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Los Gringos Locos

Los Gringos Locos

What looks from the outside like a strip-mall fast-food joint is in fact a cheerful, cozy sit-down restaurant that’s packed with families every night, and for good reason. What meatloaf and mashed potatoes are to Midwesterners, enchiladas and guacamole are to Californians, and this place makes first-rate enchiladas and guacamole. (Try the enchiladas suizas, stuffed [...]

Gus’s BBQ

Gus’s BBQ

For years people came here just for the 1940s neon sign outside, and now that it’s under new management, Gus’s is actually worth visiting. It’s great looking, with dark-wood floors, an old-school diner kitchen, padded booths and a proper bar (rare in South Pas) in back. The brothers who overhauled the place are the sons [...]

Taylor’s Meat & Produce

Taylor’s Meat & Produce

High-quality marinated meats are the specialty here: tri-tips, carne asada, pollo asada, butterflied legs of lamb. It’s also great for ordering a prime rib, organic turkey or other special-occasion product. Beautiful produce, too. Howie’s Ranch Market, 14 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626.355.8267, Meat/Produce. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V.

Mary’s Market & Café

Mary’s Market & Café

This funky little cottage near the base of the Mt. Wilson Trail is rather tired and dusty these days, which is too bad. But it’s still open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, with mondo-good oatmeal cookies for pre- or post-hike energy. It’s a handy stop deep in Sierra Madre for locals who love Taco [...]

Happy Birthday, Pasadena!

Happy Birthday, Pasadena!

It’s our birthday this week, and having reached a certain age, we take great comfort in seeing how good some of those who are much older than us look—like the city of Pasadena, which just turned 124 and doesn’t look a day over 100. The weekend’s celebration, held at the Pasadena Museum of History, centered [...]

Young & Healthy

Young & Healthy

Health care for uninsured and under-insured children is the mission of this terrific homegrown nonprofit. It convinces physicians, optometrists, dentists and therapists to donate their time, and local pharmacists donate medications; Y&H even gets free eyeglasses for kids who need them. It also offers parent-ed classes in nutrition and health. Want to help? Volunteer medical [...]

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Yeah, it’s a chain, but you can’t discuss Pasadena coffeehouses without mentioning Peet’s. It’s one of the most popular meeting spots in town, either on the outdoor terrace or inside, where the aroma of coffee can make you almost woozy. Its robust coffee, coffee drinks and teas are better than at the (much larger) competing [...]

Fox’s

Fox’s

There’s never less than a 30-minute wait on the weekends at Fox’s, and that’s for good reason. What’s not to like about the hearty omelets, rich French toast, burgers, sandwiches, fresh OJ, bottomless cups of coffee and folksy, woodsy, 1950s setting? And when you consider all the stuffed rodents – er, foxes – you can [...]

Mary Falkingham

Mary Falkingham

Mary does abby fabby custom work, especially for big occasions like weddings and charity balls, and her work is often showcased in posh magazines and venues like the Pasadena Showcase House. But she also does special one-off arrangements that will wow the lucky recipient. This is a small storefront shop with limited hours, so it’s [...]

Breakfast with Tiffany’s

Breakfast with Tiffany’s

If you love jewelry, seeing the work of talented interior designers, and the cooking at Pasadena’s premier caterer, The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, then you’re going to want to attend the free breakfast being hosted on Wednesday by swank South Lake condo development Granite Park Place. Paige Pomerantz, manager of Tiffany & Co. in Old [...]

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