Yes, we all know that Pasadena is no longer a complete and utter dining black hole, but it’s still a pretty big deal every time a decent new spot opens. The modern and kind of fancy Mexican restaurant Maestro, though, is the kind of place that any neighborhood would be excited to have. The space is small and cozy, the service friendly, and the food both interesting and delicious - if prone to arriving all at once. The duck carnitas put their porky cousins to shame, and come with buttery fried bread instead of tortillas, and if you’ve ever wanted to try esquites (Mexican corn) with grated crickets on top, this is the place to do it.
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