Eat & Drink


Gastropub vs. Ale House: Self-identification Is Tricky

Gastropub vs. Ale House: Self-identification Is Tricky

As has been discussed here before, the term “gastropub” immediately conjures up some sort of boardroom trying to guess the next trend. “Gastropubs,” the men in the suits say. “That’s what the hip kids like today.” In contrast, an “ale house” brings to mind long tables and beer—something simpler, something, well, less pretentious. This time [...]

A Pub Just Around the Corner

A Pub Just Around the Corner

Joe can’t say exactly how many customers in his first six days of business have said, “This place is great; it’s just around the corner from me,” but it’s enough to make him smile. This place is Griffins of Kinsale: an Irish pub on Mission Street in South Pasadena. There are no flat screen TVs, no [...]

Start Your Weekend with a Friday Food Fair

Start Your Weekend with a Friday Food Fair

Well, now that we’ve been informed that Food Truck Wednesdays, a fundraising event for the Pasadena PTA, is on a hiatus until the fall, we thought we’d re-direct you to the Chefs Center’s Food Truck Fridays—or more accurately, but much more of a mouthful, the “Spring Friday Food Fair & Artisanal Marketplace.” Chefs Center on [...]

Barleywines & Imperial Stouts: Amp It Up

Barleywines & Imperial Stouts: Amp It Up

A “normal” beer? Ah, go on. It’s only got a measly li’l 4-5% alcohol content. If you want to drink with the big boys and girls, mosey on over to Lucky Baldwins Pub sometime this week and partake in their “High Alcohol Festival.” Manager Penny Wilhelm is talking hoppy, sweet, and strong Barleywines, Belgians, and [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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