A couple girlfriends and I decided to try Osuna’s last week, which is located in the new strip mall on Grand Ave. The mall has been awaiting the opening of Fresh & Easy and Oporto’s, but fortunately for us, Osuna's has been open since March.
Upon entering, it was easy to pick up a sunny, tropical vibe from the walls, which were each painted a different bright and cheery color. The casual dining area was decorated with framed photos of Mexican seaside vistas and various grilling scenes.
Both girlfriends opted for burritos, although neither selected Osuna’s best-selling “world famous” Hollenbeck burrito featured on the menu. Girlfriend #1 chose the Los Burritos with carne asada ($6.25). She commented on the freshness of the ingredients.
She could taste each element of the pico de gallo because each item was so flavorful. The meat was well seasoned, moist and tender. Although it was a relatively simple burrito, with meat, rice, beans and pico de gallo, the simplicity made the freshness all the more important.
Girlfriend #2 ordered the Veggie Burrito ($4.75), a hulking portion of (mostly) healthy lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese, rice, beans, sour cream and house made guacamole. Again, the freshness factor stood out. She described the rice as “fluffy” and the entire burrito as “yummy”, “soft and pillowy." She especially enjoyed the creaminess as the sour cream and guacamole intermingled with the ingredients.
After much indecision, I requested a combo plate with a shrimp taco and chicken enchilada ($6.99 + $1.00 extra for shrimp). Served with a side of rice (which was indeed fluffy) and beans, the enchilada was topped with a medium spicy chili verde sauce and sour cream.
Although the chicken was tender, the shrimp taco outshone everything else on the plate. It had the ideal balance of batter and shrimp, cooked just enough to make the batter crispy on the outside but not so much to dry out the succulent shrimp on the inside.
Nestled in a soft corn tortilla and blanketed with cabbage slaw, tomato, onion, pico de gallo and sour cream, it was by far the best shrimp taco I have ever had. Although there was an extensive fresh salsa bar, I personally felt salsa was unnecessary and would have masked the flavors of the taco.
Osuna’s also offers breakfast items, desserts, kids’ meals and a variety of unexpected dishes. A couple that jumped off the menu at me were the Sonora Burrito ($19.95-$23), a family size burrito with 5-6 lbs. of meat and the gargantuan 6 Foot Sonora Burrito ($69.95-$79.95) for parties. They feature traditional Mexican specialties such as menudo and mole (check the daily specials board) as well.
The Glendora location is the latest and greatest incarnation of Osuna’s Mexican Grill. The other two are in Walnut and Rancho Cucamonga. Like the Glendora location, the Rancho Cucamonga location offers counter service only, but the original restaurant in Walnut is a standard dine-in establishment. Whichever location you choose, you can be sure that you will be getting fresh and tasty Mexican food, easy.
Osuna’s Mexican Grill
Address: 1311 S. Grand Ave. #160, Glendora, CA 91740
Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Phone Number: (626) 335-9760
Price Range: $1.99 - $8.99
Type of Cuisine: Mexican
Standout Dish: Shrimp Taco and Hollenbeck Burrito