Old Las Ruinas Site in Pasadena - Now Taco Station
Have not been, just passed by and noticed yesterday. So, the owner shut down Las Ruinas to open a hot dog & burger 50's type thing that never materialized and years later it becomes another taco place. I doubt it will be anywhere near as good as Las Ruinas was.
Anybody been yet?
4088 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501
I went today for lunch (if it is still lunch at 3:35pm). They have a nifty menu $1.50 tacos on delicious handmade tortillas: Carne Asada, Fajitas de Pollo, Barbacoa de Res, Cochinita Pibil (with pickled onions) and Frijoles Puercos (with chorizo & cheese). Quesadilla $4.75 w/ meat $6.25. Frijoles Charros (Bean soup, Mexican sausage, bacon & pico de gallo). Crispy Tacos (3) $5.75. Beef or potato with lettuce, cheese, sour cream and beef broth). Chimichanga $5.75 (with beef and beans, sour cream and salsa), Taquitos de Pollo $4.75 (with Guac). They also have a selection of 4 vegetarian tacos $2/ea: Nopales con Pico de Gallo, Tacos de Soya (meatless taco filling), Taco de Soyrizo w/potato and Taco de Vegetales (cauliflower, corn, tomato, onion & bellpepper).
I ordered 3 tacos: one each of the Barbacoa, Cochinita Pibil and Frijoles and a Fanta (they only have canned sodas and bottled water). Came to $6 something, not counting a buck tip. I have to say, it was delicious!! I slathered the tacos in their red chile, a little salt, and dug in. The beans are pretty dang close to how I make mine, so I ate the beans with my fork and then put more chile on the tortilla and ate that by itself. I could eat a dozen of their delicious hand-made tortillas!! The cochinita pibil was probably my favorite - it was really good but the barbacoa was great as well. I cannot wait to go back to try more items on the menu. I really miss Las Ruinas, but this is a suitable replacement and definitely better than having it standing alone and forlorn like it has been!!! Thanks!