Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

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Patticakes

Patticakes

The east Altadena stop for a treat (a cookie, a slice of chocolate truffle cake, a cup of coffee), Patticakes is really famed for its special-occasion, made-to-order cakes. They are spectacular, and they taste every bit as good as they look. You’ll find a gallery of them on the website, but if you don’t see [...]

Firefly Bistro

Firefly Bistro

South Pasadena’s newfound hipness is epitomized by this tented bistro, which is bright by day and romantic by night. Owners/chefs/spouses Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh turn out an always-interesting and usually wonderful menu of multiethnic offerings, from five-spice pork egg rolls to warm spinach salad, braised lamb shank with creamy polenta to grilled rare ahi [...]

Village Pizzeria

Village Pizzeria

A hub of Sierra Madre life, Village Pizzeria features outstanding and creative toppings—but unfortunately they’re put on a crust of curious flavorlessness. But the toppings (like the one with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and a basil chiffonade) are worth a trip here, and the by-the-slice selection goes well beyond pepperoni. Bring your dog and your [...]

Rick’s Drive-In

Rick’s Drive-In

Oh, sure, Rick’s has good burgers, tasty tacos and decadent milkshakes, but you can’t call yourself a regular unless you try the spuderito, a burrito filled with french fries, cheese and salsa– it’s a staple for countless Pasadena high school boys. If you can’t handle that carbfest, try the taco burger, which tastes like the [...]

Larkin’s

Larkin’s

One of Eagle Rock’s several new hot spots, Larkin’s occupies a restored Craftsman house with a wrap-around front porch and a convivial living room and parlor. Hipster families and Eagle Rock oldtimers alike come for the casual, friendly vibe and traditional Southern cooking with a bit of Mexican and California flair. Best bets include the [...]

Golden Deli

Golden Deli

Spring rolls are the golden ticket here—fabulously crisp spring rolls that you can eat as is or roll up in a lettuce leaf with basil, mint and/or cilantro, marinated vegetables and chile paste. There’s a reason every single table gets at least one order. That’s just the beginning of the good eating: rich, oniony pho [...]

Babita Mexicuisine

Babita Mexicuisine

It looks like a dive from the outside, but inside Babita is inviting, with crisp white linens and romantic charm. But no one comes for the setting—they come for owner/chef Roberto Berrelleza’s regional Mexican cooking with a Oaxacan focus. He is a serious chef who makes seriously good Yucatecan cochinita pibil, filet mignon with a [...]

Shamshiri

Shamshiri

Though the kindly service can be erratic, the food is abundant, interesting and delicious. The prices are amazing – no dinner entree is over $15, and the lunch dishes ($6.50 to $8) are large enough for leftovers. Kebabs are tasty and tender, and the stews, especially fesenjon, a sort of Persian mole with pomegranate and [...]

Puebla Tacos

Puebla Tacos

Many people swear by Puebla, but we’ve had better. Our main beef: The tortillas used for the soft tacos are too large, throwing off the critical meat-tortilla ratio. And lately the cooking seems lifeless. But the original Lake location, in a grungy 7-Eleven strip mall with the worst parking lot in Pasadena, must be commended [...]

Penelope’s Café, Books & Gallery

Penelope’s Café, Books & Gallery

The incarnation of the word “cozy,” Penelope’s is warmed by wooden tables, a fireplace, a rear patio and book-lined shelves. This café-cum-shop features great food, unusual gifts, paintings, jewelry, pottery and an eclectic selection of new and used books, including children’s books. You line up, create a sandwich (vegetarian on olive bread, tuna on sun-dried [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

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