An upscale spot in Old Town Pasadena, Maestro serves interesting and excellent Mexican food. This is a great spot for any occasion, from drinks and a couple appetizers at the bar to an all-out celebratory meal. The small plates are good - we like the beets with a yoghurt-y whipped goat cheese, and calamari with super-spicy chile de arbol peppers - but the mains are fantastic. The arrachera (grilled skirt steak) comes with a unique and very good chorizo chimichurri, and the lamb shank barbacoa is so tender that it falls off the bone the second you touch it. They’ve also got some of the best cocktails in town - get the barrel-aged mezcal Manhattan, or one of the margaritas.
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