The taqueria is taken to a new level here—true, you order at the counter, but you can have a superb margarita (a mere $4) while you wait, the setting is upscale, the tortillas are handmade on-site, and the food is better than at its fancier parent restaurant, the Pasadena El Cholo. It’s a panaderia, so you’ll find excellent breakfast pastries and desserts, along with good breakfast burritos, generous tacos and sopes, and a respectable menudo. Come on Tuesdays, when the margaritas are a mere $1.50 (you read that right) and tacos are $1.25.
577 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.449.2999, dona-rosa.com, Mexican. B, L & D daily (to midnight). Full bar. AE, MC, V. $-$$