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Breakfast at Tonny's

Will Owen | Oct 22, 2011 03:18 PM

It's been so long since I've been here, ridiculous considering that I could easily walk there. And after my breakfast this morning I probably should have walked!

A musician friend from Nashville camps out in the Guest Suite whenever he's in town for a gig, and this morning he was up for eating out somewhere. He'd tried to go to Tonny's last night, on my recommendation, but couldn't figure out the parking because (turns out) someone had parked in front of the sign, so we decided to go there, without Mrs. O who had a project. This guy is mostly vegetarian, though eggs and cheese are okay, and he got the Huevos Mexicano, scrambled with onions and peppers. Believe it or not I'd never had chilequiles, and the Chilequiles con Huevos looked like a very good idea, especially with the salsa verde and guacamole, glass of Jamaica on the side. It took a while for the crew to churn the stuff out - the joint was pretty full - but it was well worth the wait.

With rice and beans as usual, this was one stacked plate. The well-sauced tortilla pieces occupied fully half of it, and when I slid the over-easy eggs onto the top I had probably the biggest breakfast plate I've gotten since my CFS at Temecula's Swing Inn. Everything was scalding hot, as it should be, and the real heat from the salsa added to the excitement. The flavors melded sharp, rich, vegetal, meaty and spicy-herbal into a wide variety of combinations that seemed to change with each bite. It was pain that kept me from inhaling everything, and I was grateful for it. I think this is the first time I've found a non-Midwestern or non-Southern breakfast ranking at the very top, but this was close to the best if not the best I can remember. And with a very generous tip we split an $18 tab.

Got to do THAT again!

Tonny's Restaurant
843 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

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