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Bodega Wine Bar

Bodega Wine Bar

This sleek, modern Paseo bôite (hiding behind P.F. Chang’s) is bright by day and dark by night, with flickering candles providing not quite enough light to read the appealing menu. It’s a fine spot for a drink and a bite before a movie, and it’s a fun place to try lesser-known wines from around the [...]

Ugo’s Italian Deli

Ugo’s Italian Deli

The Hamptons have arrived in Sierra Madre, thanks to this upscale foodie spot, where the owner is friendly enough to accept marriage proposals. (We asked her to marry us after tasting her baked goods.) She does all her own baking, so you might as well just give in and order the treats first. We may [...]

DineLA, Pasadena-Style

DineLA, Pasadena-Style

Yes folks, it’s time once again for Dine LA Restaurant Week, which grows bigger and more successful every year—and which always includes some excellent Pasadena-area venues. This year’s runs this week and next, excluding Saturdays—October 3 – 8 and 10 – 15—and is rich with good restaurants offering prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus that are [...]

Little Farm Fresh

Little Farm Fresh

Thanks to our friend Allison King for tipping us off to her new produce source, Little Farm Fresh. Owner Jennifer Little, who some locals know from her time working at Camille Frances de Pedrini in South Pasadena, has long “farmed” her home property near the San Gabriel Mission, and she’s started a produce delivery business. [...]

Bashan

Bashan

I’m not a real restaurant reviewer, even though I take pictures of meals when they’re placed before me. Perhaps it is my delight in being served that pulls the camera out to immortalize succulent beads of jus and steam, artful morsels and a vivid season of colors. Yet here I am without a memory card, [...]

Porta Via

Porta Via

Vic Ciulla and John Weithas, two genial longtime Pasadenans who used to run Twin Palms, own this white-tiled, high-ceilinged Italian deli, which has successfully filled Pasadena’s considerable need for upscale Italian takeout and café food with easy parking. Order your custom salad or superb panini or sub-style sandwich and snag a tall table inside or [...]

Radhika

Radhika

The corner of Mission and Meridian in South Pasadena may seem ideal for a restaurant, given the Gold Line station, the abundance of popular cafés and boutiques, and the increasing street life, but this spot has seen several failures. Radhika seems to be the tenant that will stick. A new incarnation of the restaurant that [...]

Palate Food & Wine

Palate Food & Wine

Chez Panisse in Glendale? Before you laugh, get over to Octavio Becerra’s place and prepare to get caught up in his joy in robust, simple, reasonably priced (very) small plates served with exuberant wines. Everything either comes from a local farmers’ market (or someone’s garden), a small-scale craftsman (as with the cheeses) or is made [...]

Yahaira’s Café

Yahaira’s Café

Owned by the folks at El Portal and named for their mother, Yahaira’s is like that Yucatan restaurant’s little sister: smaller, lighter, quicker on her feet —and not allowed to drink yet. A great bet for light Mexican-inspired fare (the shrimp salads, tostadas, tortas and wraps are superb), Yahaira’s is cheerful, friendly, sunny and often [...]

Zeke’s Smokehouse

Zeke’s Smokehouse

A partnership between chefs Leonard Cohen (Maple Drive, 72 Market St.) and Michael Rosen (Reign) along with the Gelsinger family (Gelsinger’s Meats) opened Zeke’s in 2002. It’s become a Montrose mainstay for its top-quality regional American barbecue and smokehouse cooking, as well as its bright, retro-style interior. We’re regulars for the Memphis-style baby-back ribs, Texas beef [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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