The endless options for decent Mexican food are abundant; it seems as though everyone has conjured up their own favorites stretching across La Ciudad de Los Angeles. Leading the charge, with a mass-following, is Tony’s Mexican Grill, located in a little strip-mall in Sherman Oaks. This family run jewel takes hand-made authenticity and quality to a higher plain, making every meal, breakfast to dinner, extraordinary.
With a twist of fate and a childhood dream procured, owners Tony and Irma Gonzalez (along with their daughter-Natalia) have piloted the restaurant since they opened sixteen years ago. The recipes, inspired by Tony’s mother, stem from the Zacatecas region of Mexico and melds robust and fresh flavors while keeping health conscious.
The experience starts with a plate of crispy tortilla chips and Tony’s fresh, jalapeno and roasted tomato salsa. Dip after dip, the heat slowly intensifies, prepping your palate for the next stage.
Breakfast at Tony’s will certainly get the day going with a blissful belly. Highlights include: Chilaquiles — crisp pieces of tortilla cooked with a delicious tomato sauce and topped with cheese. The crisp tortilla is paired with the eggs (any style) and beans. This hearty and warm meal will set you straight until dinner. The Machaca (shredded spiced beef) and eggs is another great option, giving a protein punch, satisfying to any carnivore.
The many lunch and dinner options are equally irresistible. The well crafted selection of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, ingredient-rich salads, grilled meats and seafood (Tony’s Big Plates) allow for endless choices. Making up your mind is the hard part, filling up is easy.
The Chili Rellenos, chilies stuff with cheese then breaded in egg batter and covered with special red sauce, are mouth wateringly delicious and super comforting. Simply put, the best around. Period.
Enchiladas with Verde Sauce are tantalizing and superior to the common enchilada. The tang of the Verde sauce paired with chicken, black olives, avocado, sour cream and cheese make this a one-of-a-kind, habit-forming choice. Luckily, a combination plate will put these options in the forefront.
The Chicken Mole’, only available on Mondays, is a prized concoction with a plethora of ingredients. The smooth, savory and chocolaty sauce gets more and more delicious with every bite. It is easy to wipe the plate clean and will vanish any Monday blues.
Grilled Salmon or Mahi Mahi Special (Veracruzana Style) is a true phenomenon only served Friday through Sunday. The perfectly grilled fish is served on a bed of rice with grilled spinach and zucchini then topped with mushrooms, capers, tomatoes and a green and black olive salsa. Fresh and healthy has never tasted so good.
Finally, bringing the Tony’s experience full circle, every meal is followed up with a complimentary and delicious fresh fruit cup topped with dollop of special sweet cream. It is a perfect culmination that will make any sweet tooth quiver in joy.
The Bottom Line – Breakfast-$5-7, lunch and dinner-$6-12, comfortable and family friendly, where there is always a warm welcome and a smile from the loyal and friendly staff. A Mexican food awakening where heart and soul is delivered in every forkful. Tony’s Mexican Grill is located at 12910 Magnolia Blvd. #F in Sherman Oaks. For more information, please visit www.tonysmexicangrill.com
Los Angeles born and raised, Scott Putman is the principal of PROFITdine, a restaurant financial advisory firm specializing in assisting independent operator’s success. Visit www.profitdine.com.