With Halloween and The Day of the Dead just around the corner, get started on the festivities by heading to Old Pasadena for some of the best Mexican food in the city. Whether or not you celebrate the holiday with your ancestral ghouls, take some time out between all the Halloween and Day of the Dead activities, including Trick-or-Treating and a Fiesta, hosted by Old Pasadena to check out the Mexican restaurants in the area.
El Toreo Café has been in Old Pasadena forever. It may not be the most glamorous spot and you might even have gone right past on the way to the Cheesecake Factory, but it’s my favorite place for Mexican. Don’t let the seemingly haunted jukebox scare you away when it goes off out of nowhere as you enjoy some crazy hot salsa to go with warm chips as you pick out your entrée (enchiladas—always go for the enchiladas).
Frida Tacos has an outpost in Old Pasadena and it’s a perfect spot for a quick bite. An updated take on a classic taqueria, if you happen to be having a late night, then Frida Tacos is where you will to stop for a bite on the way home as it is open until the wee hours.
King Taco looks small from its spot on the corner, but inside there is usually a line that wraps around to the additional seating that you can’t see from outside. Take your place in line and then order a deliciously sweet pineapple drink to sip as you wait for your food.
Tortas Mexico has a selection of tortas, of course, but many of the fillings can’t be found at every Mexican spot around town. The spot also offers some less-expensive-than-a-diner breakfast options as well as items that vegetarians can dig and a bunch of other dishes worth a try.
And there’s a more than a few Mexican restaurants outside of Old Pasadena as well including:
El Portal has long been a favorite for the Conchita Pibil, a marinated pork dish accented by pickled onions. With kids options and plenty of space, El Portal is a perfect spot for families.
Mijares is one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in the city and has two locations as a result, to go with the very expansive menu. Good any day of the year, it also hosts special events and large groups, should you need such a thing.
This year, even dogs are welcome to celebrate the spookiest day of the year with a tasty bite, as The Dog Bakery is hosting a costume parade for pooches and giving out treats for any dogs that show up in costume for the Trick-or-Treating event in Old Pasadena. Check out the official site for more of the Halloween happenings.
photo courtesy of Rocky Behr at Folk Tree and Pasadena Now.