Tonight my wife and I had dinner with another couple at Los Gueros Grill in Pasadena (in the big barn-like building on San Gabriel Blvd., not to be confused with the Monrovia location). We all loved it; this was the first visit for the other couple. I tried the tacos salseados, a generous portion of small steak pieces atop 6 homemade corn tortillas, accompanied by 5 different salsas. The steak was grilled, tasty and tender and made even better by the various salsas. It came with the usual rice and beans, done very nicely. My wife had a chicken tostada which she liked but it didn't seem like anything special. The husband of the other couple ordered chile colorado which he raved about (I didn't try it) and ate up everything on his plate. His wife had a chile relleno which she said was also very good. The chile colorado came with homemade corn tortillas which initially had our friend playing hot potato when he picked one up because it was right off the grill - he and his wife couldn't stop talking about how good they were.
I think "standard" Mexican fare can only be so good, but in my opinion Los Gueros ranks with the best of them, definitely above average. We also shared a bowl of tableside-made guacamole, thick fresh and tasty.
While the food was good, what really stood out tonight was the service. Our entrees took quite a long time to arrive and finally the waiter came and told us it was on its way but the delay was due to our order somehow getting lost. To make up for this, he comped all of us a free drink of our choice plus gave us the free guacamole. We hadn't complained or even mentioned the delay although maybe he saw us sort of looking around for our order. We certainly didn't expect him to give us so much stuff as an apology and it really wasn't necessary but he was nice enough to do it.
Along with the food we ordered were endless baskets of warm, crisp tortilla chips that had crunch and substance to them, accompanied by a fresh chunky salsa of chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and cilantro.
Overall, we had a very pleasurable experience. Our friends said this was on par with the best Mexican places he has tried (and he loves Mexican food); going there was my wife and my idea so you know we already like it. I just wanted to post this on the board because in addition to the food being good, it was a very nice unsolicited gesture by our waiter to make up for the delay in getting our order.