You might expect a takeout window next to a liquor store to be a chili-fries kind of place, but you would be wrong. Gerlach’s has an extraordinary menu, ranging from Middle Eastern classics (lamb kebabs, falafel, stuffed grape leaves) to excellent fresh grilled fish (salmon, shark, tuna) at low prices. Both the fish tacos and lamb tacos are fantastic. There’s nowhere to eat, so take it home, to work or a few blocks east to Allendale Park for a picnic.
1075 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.799.7575. Mexican/Middle Eastern. L & D daily. MC, V. $