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Paseo Cantina, Pasadena (a review)


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Paseo Cantina, Pasadena (a review)

WildSwede | Dec 27, 2007 07:42 AM

On Christmas Eve, my friend and I stopped in for a late lunch around 2-ish. This restaurant is in the space where Border Grill used to be in Paseo Colorado in Pasadena (next to PF Chang’s). It has been renovated and is a very lovely space. The west and south walls are mostly floor-to-ceiling windows. They have Mariachis and Folklorio dancers from Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday for brunch. We were the only ones there when we walked in, but by the time we left (at 4) there were several tables that were filled.
They brought us a platter of four-colored chips and two delicious salsas and there were cheese quesadillas on that plate, too! YUM! We each ordered the house margaritas (on the rocks, with salt, thankyouverymuch!) and got down to deciding what we wanted to eat. They have two soups which are permanently on the menu (albondigas & tortilla) and one soup of the day. That was Mariscos on this particular day. My friend ordered this. I ordered the chicken flautas. They have some very delicious-looking items on the menu, which I will try next time (see attached link).
Our waiter, the Winona, MN transplant, and very gracious and professional, Steffen, brought us freshly made HOT tortillas with butter. We were all over those. My friend made them up like she used to do in Merida when she was little – a little butter, a little salt and a squeeze of lime (dipped in salsa if you want) and quickly eaten! So good! I think when all was said and done, he had brought us fresh tortillas 4 times!!
Our food arrived and her soup had so much seafood in it – scallops, shrimp, etc. She loved it. Mine came with the two flautas cut in half and standing up on the plate – nice presentation. Chicken was good, but was made much better with the salsa slathered on! Service was friendly and very attentive, but not overbearingly so. It was perfect.
The owned stopped by to see how we were doing and we chatted for a while. He stopped by a couple more times. He is very gracious and is obviously proud of his establishment. He said that this is his first restaurant venture. I think he got it right. We were so comfortable there that we both agreed that if she did not have to go back to work, we would have sat there for more than the 2 hours we did!
Steffen brought us more quesadillas stating “here are some just-off-the-grill quesadillas”. Then the owner came by again and told us that he was going to buy us dessert and would send over the tray. We looked at each other and laughed since we were so full, we thought (read: thought) we could not eat any more.
Well, here comes the dessert tray: 3 choices: Fresas con crema, Coconut Flan and Crepas con Cajete. I said that we could share one, but the owner said that we each had to get our own. Nancy got the strawberries and I got the coconut flan.
When the desserts arrived, they were beautiful. Her fresas con crema came in an edible bowl made of an almond-brittle-type mixture and was delicious, sticky, sinful. My flan was one of the best I have ever had. All of a sudden, surprisingly, we had room!! Imagine that!! ;-) We agreed that the flan was the best and ate it all.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Definitely. Service is wonderful and the food is great. Wonderful space and atmosphere. Go!
They have happy hour from 3-6:30, with botanas and drink specials.

Paseo Cantina
260 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 203, Pasadena, CA 91101
Paseo Colorado on Upper Fountain Court, next to P.F. Chang's

Monday: 11am to 10pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11am to 11pm
Thursday: 11am to 12midnight
Friday & Saturday: 11am to 1am
Sunday: 10am to 10pm (brunch)

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