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The Votes Are In

The Votes Are In

The results of Pasadena’s Restaurant Week unscientific poll—in which 1,120 diners voted for their favorites in a variety of categories—have arrived. Favorite American Food Ruth’s Chris Steak House Green Street Restaurant a/k/a American Bistro Favorite Gastropub Kings Row Gastropub Haven Gastropub Favorite Romantic Dining The Raymond Parkway Grill Celestino Ristorante Favorite Burger The Counter Pie [...]

Nothin’ Like a Home Brew

Nothin’ Like a Home Brew

Beer-cabulary. Bottling and conditioning. Mash and sparge. Beer-curious? Spell check just red-underlined half of those words (and “words.”) Welcome to the creative and independent spirit of the Institute of Domestic Technology. Now the name may be a bit of a mouthful and recall nightmares of college courses not in your liberal arts major, but IDT [...]

Espress Yourself

Espress Yourself

Among Pasadena’s many hidden jewels, you’ll surely want to check out (excuse the pun) Espress Yourself, the coffeehouse on the sun-splashed patio of the Pasadena Public Library, where library patrons, police, and legal eagles from the courthouse next door stop by for a most pleasant repast. Distinguishing itself from your run-of-the-mill coffee shop in several [...]

By Popular Demand: Happy Hour Extended!

By Popular Demand: Happy Hour Extended!

Twenty restaurants, lounges, and bars. Jazz fusion, French chanson, and stride piano of Montemarte and Harlem. Martinis, beers, and saki bombs for $1-3. Empanadas, saffron clams, truffled mac and cheese for $2-7. Fourteen Days. What is all this, you ask? This would be the 2nd Old Pasadena’s Happy Hour Week, extended this year to two weeks [...]

Fatty’s Lives!

Fatty’s Lives!

Eagle Rock’s venerable vestal of vegan cuisine, Fatty’s, has recently reopened after the owners took a long sabbatical. The intermission seemed endless—I would slowly drive by on my way down Colorado Boulevard, hoping that the strings of twinkly lights would be back on, glowing cheerfully through the big glass garage doors, illuminating happy diners noshing [...]

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a clever bit of restaurant-as-theater. The room’s high ceilings are shrouded in dark-painted timbers; it looks like there is an intriguing story—in both senses of the word—above the heads of diners. Large, cheesy paintings are offset by tasteful flowers and sensuous china. The menu is an actual scroll, and you get custom-made [...]

Cheeseburgers: The People Speak

Cheeseburgers: The People Speak

The Pasadena Chamber’s Cheeseburger Week was not without controversy—many cheeseheads in Wisconsin, where the hamburger was invented, take issue with the claim that the cheeseburger began at the former Rite Spot in Pasasdena—but no fisticuffs occurred, and the voting for city favorites went off without a hitch. Now Cheeseburger Week is over, and we must [...]

In Honor of National Pie Day…

In Honor of National Pie Day…

… which is January 23rd, we offer you this inspiration from our sister publication Eat LA to go to Pie ‘n’ Burger. Not that you likely need inspiration. Plus it just won top honors in a couple of categories in Pasadena Cheeseburger Week’s popularity contest. Pie ‘n’ Burger WHY The best pecan pie anywhere and a [...]

Let Them Eat Cheeseburgers

Let Them Eat Cheeseburgers

Thank goodness for 16-year-old Lionel’s grilling error or else an American dietary staple would never have been born—the cheeseburger. Working at his father’s sandwich shop The Rite Spot circa 1924, young Lionel mistakenly dropped a piece of cheese onto a grilling hamburger. The nation owes the elder Mr. Sternberger a debt of gratitude for not [...]

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

What the Wind Wrought at Gerlach’s

We love Gerlach’s for so many reasons—the warmth of owners Lewy and Fred Fedail, the fabulous bargain wines, the really good stuff in the climate-controlled room (ask the brothers; they know their wines), the collection of ports and sherries, the small-town feel of the place—and now, thanks to Pasadena’s December 1st almost-hurricane, we have something [...]

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