Chef Danny Godinez has three restaurants in Orange County, all exploring the potential and diversity of the food of his home country. And now he's brought Maestro to Union Street in Pasadena. Maestro is less thematic than Godinez's O.C. restaurants, which have focused on French/Mexican cooking, or molecular techniques, or the aforementioned state-specific dishes. At Maestro, Godinez is looking to present "things that people have never tried before while still using Mexican flavors." The room is long and comfy and dark, backed by a small bar decorated with traditional Mexican tiles. There's a focus on tequila and mezcal cocktails. The margaritas are stellar. There are small plates meant for sharing. There's huitlacoche ice cream. —Besha Rodell Read our full review.
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