Restaurant of the Week: El Patron

El Patron, 9269 Utica Ave. (at Sixth), Rancho Cucamonga; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends

El Patron has spawned a second location, El Patron II, in La Verne. I tried to eat there recently but unfortunately chose a Monday, the only day it’s closed. A few days later, I went to the older one in Rancho Cucamonga. Who can judge the sequel without having seen the original?

It was in a business park and hard to find, but the key is that El Patron faces 6th, not Utica. The facade is biz park bland, but open the door and you’re hit with bright colors, as the walls are painted mustard, maroon and orange. (Your color wheel may differ.)

I took a seat, examined the menu and was delivered chips and salsa. I asked the server about the specialties and he pointed to menu items 6 (chile relleno, taco or enchilada) and 7 (chile relleno, taco AND enchilada). I went for No. 6 ($10), with a hard shell shredded beef taco.

This proved to be a great choice. While I’m not a big fan of chile rellenos, this was a good one, smothered in green sauce, and the taco was freshly fried, something you don’t see all that often. It made me think of Ramon’s Cactus Patch and the Mitla Cafe.

I could see El Patron becoming an occasional lunch stop for me as it’s not that far from our office and the food is very good, with friendly but low-key service. Now I feel prepared for El Patron II. By the way, readers say the same family runs Los Jarritos in Pomona.

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  • Joey Catuara

    Tried this place for lunch today, on your recommendation. I thought the green sauce on the Chili Relleno reminded me of Los Jarritos (Pomona). Then the same with the salsa and chips – so I asked. Turns out they are the same family. So I ordered my favorite – combination burrito enchilada style with green sauce. Sure enough, we have a Los Jarritos in Rancho. Yay!

    • davidallen909

      Glad you tried it and liked it, Joey. (Also, I’m glad I tried it and liked it.)

  • Suzanne Watte

    David, thanks for the heads-up on this restaurant. Really enjoyed their food. I brought him a copy of your blog entry because I originally told him it was in your colum. I read it online.

    • davidallen909

      Oh, thanks for doing that. I ate there yesterday for lunch, again anonymously, and had a wet burrito, very Los Jarritos-like.