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Wistaria Grill

Wistaria Grill

This busy new restaurant in Sierra Madre has a fanatical following to judge from the crowds at dinner (and to a lesser extent, lunch). The space, formerly Lozano, which itself morphed from down-home Mexican to haute Southwestern (with a concomitant change in decor) is lovely and modern, open to the backlit bar, with exposed concrete […]

A Taste of Pasadena, Take 20

A Taste of Pasadena, Take 20

“Please, Sir, may I have some more?” The 20th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena approaches quickly! $25 allows for All-You-Can-Eat samples from 30 participating restaurants, sponsored by the Old Pasadena Management District. Here are some of our favorites: Mignon Chocolate – dark chocolate ginger with sea salt, chili pepper ganache and Cuban mojito; just a few of […]

Chef LQ & More at Vertical

Chef LQ & More at Vertical

Quietly, with few people noticing, one of L.A.’s most exciting and innovative chefs has taken residence in Pasadena. His name is Laurent Quenioux, and some of you no doubt tried his food back when he ran the on-the-edge (for Pasadena) Bistro K in South Pasadena. Next came the chic Bistro LQ in L.A., which didn’t […]

Dip’s Grill

Dip’s Grill

Dip’s Grill is the kind of convivial place that attracts lingerers who like to schmooze the night away over dinner. The long room a couple of doors down from Alhambra Bowling Center hums with bright light and activity: a couple courting, two friends catching up, a table full of women watching a vacation slide show […]

The Market on Holly

The Market on Holly

A little bit of San Francisco and Portland in Old Pasadena, the Market on Holly is the creation of two longtime locals, composer Marty Davich (whose wife, Carrie Davich, owns the neighboring Maude Woods) and caterer Mary Pat Brandmeyer. There’s a small market (fancy pastas, oils, local organic milk), a swell bar with Portland’s famed […]

King’s Row Gastropub: What’s in a Name?

King’s Row Gastropub: What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? That depends. A buzzword is a buzzword is a buzzword, as Gertrude might say (but probably not). Gastropub is such a word. King’s Row Gastropub, now open in Old Town in the space formerly occupied by Neomeze (and run by the same people), is fair evidence of this: it has the […]

Friday Food Fair

Friday Food Fair

Enjoying the food trucks at Jones on Wednesdays? Why wait another week? Joining the food-truck frenzy is east Pasadena’s Chefs Center of California, which is hosting the Friday Food Fair & Artisanal Marketplace. It’s taken on this adventure to help draw attention to its nonprofit program that helps entrepreneurs start and expand food-based businesses. You can support its […]

Summer Soda Tasting

Summer Soda Tasting

Celebrate the summer heat by spending some time with the King of Pop—soda pop, that is. Galco’s Soda Pop Stop is hosting its first Summer Soda Tasting, showcasing old and new favorites and a few surprise flavors. The event, hosted by Galco’s owner John Nese, will feature countless soda samples, live music, a silent auction and an […]

Wheel Food Wednesdays

Wheel Food Wednesdays

Every Wednesday since May, Jones Coffee Roasters has been pairing with food trucks of every stripe to bring locals an evening of fun food and music. First-timers curious about the crowd in the small parking lot mix with regulars who never miss a week. Every Wednesday, a new group of trucks and carts appears, but […]

Pie ‘n Burger Truck

Pie ‘n Burger Truck

An old-time Pasadena spot has surprised us by keeping up with the hipster kids. That’s right, Pie ‘n Burger has launched a food truck! It made its premier at Jones Coffee and is now cruising around town, offering an alternative to all those trendy banh mi and bacon-everything trucks. And the alternative? The Pie ‘n Burger […]

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