of flavor but no after-taste. What made the chilaquiles good was the quality of cheese and the amount of it. The sauce on the chips was flavorful but not over done. The red sauce on the side went very well on top of everything.

                This place is not a "Fast Food" joint. It really is frozen in time -- early 1950's. The women running the show today reminds me of Nana. Nana was slow but her food was also worth the wait. So just take a seat, let your car engine cool down, have a drink and relax. Maybe think of better times in our country. If you don't have the time, then Jack in The Box is 1/2 block to the South. Sometimes I eat those crispy tacos also but the ones at Tall Pines are soooo much better.

                1. re: JeetJet

                  Will definitely try it - maybe even this Saturday morning! ;-) I will order the chilaquiles with chorize with the eggs over easy and plopped on top! Thanks Jeet! ;-)

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    That will be a good conbo. I forgot to mention that the menu includes Huevos rancheros, sausage, ham, hash browns, and home fries. I also nothiced a breakfast burrito for a little under $5. I forgot to ask what was in it -- damm. Oh, the coffee is OK with cream. I also like the big tumbler of ice water when you ask for it.

                    I noticed that the place does not appear to have air conditioning. That is part of the early 1950's ambiance I guess. So the only cooling system they have besides the roof-top cooler are the beer taps--enjoy.

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      Hey Jeet, when you get the chance, you have to try the Chilaquiles con chorizo at El Matador in Irwindale. On Irwindale Blvd. north of Arrow Hwy. They have the best ones I have ever had (you can get it with either red or green sauce, but I always get the red). Then I make my own salsa from the salsa bar (to the house salsa, add some of the pico de gallo (it is spicy - lots of jalapenos) and some of the green. It is DELICIOUS!! ;-) I always get the eggs over-easy on top. Damn, now I am hungry - and I just had breakfast!! ;-)

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        Unable to find an address for El Matador in Irwindale. I did find El Maeador. Does this place serve beer? LOL. Anyway, do you think this is the place?

                        El Maeador Restaurant
                        5312 Irwindale Ave (one block North of Arrow)
                        Irwindale, CA 91706
                        (626) 338-2080

                        BTW, my Chilaquiles at Tall Pines were all soft and covered with cheese. There were no crispy or soggy chips. Like I said, I usually do not order these so I do not know whether these were common to others like a standard but I did like the flavor. How are they at El M.... dor, Crispy, soft, soggy?

                        1. re: JeetJet

                          I think they misspelled it - that address looks correct. It is on the east side of Irwindale about a block north of Arrow). I would go with it. It is in an industrial area.
                          The chips at El Matador are also covered with the sauce and cheese. Obviously, the chips that are covered do get softer the longer they stay covered, but I have not had the occasion where I ever found them to be soggy. Then the chips not covered are crisp. They are just so good!! ;-)

                          1. re: JeetJet

                            The address is correct, although the restaurant's sign says "El Matador 2." The food is great.

                              1. re: WildSwede

                                OK, I went to "El Matador 2" this am. I had the Chilaquiles with chorizo & eggs. Very good. Tall Pines and El Matador 2 do use the same chorizo. Great flavor and no lasting after -taste. The presentation of the dish at El Matador 2 is so nice with the scoop of sour cream on top. The red salsa served on the side has a small amount of heat and a good tomato flavor. It goes well with the fresh chips and on top of the meal.

                                The coffee is also good and I drank three cups. Very nice little place (about 30 seats). I asked about the location of El Matador 1. and the guy said it was near the El Matador Meat Market in Monrovia (not part of the meat market) but that old location is now closed. He said, "Actually, now since there is no other El Matador, this place is now El Matador 1," as he smiled. Nice place, good food and service

                                BTW, just across Arrow Hwy. (behind the Jack in the Box) is Tacos La Buffadora. Very good fish or shrimp tacos.

                                El Matador 2
                                5312 Irwindale Ave.
                                Irwindale, CA 91706
                                (626) 338-2080

                                1. re: JeetJet

                                  Glad you liked it! Yeah, I used to go to the Monrovia one (much more convenient for me) when it was opened and only started going to the Irwindale one once it closed.
                                  Will have to try Buffadora! Thanks!

