Posted by: tacoshoprankings | July 19, 2010

Tony’s Taco Shop review from Deez Nutz

Dear Special Agent Utah,

This is Inland Empire Field Correspondent Deez Nutz’s review of Tony’s Mexican Food in Riverside.

I had not been to Tony’s in about a year and when I walked in the door I was greeted with a familiar scene. A long line of hungry customers waiting their turn to place an order for some delicious mexican standards. I have only visited the location in Riverside on Chicago Avenue in a strip mall next to a Food 4 Less, but apparently they have 2 other locations to serve the Inland Empire. A second location in Riverside on Arlington Ave., and a spot in San Bernardino on West Mill St. Tony’s Mexican Food is not much on decor and the dine-in experience is no frills, but what do you expect from a taco shop?

On this visit I ordered “Tony’s Special Burrito” which contains your choice of meat, beans, rice, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream. I went with Carne Asada as my meat selection which is hard to beat. This burrito is absolutely stuffed and definitely requires two hands or a knife and fork. The Carne is well prepared with good flavored juices that permeate the rest of the burrito. The veggies are fresh and crisp, and the mix of sour cream is enough to cool and cleanse your taste buds after a few bites. You don’t need to order any sides with this burrito unless you are extremely hungry because this burrito will fill you up without busting your gut, but if you do decide to get something on the side I’d recommend the plain Nachos. Don’t be fooled into ordering the Nachos Special as a side because it contains chips, beans, cheese sauce, onions, avocado & sour cream and is enough for a meal all by itself.

My wife ordered the “Chicken Taco Salad” which is not on the menu but simply a derivation of their plain “Taco Salad” which is offered as a side order. This dish is a plate full of tortilla chips topped with shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, onions, and sour cream with a heaping pile of shredded chicken on top. The chicken is well seasoned, moist and tender. I was fortunate enough to be able to sample this dish and am happy to report that it is quite good and as your progress through dish the bed of tortilla chips softens slightly but still retains enough rigidity and crispness.

The hot sauce at Tony’s is some of the better stuff I’ve had. They serve it in tiny plastic cups about 1-1.5oz in volume. Its a deep red color and has tons of spicy goodness without making you run for el bano.

Tony’s also has daily specials that include 1 menu item, fries and a medium drink for about $3.75 and tostadas for 50cents on Saturdays. This place is a good value and has some good grub. Check out the photos for what I’ve been yappin’ about.

Submitted by:

Deez Nutz
Inland Empire Field Correspondent



  1. Awesome work Deez Nutz!!!! Love those Red Sauce cups.

  2. Deez Nutz always makes my mouth water.

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