Review | Trejo’s Cantina: Pasadena-American Comfort Food

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10:50 am | July 5, 2017

Those who might be expecting free-range, gluten-free, hand-taught, agave-fed designer LA Mex dishes served by a man-bunned lumberjack hipster, at Trejo’s Cantina, will be disappointed.

The actor’s latest effort is down-home Southern California Taqueria-style with a traditional menu.

The space, the former location of Red, White and Bluez, is decorated simply and comfortably. The look is more Pasadena than El Sereno, but definitely nowhere west of La Brea. No one is messing with a proven formula here.

Meanwhile, the guacamole is fresh, thick and chunky with enough chips to build a small lean-to. As mentioned there are the tradition menu selections here, but there are some surprises as well. We tried the Mexican White Shrimp taco with cherry tomato, slaw, beans, Fresno chili and cilantro, which was flavorful, as well as the blackened Salmon, which was bordering on magnificent.

Given our run of the place, we also tried the hearty pulled beef brisket taco, which was quite good, served with tortilla strips and a toss of radishes.

The star of the afternoon matinee, however, was the Jindoro fried chicken burrito, served “wet” with a red chili sauce. A more detailed description is isn’t necessary. It tastes exactly like its name. Filling enough for two people, you won’t want to share it. But, that’s your issue.

Meanwhile, we look forward to our next lunch at Trejo’s. Maybe there’s something there we didn’t order. Unlikely. We’ll just have everything again.

Trejo’s Cantina · 37 S El Molino Ave Pasadena, CA 91101, (626) 792-4441.