Serendipity is all I can say. I had just finished a meeting with a colleague and had a lengthy discussion on the topic of the proposed Pasadena streetcar that would hopefully run down Green St one day. After the meeting, I decided to drive down Green St just to imagine what it would be like to ride in a streetcar one day (hopefully all the way down to PCC). To my pleasant surprise, the vintage and historic gas station at the corner of Green and Chester had large red umbrellas out and people eating at dining tables outside! I was so excited that I immediately pulled into the parking lot and wanted to find out more info.
I met the owner, Norma, who explained to me while I munched on a delicious steak quesadilla that her eponymously named restaurant just opened on April 17th and is a 20-year dream come true. Born in Sonora, Mexico, she has been a Pasadena resident for 21 years now. Her dream of owning her own business led her and her husband Ulises to this unique historic gas station (built in 1924) because of the charm inherent in the vintage gas pumps and lamp poles among other bygone qualities the station offered.
All the vegetables are picked up fresh daily (by Norma herself) and the tortillas are home made.
As I left Norma’s Tacos, I couldn’t help but think maybe one day I would be able to take a streetcar all the way down Green St to this cute restaurant.
Because there isn’t a website yet, here’s more info:
1265 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91106
626-795-1224 (To Go Orders)
M thru Sat — 11AM-9PM
Sundays — 11AM-6PM