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Cuisine: Latin, Mexican
Price Range: $$
For Mexican food with a flair, Maestro Pasadena's the place. Start with a jalapeño margarita and pair it with their guacamole served with crisp plantain chips, then move on to some spicy fried... Read More
For Mexican food with a flair, Maestro Pasadena's the place. Start with a jalapeño margarita and pair it with their guacamole served with crisp plantain chips, then move on to some spicy fried calamari presented with a roasted bell pepper puree. That's a different take on the traditional, as are the Tacos Ahogados, which are more like a variation of a taquito than a taco, stuffed with free-range chicken and fried. You'll also find empanadas stuffed with shrimp and octopus; delicate Branzino served over a corn puree; mole chicken; and ceviche on this south-of-the-border menu that roams around Mexico for inspiration. If a smoky mezcal is to your taste, Maestro has a special collection on hand; try the artisanal batch of Respiral made by Reina Sanchez for a smooth taste sensation.
- Pasadena's Best Restaurants: "Make a date for Taco Tuesday and you'll discover Maestro's special selection of that Mexican favorite, done with corn tortillas."
- Best for Pasadena's Best Restaurants Because: An upscale take on classic Mexican dishes, Maestro also has an extensive collection of unique tequilas and mezcals.