The nice people in this cheerful, open café serve a variety of Japanese dishes (tempura, sushi, gyoza), but the noodles are the thing to get– homemade udon and soba served in a variety of styles and temperatures. (Vegetarians, take note of the hard-to-find vegetarian broth for the noodles.) There’s nothing like cold soba on a hot day or steaming udon on a cold day.
36 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Old Pasadena, 626.564.1560, Japanese. L & D Tues.-Sun. Beer & wine. MC, V. $