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Mar 3, 2006 07:06 PM

Tonny's - Pasadena

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Went for lunch yesterday. Ordered the Pozole, Al Pastor soft taco, Carne Asada Hard Taco and an Iced Tea. Came to a little over $11 before tip.
First the sweet waitress brought me the chips, a pretty boring salsa, and lime. Then she brought me the tacos and a duo of salsas (one green and one red) and jalapenos. Once I mixed some of those other salsas into the one that came with the chips, I was good to go.
The Al Pastor was okay. Very juicy and tender. Flavorful. The Carne Asada hard taco was in a taco shell which they fried themselves. The meat was shoved inside and it was on its side with some lettuce, cheese, sour cream and an avocado sauce. Pretty good. The meat was not really flavored but was tender and juicy as well.
However, the real belle of the ball was the Pozole. A large bowl, $4.99, which came with the usual fixins on the side – cabbage, onions/cilantro, lime. WOWWY! What a great, deeply reddish-orange broth. So delicious!! I will definitely be having that again. And their tortillas – just so good! I had to take most of the soup home since, as usual, my eyes were bigger than my stomach (which is hard to believe). Seemed like most the people who were there while I was were ordering one of their several soups.
I will definitely go back to try some of the other offerings. Really good place!

Tonny's Restaurant
843 E Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 797-0866

Open 24 hours

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  1. It is a matter of utter shame to me that I live within comfortable walking distance of this place, and I'VE NEVER BEEN THERE! What (smacking forehead) is the matter with me??

    Okay. This weekend sometime. PROMISE. Damn, I love posole...AND menudo. They got menudo?

    3 Replies
    1. re: Will Owen

      I'm a 5 minute drive from there and I've never tried it either. Jonathon Gold likes the chile verde there.

      1. re: martyR

        I just moved to Pasadena and tried the chile verde - it is pretty damn awesome. Frankly, it kicked my ass.

        I've found you can't really go wrong with most of the pork items at Tonny's - they do it right. Baa-ram-ewe.

      2. re: Will Owen

        Yes! I am pretty sure they do have menudo.

      3. Tonny's is the best authentic Mexican food in Pasadena and it's not even close.
        The only thing that I've found consistently subpar is the al pastor. The carnitas and carne asada are excellent. Their chile relleno and chile verde are also fantastic. Plus it's damn cheap and fresh tortillas.
        I've even had the shrimp (diablo) there and it was good.
        They also have a juicer and make fresh juices.
        I was there last night as it happens.

        1. Tonny's makes great birria, the hand-made corn tortillas are yummy as well.

          Plus, open 24 hours for those late-night/early morning urges ...

          1. I heard about this place and was in the area, so we tried it. A lot of choices. We just had the chicken soup, chile verde, and mango and pineapple juice. My wife, no fan of Mexican food, really liked the soup. It tasted like it was from real chicken stock. The chile verde was quite good too, although some of the pork was a little too fatty. The juices were fresh and not sugary. The tortillas looked like they were handmade. The prices were low and we had really a delish meal. The somewhat spotty service was the only thing. The waitress was very nice, but just not too attentive, like we didn't get any water, napkins, or utensils until the meal came. Otherwise, a nice experience. Thanks, hounds!

            1. Another A plus from us!! That Chile Verde is the best I've had outside of New Mexico...