Huevos Rancheros: Shakers


I should know better.

(same dish, but with flash!)

I like Shakers in South Pasadena, it’s fine for when I feel like having some ethnic Anglo food. I usually go for soups, but this day they were both meat based. (Now why would any restaurant do that?) So I lost all my marbles and said fuck it, lets give these HR’s a go! I was expecting a bit of the funny so I wasn’t too shocked when I got my plate of eggs over sliced potatoes drenched in marinara sauce. I assume the cheese, sour cream, black olives, and avocado is supposed to Mexicanize it into HR’s, but trust me, these are not HR’s. Sure, it was a decent meal FOR WHAT IT WAS, but this has no right to be called Huevos Rancheros.

When does playing with a style cross over into new territory? If I made a pizza with one flour tortilla, some salsa roja, queso fresco, and rice and beans on top, should I still have the right to call it a pizza? Or should I just roll it up and call it a burro? Is this the breakfast equivalent of newbies to the city stealing the term Eastside? Nah, this dish isn’t THAT bad.

Like I said, this plate is okay. It was supposed to have more sauce but the waitress accidentally spilled most of it on the table and cutlery as she was putting down my friends dish. But I don’t think it would have made much of a difference cuz it was still just marinara sauce. Make sure to note the bread instead of tortillas detail. I’m down with toast, but not when it comes with HR’s. She asked if I wanted hot sauce, I said okay.

“What kind?”

Uh, salsa?

“We have Tabasco and Tapatio.”

I went with Tapatio, but I didn’t bother using it.

I’m filing this under the joke dish category.

Shakers  626.799.9168
601 Fair Oaks
South Pasadena, CA 91030

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6 Responses to Huevos Rancheros: Shakers

  1. rolo says:

    looks tasty lol

  2. Frankly, just looking at this picture gave me un grand dolor de cabeza, what with the greasy goppy “salsa” and the radioactive orange cheese stuff oozing all over. Que no sabes que los mejores huevos rancheros are made en casa, Chavito este? Still, I can’t blame you for pursuing the perfect huevos ranchos. Hmmm. It gives me an idea for a future post!

  3. EL CHAVO! says:

    Ha ha, get on it cuz I just finished taking pics of my HR recipe, it should be up this weekend and I want to compare notes!

  4. Chavo,
    I can’t wait to see your recipe for Huevos Rancheros. Perhaps it will be so good, that I will be downright afraid to post mine! Happy cooking!

  5. Doc says:


    Can’t wait!! I’ve checked twice. I thoroughly enjoy your Cooking with El Chavo adventures/episodes and your HR crusades. LOL! I recently made myself a platillo of HR – but, since I only used one egg, I guess it was just a huevo ranchero! I like the salsa verde version – homemade salsa verde with fire roasted tomates verdes (tomatillos) and jalapenos. Good salsa verde has to have those little flecks of black in it! LOL!

    Ha te watcho!

  6. lizmo says:

    OMG. I used to live in Pasadena. We went to Shakers at night. I would never have been brave enough to try HR there. That’s a guaranteed crazy screwed up meal. Shakers is better for a bowl of soup or grilled cheese at the end of a long day of cramming for finals, after a movie, or after a play rehersal when you are starving !! At least the avocado looked fresh 🙂

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