Good Mexican Restaurants in Inland Empire?
- Debra Jan 18, 2002 03:21 PM
Would love to try some "real good Mexican food" in the Inland Empire? Know of any of these restaurants?
Mentone might be considered a wasteland without redemption were it not for the existence of Casa Maya (1839 Mentone Blvd., 909-794-7458). This is not your garden-variety northern Mexican food; rather, as the name suggests, its focus is the southern Mexican cuisine with tropical influences blurring the line between Mexican and Central American tastes. Outstanding choices include the always moist cochinita pibil, marinated in fruit juices and spices then cooked in banana leaves; and the fish dishes, always fresh and prepared in a variety of sauces. There are few reasons to visit Mentone. This is the best. The beef jerky at the Greenspot Deli & Market is another.
In another life more than 20 years ago I used to patronize La Paloma on Foothill just west of Garey in Pomona. It is still there but I have not been back. I used to also patronize Xocimilco (not sure of the spelling) which is in a strip mall on the east side of Indian Hill just north of Holt (sign says "Mexican Food"). This place was recently written up by the L.A. Times Inland Valley edition restaurant "reviewer". The neighborhood seems marginal though, and I won't be going there.
When I want Mexican I shoot over from Chino to El Cholo in La Habra.
The wife and I also tried Baja Bob's, which is hidden in the back of a strip type shopping center (next door to the Catholic church) on Central Ave in Chino. The decor was totally non-descript, this is a restaurant in space that was probably built to be an office suite. They have a front room that seemed filled mostly by a bar, and we were in a side room. The food was pretty good though and the prices reasonable.
There are probably tons of Mexican restaurants in the Inland Empire and there are sure to be some gems.
Most Mexican in the IE is either tex-mex, American-mex, or Sonoran. Basically, you get tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas. No sopes, tortas, mole, birria.....
Also, many say "authentic Mexican" but I see the use of cheddar cheese and pre-made, pre-fried taco shells, yuck. Most everything in the IE uses cheddar. Many places use pre-made sauces and other ingredients.
In Indio, there is teresa's cafe. mostly tacos and burritos, but great mole and chile relleno, authentic taste too!
Well, I can tell you, Chino Wayne, that La Paloma is still excellent. Great chile rellenos, killer margaritas.
Another good place is Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino. Well known. Sonoran food. Our family has been going here for 60 years, no lie. Try "Peggy's Special", it's delicious. Lots of celebrities used to go here in the '40's and '50's, it's still good.
Anchos in Riverside has REALLY tender steak tacos. They don't skimp on portions either. $13.99 for three includes rice, beans etc.
Los Jarritos in Pomona makes delicious enchiladas (not the watery kind) about $1.55/ea and is famous for their Menudo.
El Merendero in Pomona makes big fat huge combo burritos complete with everything. Rice, beans, guac, EVERYTHING. $4
and I agree with Chino Wayne, I do NOT suggest La PALOMA.