            2. re: JeetJet

              hi JeetJet:
              great report and I'm glad you liked it! you described the place very well--it does look like something from a different era.
              I'm looking forward to going back there myself soon.

            3. Sounds just like my kind of place. Driven by many times. I am always ISO great menudo especially "con pata". I guess I'll just have to stop in.

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              1. re: Al Bondigas

                Hi Al, I mentioned El Matador above. Every time I am in there, every table (other than mine) is slurping on the Menudo (and people are coming in with their soup pots to get some "to go"!). And they definitely ask the diners if they want it "con pata". I am guessing it is good here since everyone is eating it!

                1. re: Al Bondigas

                  I will try the Menudo at Tall Pines also. My fav right now is from Tacos la Bufadora. I go there for fish and shrimp tacos but on weekends they also serve Menudo. Upon the first spoon full in my mouth the flavor and texture made me pause in bliss. I turn and looked back toward the two girls standing at the counter who had just handed me the bowl and they were both looking at me with a slight smile as if waiting for my response. I said “This is gourmet.” They each said, “Yea. It is good huh?”

                  Tacos la Bufadora (Deep Fried Fish and Shrimp tacos and burritos. Try Shrimp Burrito with NO rice & beans request only the taco ingredients. Menudo Sat/Sun while it last)
                  10990 Lower Azusa Rd (Just West of Santa Anita.)
                  El Monte, CA 91731
                  (626) 575-7174

                  Tacos LA Bufadora
                  16020 Arrow Hwy, Baldwin Park, CA
                  (626) 962-0910

                2. So after catching up with everyone at the Pasadena Farmer's Market on Saturday morning, I drove out to Tall Pines for breakfast. It was a few minutes after 10 when I rolled up. Walked in and there was one man at the bar and not counting the two workers (one was the son of the owners and I am not sure who the cook was in relation to the family) there was no one else.
                  I went into the restroom to wash my hands. By the time I returned, the guy sitting at the bar had left. I had the place to myself.
                  I sat down in the booth in the corner and was brought a menu by the sweet young boy. After recalling the hard-shelled taco that Jeet mentioned and my soft spot for chilaquiles, I was ready to order. One hard-shelled carne asada taco and chilaquiles with chorizo, eggs over-easy on top. Glass of water with lemon.
                  I walked over to look at the menu on the wall and the young waiter (I did not ask his name) came over and I asked him what his favorite things to eat here are. He said he really likes the Chicken Fajitas and the chilaquiles. I asked him if the chilaquiles (I love that word!!) came with red or green sauce and then he mentioned that it is made with their house salsa (a passable pico de gallo) and quickly disappeared into the back. He came back and asked me if I wanted red sauce ("if you want it more spicy"). Never being one to turn down anything more spicy I said "yes, please".
                  I returned to my table and continued watching Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs". On that day he was cleaning out storm drains (in LA) and making sink drains. I have never seen that show before, but it had me hooting.
                  A little bit later, out came the taco. Lovely, crisp hand-fried tortilla filled with a tender, but not very flavorful (no seasoning that I could detect) carne asada (once I added salt and salsa it was really good) with lettuce and cheese. It was very good. I would definitely get that again.
                  Then came the plate of chilaquiles. It was so pretty. I know, I know, but it WAS pretty! They use the same chorizo as El Matador but put a lot more in the dish (actually, chilaquiles con chorizo is not on their menu - just plain chilaquiles). The eggs were over easy on top and the salsa gave it a nice tang. The red sauce that came on the side was really, really good - SO good! Nice bite to it, deeply flavored. I spooned some on top of the chilaquiles and dug in. I was in heaven. This version is definitely different than the one at El Matador but different in a good way. I would definitely order it again.
                  Service was wonderful and attentive. When I was halfway through my meal, another patron came in and ordered a beer and something. He finished his meal before I finished mine. Right before I left, another gentleman came in and ordered the Cocido de Res and coffee to go.
                  Total bill came to just under $9.
                  Next time, I am going to get that Caldo de Res. This is one of my most favorite soups.
                  If you are in the area, you should definitely go. All their sauces are homemade and everything is made fresh to order. Yum!

