Huevos Rancheros: Tonny’s Restaurant

I had to be in Pasadena today so I figured I’d find a place for my breakfast fix. A quick google search on “best huevos rancheros pasadena” gave me a few suggestions and Tonny’s came up a few times, it even showed up as a comment on this blog! (It’s kinda cool and a bit funny when Chanfles! shows up in my searches, but I usually already know what I think. Or thought.) So with those endorsements, my game plan was set!

I prefer driving up Orange Grove rather than taking the freeway; people are less honky on the streets when you’re trying to restart your car, and it’s a tad more dangerous adding gasoline to the carburetor when cars are whizzing by at 65 mph. Plus you can cruise by the Rose Parade offices and throw your trash on their immaculate lawns, just for a bit of extra fun. It’s big fancy homes and then suddenly you get to the Mexican part of Pasadena; you’ll notice the restaurants and stores are just slightly different than those in “Old Town”, where you find all the newest shops.

We promptly get our requisite chips and salsa. Though the salsa was fine, it had that familiar tomatoey pepper taste that I seem to find at many Mexican-American restaurants, a sort of Herdez style canned salsa but with just a bit of fresh ingredients to give it some life. I hope I’m wrong but I’m running into this flavor much too frequently.

As I was thinking about the salsa I got my plate of HR’s and it had that familiar Mex-American look to it as well. For a moment I thought they had given me a chile relleno plate but a quick check and yup, this is my breakfast. I was a bit disappointed with the excessive cheese, one of the reasons I first started documenting my HR experiences. And it didn’t help that their salsa “ranchera” was basically the red sauce they probably use on every other dish, that slightly sweet concoction made mostly from the mild chile california. I don’t mind this sauce, it has it’s qualities. But it’s such a common factor that it’s almost like ketchup on potatoes. If you look at the picture long enough, you can imagine the taste. I like this kind of food, it’s a known value. But I only go to Mex-American style places when I’m in the mood for that flavor. There really needs to be a way to distinguish between Mexican and Mex-American food, as they are two very different cuisines. Jack and Cheddar cheese are not a staple of Mexican food.

There was a lightly fried tortilla underneath but it disintegrated in the sauce. Y pa’ cabarla de chingar, the eggs were overcooked as you can clearly see above. Boo! Some guy was getting a plate of chilaquiles (possibly with the same sauce) and I was wishing I had ordered that instead. I might go back to Tonny’s but I don’t think I’ll have their $6 HR’s again.

Tonny’s Restaurant 626.797.0866
843 E Orange Grove Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104

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6 Responses to Huevos Rancheros: Tonny’s Restaurant

  1. Sometimes I feel they just open a can of salsa El Pato and dump it on food. I think I know the taste you’re talking about. The cheese on the huevos looks really bad. Where’s the queso fresco?

  2. mooncrazy says:

    Love these reviews. Maybe you should switch to chilaquiles. I’ve never been able to find any just like a friend’s mother, fantastic. You should slip in a recipe for them.

  3. la rebelde says:

    I’ve been to Tonny’s a couple times. I thought their camarones en chipotle were okay. I don’t usually order dishes with red sauces because they just don’t taste like the chile I know from NM. I have to admit, I’m not sure what “good” salsa ranchera tastes like. Now I know not to order the HR there!

  4. Julio says:

    I went to this place when someone found it recommend on An absolute let down. It’s really not fair to judge Mexican food when I’ve been eating at El Huarachito in Lincoln Heights. (El Huera needs to lower their prices though!)

  5. johnk says:

    Yeah, you should maybe do some recipes. The dish has so many different parts, that each component could be a complete article. The process of frying the perfect egg could take a whole article. Making the sauce – that’s a research project of its own.

    Your detailed bean recipe really improved all my bean cooking.

  6. Thank you for these reviews. It is nice to read that my Husband is not the only man that goes out of his way to hunt down the “best”. His choice of game is Chiles Rellenos. We have to drive to Perris for him to get his fix, becuase he has yet to find any better.

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