Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

Eat & Drink


The Hat World Famous Pastrami

The Hat World Famous Pastrami

Sparkling clean, featuring retro graphics and a constant background chant of “pastrami burger, pastrami burger,” the Hat is an SGV favorite for lovers of (you guessed it!) pastrami and burgers. Since 1951, this cute little checkerboard place with a grandiose name has preserved the stripped-down ethos of fast food and the SoCal car culture that [...]

Los Gringos Locos

Los Gringos Locos

What looks from the outside like a strip-mall fast-food joint is in fact a cheerful, cozy sit-down restaurant that’s packed with families every night, and for good reason. What meatloaf and mashed potatoes are to Midwesterners, enchiladas and guacamole are to Californians, and this place makes first-rate enchiladas and guacamole. (Try the enchiladas suizas, stuffed [...]

Gus’s BBQ

Gus’s BBQ

For years people came here just for the 1940s neon sign outside, and now that it’s under new management, Gus’s is actually worth visiting. It’s great looking, with dark-wood floors, an old-school diner kitchen, padded booths and a proper bar (rare in South Pas) in back. The brothers who overhauled the place are the sons [...]

Happy Birthday Yujean Kang’s

Happy Birthday Yujean Kang’s

It’s hard to believe that chef Yujean Kang has been cooking his elegant brand of Chinese food in Southern California for 20 years, but it’s true. He started his career as a restaurateur in the Bay Area, then moved to L.A., and finally found his real home in Old Pasadena. Kang’s sophisticated dishes, prepared with [...]

Taylor’s Meat & Produce

Taylor’s Meat & Produce

High-quality marinated meats are the specialty here: tri-tips, carne asada, pollo asada, butterflied legs of lamb. It’s also great for ordering a prime rib, organic turkey or other special-occasion product. Beautiful produce, too. Howie’s Ranch Market, 14 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626.355.8267, Meat/Produce. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V.

Mary’s Market & Café

Mary’s Market & Café

This funky little cottage near the base of the Mt. Wilson Trail is rather tired and dusty these days, which is too bad. But it’s still open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, with mondo-good oatmeal cookies for pre- or post-hike energy. It’s a handy stop deep in Sierra Madre for locals who love Taco [...]

Americana Street Feast

Americana Street Feast

Once again, the Americana is playing truck-stop for some of the hottest gourmet food trucks on the road: the Worldfare Bustaurant, The Buttermilk Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, Vizzi, Chef Brian’s Comfort Truck, Patty Wagon, Mandoline Grill and Flying Pig. Buttermilk (breakfasty goodies), Coolhaus (ice cream sandwiches) and Grilled Cheese (duh) are established powers, while [...]

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Yeah, it’s a chain, but you can’t discuss Pasadena coffeehouses without mentioning Peet’s. It’s one of the most popular meeting spots in town, either on the outdoor terrace or inside, where the aroma of coffee can make you almost woozy. Its robust coffee, coffee drinks and teas are better than at the (much larger) competing [...]

Fox’s

Fox’s

There’s never less than a 30-minute wait on the weekends at Fox’s, and that’s for good reason. What’s not to like about the hearty omelets, rich French toast, burgers, sandwiches, fresh OJ, bottomless cups of coffee and folksy, woodsy, 1950s setting? And when you consider all the stuffed rodents – er, foxes – you can [...]

Battle of the Beef Rolls

Battle of the Beef Rolls

If you have not yet had the good fortune to try a beef roll, a creation from the northeastern Chinese province of Shandong, then you have not discovered what is really China’s great contribution to the sandwich gene pool. In this case, the bread is a layered wheat pancake fried with perhaps a little more [...]

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