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                  1. re: WildSwede

                    Nice morning that you had. I also want to try the Caldo de Res.

                    Today I had the Breakfast Burrito. The menu does not specify the exact ingredients so I took the liberty of asking for specific items. I asked for bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese and Home style potatoes and that was what I got. In place of the home style potatoes I assume they would add hash browns or beans and rice which is also on the menu. What made this breakfast burrito special was the home style potatoes. Fresh cut potatoes, onion, bell pepper and large chucks of fresh juicy tomato all fried together to order – perfect.

                    Those potatoes now have me thinking that my next Tall Pines breakfast will be from the American selections. Maybe the ham or bacon with eggs and Home style potatoes. In fact, I think I saw a plate of just the Home Style potatoes with eggs. Maybe that is the way to go. The flavors from the chucks of tomato, bell pepper and onion make these my idea on true “Home Style.”

                    1. re: JeetJet

                      That sounds good! Will have to try. Did you notice whether or not they grill/heat their tortillas for the breakfast burrito (nothing gets to me like a raw tortilla)? If I were to order the potatoes with eggs, I would get the eggs over-easy on top of the potatoes (with a side of tortillas)! ;-)

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        I just had the Home style potatoes with eggs over-easy up on top of the potatoes this morning. I had corn tortillas on the side along with that small bowl of red salsa. It was very good but I could not finish it -- too much food. My son was with me today and he had the same potatoes with bacon, eggs and two nice slices of wheat toast and butter. Good bacon and it was a nice American style breakfast. I had a diet Coke and he had a Snapple -- $11.50.

                        As for the burrito. The large flour tortilla was cooked well and I think it was griddled. I think i recall some dark spots on it from being a little browned but not overcooked. No reason to be concerned becasuse these people will make it the way you order it.

                        1. re: JeetJet

                          Sounds great! You are correct, they are eager to please. Thanks!

                  2. The wife and I tried it Saturday. We had differing opinions. I thought the place was a little different from our normal breakfast destinations, but it was clean and I wanted to give it a try after the good recs here. She thought it was dark for a breakfast place and was kind of disturbed by the thought of having breakfast in a bar.

                    I ordered the chilaquiles based on the recs here. I loved them. They were spicy and very tasty. Not a combination of foods I would have normally put together for breakfast, but it turned out to be very good. The beans and rice didn't have a lot of flavor, but by the time I finished the chilaquiles I really didn't have any room for anything else.

                    My wife had the french toast. It had good flavor, but it was still a little mushy inside. This added to the bar vibe made her not really want to return. I, on the other hand will gladly return for the chilaquiles. I also want to try the breakfast burrito.

                    Thanks for the rec.

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                    1. re: Velvet Elvis

                      Hi Elvis! Thanks for posting. I had the exact same feeling as your wife the first time I walked in (and didn't eat) and was thinking it the whole time I was eating the time I did stay. However, they make all their sauces and the food is pretty good (I would venture to guess they do the Mexican dishes better than the usual American fare). Yes, the beans and rice are pedestrian - and like you, I was too full to eat them anyways!!

                      1. re: Velvet Elvis

                        As the first reply above by Bradbury says, “Thanks for the intrepid research” This time the thanks goes to your wife for not only having breakfast in a dark bar (against her judgement) but also for trying something not yet posted about – french toast (Yikes!). Not even I have tried that yet. Now you owe her. Take her a few blocks North to the Peach Café for some Crescent French Toast or maybe those Café Blueberry Cakes with the touch of orange. Eat either in the front porch outside or, like I did this morning, out on the sidewalk with plenty of sunlight. The inside has a very nice ambiance of modern seating and lighting set against old brick and truss construction. However, the acoustics are not that great and it can get noisy inside. Today I had the special omelet of the day which was spinach, scallions and goat cheese with sourdough toast -- perfect. The house blend coffee is also very good.

