Pasadena >Food & Dining > Amigo's Restaurant
1076 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110634.145930 -118.124119
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
They accomodate dishes of your choice, even if its not on the menu – This place is small and somewhat quiet. Its a combination of Mexican restaurant and Canteena. The service I've received had been particularly exceptional, at least on the restaurant side. I love shrimp, and the 1st time I went there I didn't find anything to my liking. However when I asked the waiter about shrimp tacos he was more than happy to ask the chef custom-cook one for me. I found that impressive and quite customer service oriented. The menu honestly is quite small, the taste selective-not everything was delectable. The servers can sometimes be slow due to the restaurant being understaffed. The atmosphere is average, it does give you that feeling of being in Mexico though. The price is also average. A warning - the rest rooms needs attention at all times. Parking is very limited, both on the lot and streets. The canteena gets crowded mostly during happy hours and weekends, people can get somewhat loud and a bit rowdy. The drinks are average, both price and taste wise. The service on that side ranges from poor to average. The crowd are mostly matured individuals, definitely not a place to look for prospective dates.
Go In With The Right Attitude & Experience homemade food at great prices; Definite Hole In The Wall Find – I'm stunned by the bad experiences these reviewers have had. We have been going to Amigo's regularly for over five years based on a neighbor's recommendation (we see her there all the time - if she's not already with us). What will count the most, though, is that we've brought friends with us from all over the country who enjoy the food & the unusual atmosphere. Those from Los Angeles go back often on their own (we get mad when they don't invite us but catch them there!)
I'll also make no bones about it - this is a 'hole in the wall / local hangout' - you will see familiar faces if you go back a few times. The wait staff can definitely be goofy (including the older guy) but are typically very nice and attentive including the manager who looks out for the regulars.
What's also different is that the food is prepared 'short order' style - so it is typically hot and fresh. Sure the rice and beans leave something to be desired but focus on the meats, sauces, and homemade tamales. Unlike El Cholo which serves food from bins - you will usually find the meats juicy and marinated and the taco shells and tortilla chips crunchy and fresh. The salsa is also homemade & is excellent.
The best thing about the restaurant is the pricing. Look at the Specials Board and you might find shrimp diabla or fajitas for $8.95. Also be daring and try the soup (a little salty) or some of the more traditional Mexican dishes. The burritos are big.
Warning though: The margaritas (order Cadillac for more flavor) are sweet and STRONG. One will give you a buzz; two will send you to tomorrow... be careful!
OK - I am writing this review (not typical for me) mainly because I don't think the restaurant has gotten a fair shake. Don't go out of your way to go there - but bring a group, hang out, enjoy the "Pulp Fiction"-like environment (including cheesy tunes on the jukebox) and RELAX.
Again, this is a hole in the wall - go in with the right attitude and be rewarded.
Do NOT go here – First off, the place is dark and usually empty (for a good reason) when there are people there they are generally large, loud groups. The service is bad, the waiters and waitresses are rude and neglected to refill my water glass on several occasions, my boyfriend ordered a margarita and was served a virgin one but charged full price ($7.50). He complained and they corrected it. The food was served floating in its own grease, and was generally horrible. There are tons of good Mexican restaurants in Pasadena and the surrounding areas, there is no point in wasting your time or money on this one. Go elsewhere, I know I will from now on.
Mediocre at best. – Being of Mexican decent, this experience was very disappointing. The service was slow and the waiter (looked like he was past retirement age) was very rude. The food was horrible, especially the Carne con Chile Verde (Pork with Green Sauce). The sauce looked like it was made yesterday a reheated today. The rice was hard in texture and had no flavor at all. As for the music, it sounded like it came off a soundtrack from a cheesy stereotypical Mexican movie that was made for Americans only. Lastly, as we walked in, there were no other patrons in the restaurant. Only a few people at the bar. That should've given us a clue about this place. The only thing that was good was the price. Needless to say, I will not be going back nor recommending this Mexican restaurant to anyone.
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