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New restaurant brings authentic Mexican cuisine to Glendora

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Mi Sabor Mexican Kitchen employees Kathy Hernandes, Sandy Magana, Sabina Magana, Angela Pena pose inside the restaurant, highlighting its traditional decor. Owner Sandy Magana opened Mi Sabor March 8 after a year of complications caused by the pandemic. / photo by Shira O’Neal-Abend

Mi Sabor Mexican Kitchen employees Kathy Hernandes, Sandy Magana, Sabina Magana, Angela Pena pose inside the restaurant, highlighting its traditional decor. Owner Sandy Magana opened Mi Sabor March 8 after a year of complications caused by the pandemic. / photo by Shira O’Neal-Abend

Sumiko Rudisky
Staff Writer

Mi Sabor Mexican Kitchen, a new Mexican restaurant in Glendora, opened its doors March 8.

The restaurant’s goal is to serve authentic Mexican food with a modern look. 

It is a family-owned restaurant, where the mom and pop cook in the back while their daughter works the front area.

“We signed the lease a week before the (COVID-19) shut down so we couldn’t open,” said Mi Sabor owner Sandy Magana. “But it wasn’t going away so we decided to open since payments don’t stop.”

The restaurant has done well so far, Magana said, adding that people are enjoying the food, especially the quesadillas and the mole.

The menu at Mi Sabor also includes items like quesa birria tacos, burritos, tortas and seafood. Mi Sabor also offers vegetarian and vegan options like potato tacos and a jackfruit impossible asada. Prices range from $4 to $20.

The service at Mi Sabor creates a comfortable and friendly environment, with little wait time for those picking up food to order.

Because of COVID restrictions and an abundance of caution, the restaurant is serving dine-in customers in the outdoor seating area under a big tent, where nice plants and fake grass create a cheery place to eat amid the parking lot.

Tables are sanitized between customers, they also have hand sanitizer provided for people. They also have a mask-enforced policy, except while eating. 

“I prefer the outside … you can feel a breeze,” said Sandra Almos, who was ordering food there recently. “They have been doing a good job following COVID protocols.” 

“The food is good and fresh and I will definitely be coming back,” said new customer Manuel Almos.

Despite the restaurant’s current outdoor-only dining, its indoor decor is distinctive – including a Dia de los Muertos mural. Magana said the inspiration for the decor came from her family home growing up.

Mi Sabor is located at 1810 E Route 66 in Glendora, and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Breakfast is served all day. 

Sumiko Rudisky can be reached at sumiko.rudisky@laverne.edu.

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