                        I have an update on chilaquiles with chorizo & eggs. This is “not a combination of foods I would have normally put together for breakfast” either but since I trust the Wildswede I have been indulging in it recently. When I tried it at Tall Pines and El Matador 2, I thought maybe my favorite place for chips and salsa, Los Toros, might do a good job with chilaquiles as well and they do. This is more of what I would call a serious plate of chilaquiles. Normally they do not add chorizo but I asked them to mix it in along with the egg and cheese and the result was a very large breakfest. I was very pleased but the amount of food was way too much and I took half of it home in a box. If you like chilaquiles these are well worth a try. The chips they use are the same thick chips they make fresh all day long and sell in bags at the market next door. The sauce is a deep rich red sauce and it goes well with the large amount of cheese rolled-in. The meaty chorizo is cooked the way I like it with a little crust. However, other than the chorizo & eggs w/ rice & beans and the chips and salsa,. my only other recommendation here is to go next door inside the meat market and buy a bag of the chips and some salsa and guacamole to-go because they are excellent.

                        I wish Wildswede would try the chilaquiles with chorizo & eggs at Los Toros and do a new posting on the better places he has tried chilaquiles. Chilaquiles is a special breakfast that should be discussed more by L.A. hounds and the OP should be by someone who normally would put together this wild combination of foods for breakfast -- a wildman.

                        Peach Café ( Café Blueberry Cakes, Crescent French Toast)
                        141 E Colorado Blvd
                        Monrovia, CA 91606
                        (626) 599-9092
                        http://thepeachcafe.com/

                        Los Toros Meat Market (Inside the market – Chips, Salsa & guacamole to-go, The restaurant has some good chilaquiles, chorizo & eggs, rice & beans)
                        5225 Peck Rd
                        El Monte, CA 91732-1122
                        (626) 444-5757

                        1. re: JeetJet

                          Ok, Jeet, I will take you up on your challenge. I will try Los Toros. This weekend!
                          Side note: at Peach Cafe, try their Monte Cristo sandwich. It is made with croissants but they only batter and fry the cut side of the croissant. Very different - but very good. It is a great place to go! Service is great!
                          Another place I tried the chilaquiles (and was not impressed) was at Tonny's on Orange Grove/Lake in Pasadena. Not sure what it was, but they were probably the worst I have had (although I have not had them many places - I tend to stick to the things I know are good for breakfast, at least).
                          Okay, another side note: We went to Dino's Burgers for FANTASTIC spicy chicken yesterday (Abby will surely post her pics). You get half a grilled chicken with this insanely delicious sauce, lying on top of fries (I get mine well done) into which the fantastic sauce seeps, cole slaw and tortillas for $4.50 - yep $4.50. A better bargain (and chicken) is not to be had anywhere else. This is a branch off the much-touted LA location. It deserves at least one visit (and thereafter you will keep going back since your mouth will start watering each and every time you think about i!!). Located in Azusa - 210 E, Exit Azusa - R, Arrow Hwy - R, a few blocks down at 843 W Arrow Hwy. Almost around the corner from El Matador! BTW, be sure to ask for EXTRA SAUCE. Man that was good! They also have a drive thru for those who do not want to go in. You will definitely not be disappointed!
                          Thereafter, we headed to a Paleteria (mexican ice cream) in Duarte. Crap, I cannot remember the exact name but think it is something like La Mach (or something like that). We tried several of their flavored ice cream bars - watermelon con chile, Mamey, Quince, Tamarindo, Wild Berry, Strawberries & Cream, Coconut along with some others. SO GOOD!! They also offer scoopable ice cream and the Key Lime Pie (with bits of Marie cookies in it) was fantastic! So was the Butter Strawberry. The owner, Monica, was great and let us sample a few of their coffee offerings (they use fresh roasted Guatemalan coffee which will be available for sale at the store this winter). Also, she gave us samples of their Tea Latte - I say go for the one that sounds the most Mexican (she said the name so fast I cannot even start to remember it - although I think it started with an "M".). So soothing. I told her I could imagine drinking that if I had sn upset stomach!! They make all their items in-house and you can tell. Really great stuff! So if you want to get your ice cream on, you HAVE TO TRY IT!! Located in Duarte on Huntington west of Buena Vista in the Target Shopping Center. GO!!
                          Done!

