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“So glad we stopped!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chiquita Bonita

Chiquita Bonita
Ranked #90 of 693 Restaurants in Pasadena
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“So glad we stopped!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

Was walking around Old Pasadena and wanted really good Mexican food. Googled and Chiquita Bonita had great reviews. Drove the 4 miles and found the little hole in wall. No idea how people found this place, but glad they did. Had a pork burrito that was fantastic! The refried beans and homemade salsa and guac were great too. The place is rundown, but the food was excellent. If I lived here I'd eat here regularly.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Fruita, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Mexican Food!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Great seasoned great taste! Large portion and we sat and right through breakfast almost to lunch! Lots of choices on the menu and really authentic.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Scotts-Fr
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Tulsa, OK
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice Local Mexican Restaurant.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I had one crab and one shrimp burrito. I should have had two shrimp burritos.

Good service and good food, but I would stick with the more conventional Mexican dishes.

Visited January 2013
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Thank reckeuph
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Pasadena, CA
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What's good? Everything! Best Mexican food in Pasadena.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

You might ask owner Tavo, "What's good on the menu?" He will predictably say, "Everything!" Although I cannot claim to have sampled every item on the menu, I have never been disappointed with a meal yet, and I have been dining at Chiquita for about 15 years. My favorites are the king combo burrito with pork, huevos rancheros, fish tacos and shrimp tacos. If you have a favorite that is not on the menu (unthinkable!) ask Tavo and he can probably prepare it for you.

Homey and not expensive, this is a true mom-and-pop business. Tavo took over operations from his mom and dad, who still take an occasional turn waiting tables (mom) and cooking (dad) They also cater, and at Christmas they offer hand-made tamales -- but you must order early because the tamales disappear quickly. Fort hose who wish to partake, Chiquita serves beer

Located at the east end of "auto row" on Colorado Blvd in Pasadena, just west of Rosemead Blvd, across from the Best Western motel -- parking in back and on the street. Chiquita totally deserves my 5-star rating.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Charles F
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Edmonton, Canada
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Homestyle Mexican Meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012

After traveling to LA from the frozen white north, we were looking for a good mexican style meal to satify our two Teenagers. In their words....I ate too much and my belly hurts. Do we need to say more?

Great service and food.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chuckles_hall
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