Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena



Eat & Drink


Turtle in a Tortilla at Luigi Ortega’s

Turtle in a Tortilla at Luigi Ortega’s

Luigi Ortega’s is a strange restaurant. Located just across from PCC, it’s one of several places that constitute a (relatively) recently “gentrified” stretch of Colorado Boulevard—if the meaning of gentrification can be extended to include the opening of Starbucks and Chipotle. Open for roughly four years, Luigi Ortega’s, in some ways, fits perfectly into this [...]

Doña Rosa Bakery & Taqueria

Doña Rosa Bakery & Taqueria

The taqueria is taken to a new level here—true, you order at the counter, but you can have a superb margarita (a mere $4) while you wait, the setting is upscale, the tortillas are handmade on-site, and the food is better than at its fancier parent restaurant, the Pasadena El Cholo. It’s a panaderia, so [...]

The Cheese Store of Pasadena

The Cheese Store of Pasadena

Once upon a time, my parents lived in Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood in Northwest Philly where trolley cars still run down the cobblestone main street. There was a cheese store. Since our westward migration, that cheese store has taken on mythic proportions in the family lore: their subterranean network of walk-in refrigerators was the largest [...]

Fiore Market Café

Fiore Market Café

I have a couple of new addictions that you should know about: the roast chicken sandwich and the piccolo cappuccino at South Pasadena’s sweet new spot, Fiore Market Café. That’s not to say the other offerings aren’t good—they are. It’s just hard to not keep getting that same sandwich. Made with bread baked daily by [...]

Monopole Not So Hot

Monopole Not So Hot

A few nights ago, a friend and I were debating whether to go to Elements Kitchen (and its swanky bar) or drop in to Monopole Wine before a movie. We were more in the mood for wine and reasoned that newcomer Monopole would be a better choice. Wrong. But it looked okay at first. I [...]

Yang Chow

Yang Chow

A branch of the Chinatown classic, this place has a huge and devoted clientele, proving that Yang Chow’s famed slippery shrimp is indeed as addictive as cocaine. Twice-cooked and bathed in a subtly sweet, mildly hot sauce, it is impossible to stop eating. Also good are the cashew chicken, fiery Szechwan wonton soup, pan-fried dumplings [...]

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant

You cannot call yourself a true Pasadenan until you have had a Dianne salad, whether you eat it on the popular outdoor patio, in the bright, casual-café interior or, as so many locals do, in a to-go version at a board meeting. A version of a Chinese chicken salad, it is simply impossible to stop [...]

Z Sushi

Z Sushi

This spacious restaurant, recently spiffed up, is one of the best places for sushi east of the 5 Freeway. Inside is a large drinking bar (try the plum martini), a long sushi bar and tables set with black linens. How much you spend depends on whether you order a bargain non-sushi dinner (like chicken teriyaki, [...]

Carmela Ice Cream and Sorbet

Carmela Ice Cream and Sorbet

At one time or another, we all scream for ice cream—or so the ancient wisdom goes. Myself, I tend just to exclaim modestly, and not necessarily for ice cream. A cookie will do just fine, usually. Pie is tops. That said, say the words seasonal, artisanal or vintage* and my ears, like any chowhound’s, perk [...]

Phoenix Food Boutique

Phoenix Food Boutique

When I lived in central Florida, I learned never to ignore restaurants in shopping centers and strip malls. Since that’s all they had there, it was easy advice to follow. But in our more architecturally rich environs, strip-mall restaurants are often overlooked in favor of locations with more charm and street life. That’s why the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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