                          1. re: WildSwede

                            I have gone to Dino's Burgers over on Arrow Hwy. I liked the chicken and sauce but IMO the sauce was strong. I did not have to ask for extra because they put two ladles full over the top of my chicken. I recall thinking that the meal would be even better (less messy) if it were served as shredded chicken mixed with rice with that sauced over it all – eat with a fork. Nevertheless, as is it looked so good that my wife mentioned that she should have ordered it. I forget what she ordered but since she kept eyeballing my chicken I gave her some. She loved it and said next time she wants something spicy she wants to go back there. Also, I once drove through Dino’s and ordered the fish sandwich. The price was very reasonable and the fish had no fishy flavor. It was a very good sandwich.

                            While I was at the Peach Café today I asked whether they offer a burger. I was thinking that The Peach should offer something like Tops Bistro Burger -- special / different. You know, like that Monte Cristo sandwich you described made with croissants but only the cut side of the croissant battered and fried. Anyway, the owner (I love her smile) said they will make a burger if ordered although it is not yet on the menu. She said it will be added to the menu soon. I recall her saying it is 1/3 pound (smaller than Tops ½ lb. Bistro) and has grilled purple onions, tomato, other things and is served on a special bun from their baker. I think maybe I will be getting that burger soon and then driving over to the Target Shopping Center on Huntington looking for that Key Lime Pie and “M” – something Latte.

                            1. re: WildSwede

                              You guys are killing me! My best friend lives near Irwindale Ave & Arrow and just had a new baby. Now I'm going to have to drag them to El Matador and Dino's or, better yet, take dinner to her house!!

                              Thanks for the great ideas - I'll report back after we've tried them

                            2. re: JeetJet

                              I actually owe my wife multiple trips to the Peach Cafe for that one. We were headed to peach saturday morning, got there and it was packed, so I suggested we try tall pines. as I described earlier, it did not measure up to what she had been hoping for that morning. I think she is going to get to choose where we eat for the next few weeks. Still, I will go back to check out the breakfast burrito and some of the other items.

                              1. re: Velvet Elvis

                                Yeah, at Tall Pines the breakfast burrito is good. Those breakfast potatoes are what make it so good. I would just have egg, cheese, bacon and those potatoes which have onion, peppers and tomato. IMO they are some of the best breakfast potatoes in SGV.

                              2. re: JeetJet

                                This is probably not relevant at all, but for some reason I thought WildSwede was female, ooops.
                                Sorry WildSwede.

                                1. re: MaryT

                                  Interesting. For some reason I thought WildSwede was male. It is logical, flawlessly logical, that the name WildSwede could be viewed as male or female because it is non-gender specific. It is curious that without endeavoring to learn more that each of us presumed and assigned opposing genders to the name. Fascinating.

                                  I shall consider whether my real-life-experiences with two Swedish male friends caused me to be so presumptive. I shall also consider whether my lack of any real-life-experiences with a wild Swedish female friend, ooops, maybe it would be better to just consider being more non-gender specific. Sorry WildSwede.

                                  BTW WildSwede, be sure that when ordering those chilaquiles at Los Toros to MAKE IT CLEAR that you want the chorizo & eggs mixed (folded / rolled) into the chilaquiles and not on the side. I say this because even after I pointed at the two menu items " chilaquiles" while saying with "chorizo & eggs" I somehow got a very large burrito at first. It was no problem, they took it back but...

                                  1. re: JeetJet

                                    I'm not sure I'm right though either. But one of us is wrong :-) !!! Anyway, did I take us off track here.

                                    Important thing here, WildSwede goes to lots of places nearby to me, and that I have interest in, and has made really good and helpful posts over time, and seems really interesting. I have been talking about going to this place for 5 years since I moved up here from OC, and now I've got the push I need to finally do it.

                                    1. re: WildSwede

                                      On my (first and only, so far) trip to Sweden this June (including over Midsummer, oh me), I think it seemed more of the wilder folks were men haha. But there, it is surely a seasonal ailment :-)

                                      1. re: MaryT

                                        I hope you had a nice time!!
                                        The problem may also be that I am half Norwegian!! ;-)