Just try to drive by this upscale chain without having the aroma of pork products force you to pull into the parking lot, zombie-like, and head for one of the roomy booths. Pass on the bland chicken and so-so seafood in favor of the excellent (if pricey) meat: baby-back ribs, steaks, chops and burgers. No reservations, and there’s always a wait for dinner.
320 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.577.6001, American. L & D daily. Full bar. MC, V. $$$