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Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine in Pasadena serves food and fun in generous portions

Fine Mexican Cuisine, big screen TVs and friendly service
Fine Mexican Cuisine, big screen TVs and friendly serviceDiane Tegarden

Cabrera's Mexican Cuisine


As you walk into the low lit interior of Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine, you’re likely to be greeted personally by their friendly, helpful staff and the sound of laughter coming from the bar area. The 3 big screen TV’s show sporting events and the lively music entertain you as you wait for their signature, authentic cuisine served in generous portions.

A local favorite since 1985 Cabrera’s offers traditional Mexican fare (burritos, taquitos, fajitas, flautas, nachos, quesadillas and tacos), as well as original signature dishes, including their famous Steak Ranchero (juicy beef sirloin with a special molcajete sauce, and topped with grilled onions, tomato, and jalapeno chilies; served with grilled cactus, rice, and beans for $15.95); Cabrera's Molcajete (grilled steak, chicken, or shrimp placed on a bed of nopal cactus with panela cheese, grilled chorizo, and grilled onions; topped with the chef's special molcajete sauce for $16.95); Carne Con Camarones (beef sirloin accompanied with garlic grilled shrimp and served with rice, beans, and guacamole for $14.95); and Asada Mexico (beef sirloin accompanied by a cheese enchilada and served with rice, beans, and guacamole for $15.95), to name a few.

They excel at serving the very best seafood, including such favorites as Chicken and Shrimp; Ceviche (fish and shrimp marinated with fresh lime juice and enhanced with a touch of the chef's secret spices; served with pico de gallo and small pieces of jalapeno chilies for $7.95); Shrimp and Crab Enchiladas (two corn tortillas stuffed with shrimp, crab, cheese, bell pepper, and onion topped with creamy green sauce, cheese, and avocado slices and served with rice and beans for $10.95); Camarones Al Tequila (large shrimp sautéed with virgin olive oil and special seasonings; flamed with tequila and a touch of cream and served with rice and julienne vegetables for $13.95); Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo (large shrimp sautéed in butter, fresh garlic, and spices and served with rice and beans for $12.95) and Camarones Rancheros (large shrimp sautéed in butter and simmered in a special ranchera sauce with onion and bell pepper and served with rice and beans for $11.95).

My personal favorites are their delicious albondigas soup, which is a meatball soup cooked with slices of carrots and celery, served with a side dish of Spanish rice, chopped onion and cilantro for seasoning; Chile Colorado (juicy chunks of tender beef, bell pepper, and onion simmered in a special red sauce and served with rice and beans); and the soft beef taquitos served with guacamole, rice and beans.

Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine offers 3 locations in the San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena, Arcadia and Duarte), the Pasadena restaurant is located at 655 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. They have ample parking behind the restaurant off Earlham Street just south of the restaurant. They are open Monday-Tuesday 11am-10pm, Wednesday 11am-11pm, Thursday 11am-midnight, Friday-Saturday 11am-1am and on Sunday 10am-midnight. If you have any questions about catering an event call (877) 228-3777, or ask for the general manager, Bernardo Godoy at (626) 795-0230.