Not to be confused with Green Street Restaurant (why, oh why do restaurants do this to us?), Green Street Tavern just may be Old Town’s best-kept secret, a cozy, upscale bistro (it’s not actually a tavern) located on relatively quiet Green Street. The tiny indoor space is sculpted with Art Nouveau curves and consists of a couple of booths, a few tables and a chicl backlit bar (well-selected wine and beer only). Service is attentive; ingredients are quality and often local and organic. Lunch brings inventive pastas and sandwiches (duck confit panini, a French-style hamburger) — and dinner is deluxe, with several worthy vegetarian options and, for the carnivores, suave short ribs and perfect steak frites. As for brunch, it’s a civilized, peaceful environment to enjoy a proper French-style omelet or robust breakfast panini with truffle fries. If it’s nice outside, opt for the sidewalk terrace, and if you’re on a budget, come on Wednesdays, when the nightly special (with a glass of wine) is a bargain.
69 W. Green St., Old Pasadena, 626.229.9961, greenstreettavern.net. Modern American. L Mon.-Fri., D nightly, brunch Sat.-Sun. Beer & wine. $$$