The Cuisine Scene
Gaby's Mexican Food
After reading some of the buzz about the new orange restaurant in upper Yucaipa, Kathryn and I wanted to try it.
To my surprise, I saw two
orange restaurants about a block apart. One is very small, not yet
open, and it looks as though itll be a take-out place. But Gabys,
next to the News Mirror, is open and in full swing.
Since it was a mild evening,
several people were seated on the front patio. Inside, the owner,
Abraham Rubio, greeted us from behind the counter and we learned hes
been open about a month. He also owns Albertos Mexican Food, a
drive-thru in Colton, and has over twenty years experience in fine
dining. His new venture in Yucaipa is truly a family affair as Gabys
is named for his wife. Their sons help at both restaurants.
His menu is posted on the
wall, ranging from breakfast to the normal choices of burritos,
tostadas, and tacos, but they also offer a special of the day. That
days special was fresh Albondigas, a soup similar to beef minestrone
with meatballs, Abraham explained.
Everything is made fresh
daily, including the tortillas, so I wanted to try their chips and
guacamole for $2.95. Also offered as sides are fries, beans, rice,
nachos supreme, enchiladas, and 2 chiles rellenos for $3.75. I almost
ordered the chiles, but decided to go for a combination dinner which
includes beans and rice. I ordered the #8-chiles rellenos combination
dinner for $5.50, and Kathryn ordered the #5-beef taco and enchilada,
also for $5.50. Most of their combination dinners are the same price,
such as a beef taco and tostada, 2 fish tacos, 2 sopes, bean tostada
and enchilada, and 2 chicken tacos. The carne asada plate is $6.50.
Abraham brought the chips and
guacamole first, and unlike other restaurants Ive tried, the serving
was huge. Even before I tried the guacamole, I knew Id love everything
as the chips had those little bubbles that I love. He explained he
prepares them in a secret way to make sure theyre crispy. And, instead
of lard, he cooks everything in 100% vegetable oil. The guacamole was
creamy and delicious, and not once did I taste that unpleasant flavor
that signals the avocado was overripe.
Then Abraham brought our
dinners, and again, the servings were large. I wanted to try a taco,
and Kathryn wanted a chile, so we traded the one item. First I tasted
the beans, and they were very good, no burnt flavor that Ive found in
some places. The rice was fluffy and good, but the chile relleno was
absolutely fantastic, the best Ive ever eaten. As I cut into mine, I
could see it looked dark green as if it had just come from the garden.
Pasilla peppers, which are the best, Abraham explained, and he stuffs
them with mozzarella and cheddar. He said they were his most popular
dish and I could see why. With just enough batter to add to the flavor,
the chile was spicy with just enough heat to be good. I didnt even
have to gulp water.
The taco was stuffed with
shredded beef with the lettuce and cheese piled high, but what I loved
was the corn tortilla. As was everything else, the tortilla was
homemade and crispy. I liked it so much that next time I might just try
one with lettuce and tomato.
Although Kathryn liked the enchilada, she raved over the chile relleno as well.
I couldnt believe that the
entire meal was only $5.50. It was so good and filling that Kathryn and
I couldnt finish the chips and guacamole, something that doesnt often
And thats only part of their
menu. They offer about fourteen different burritos, from shredded beef
for $3.95, chicken, fish, even a chile relleno burrito for $3.99. Will
have to try that one. And the standard bean, bean and cheese for $2.90.
Abraham said he uses sirloin for his burritos.
For tostadas, they have about
four different ones, bean and cheese for $1.85, asada, at $2.65,
chicken for $2.25, and a tostada salad for $3.95. Thats another one
Id like to try.
They also offer several
different tacos, from the shredded beef or chicken for $1.85, 3 beef
taquitos for $3.25, a fish taco for $1.85, and even shrimp for $2.45.
Then theres an Asada, pastor, or carnitas for $1.25.
All their dishes are served with two homemade sauces, a green tomatillo if you like your sauce mild, and a hot red guajillo.
If youre not in the mood for
a taco, you might want to try a torta, one of their sourdough
sandwiches. They have ham, chicken or pastor for $3.45, carnitas for
the same amount, an asada for $3.99, and mi tierra for $4.25, which I
think is a variety of steak, ham, cheese, beans, and some other items,
Their breakfast prices are
amazing. They have a breakfast special, 2+2+2 for $2.99, which is two
eggs, 2 pancakes and choice of 2 sausages or 2 bacon strips. Also
offered is a breakfast burrito of ham, bacon, steak chorizo, machaca
for $3.20, an omelet for $3.99, and more. And breakfast is served all
They even have fresh oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies and brownies.
Kathryn wants to bring her
grandchildren as the atmosphere is casual and friendly, and theyre
open seven days a week from 7am to 8pm. Another couple wandered in
while we were there, saying they stopped because it was one of the few
places open in the evening.
Give them a try. I did and I'll certainly be back.
35158 Yucaipa Boulevard
(between California and Bryant)
(909) 797-6626 UPDATE: The Yucaipa location is now closed