Thursday, January 1, 2015

El Merendero Mexican Restaurant

Wayne and I love living in Powell River, BC, but there aren't many places to get really good Mexican food. When we return to Southern California, we head straight for El Merendero No. 1 at 1910 Fairplex Drive in La Verne. They have the best Mexican food around. The portions are large, but it's the flavour that's huge!

You can eat inside or under their covered front patio. Inside you can order beer and wine, but outside you get fresh air and people to watch. The choice is yours. 

We love to go to El Merendero for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

For breakfast, Wayne's loves the huevos rancheros and for me it's the chorizo and eggs. That way I can make my own little breakfast tacos with the warm tortillas that come with the meal. The breakfast burritos are also a great choice.

And if you need a morning pick-me-up. there's a big bowl of menudo.

For lunch and dinner, our favourites include the enchiladas, taquitos, and chili rellanos, or make it a chili rellano burrito, yum!  You can also order tamales to go for those festive occasions.

Walk up to the window, check out their extensive menu board, and order. Of course, you can take your food home, but stay awhile and enjoy the fun people, good service, and great food at El Merendero No. 1. -- Margy


  1. A good Mexican restaurant is a must! We have one here, real Mexican rather than TexMex which is actually what I prefer. They do have this great white queso that is so much better than the yellow cheese dip. Glad you have found your favorite too.

    1. You are so right. What I find most different in the Pacific Northwest are the chips and taco shells. They don't make them out of regular corn tortillas, so they don't fry up as crisp and puffy. It's one reason our trips to LA are so much fun in the winter season. Hot weather and hot sauce. - Margy


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy