Eat & Drink


Beyond the Olive

Beyond the Olive

Looking for all the world like a wine bar, this place turns out to be not about drinking at all. Beyond the Olive (tagline: Celebrating Food and Living Well) is an olive oil and balsamic vinegar store that also stocks some other foods (olives, dips, tapenades, crackers) and gift items, such as bowls (for olive […]

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung

Devotees wait at the door for the 11 a.m. opening on Saturdays and Sundays, the only days this famed dumpling house makes the soup dumplings called xiao long bao, amazing broth-and-pork-filled creations that always sell out fast. But those are by no means the only good things to eat in this cheerful, always-crowded café. We […]

Teri & Yaki

Teri & Yaki

Also known as Himeko Chicken, these two cafés make an addictive teriyaki chicken served with chow mein and rice. The sides (sprout salad, seasoned spinach, garlic noodles) are tasty. You can eat here, but we usually get it to go; it’s good party chow, too. 319 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.683.9865, teriandyaki.com, Asian. L & […]

Pasadena Sandwich Co.

Pasadena Sandwich Co.

Huge sandwiches, low prices and folksy charm keep this long-established spot packed every lunchtime with local working folk, from cops to office toilers to clerks at the mall next door. Split a sandwich with a friend, or get the soup and half sandwich. 269 N. Sierra Madre Villa, Pasadena, 626.578.1616, pasadenasandwichcompany.com, American/Deli. B Mon.-Fri., L […]

The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

This hugely successful caterer offers a small but excellent roster of daily-changing to-go food, from soups to vegetarian lasagna to a delicious beef bourguignon. If you don’t have time to make appetizers for that potluck, you can usually pick up a dozen mini Caesar salad cups or zucchini-wrapped shrimp. 1434 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.793.7234, […]

Zelo Cornmeal Crust Pizzas

Zelo Cornmeal Crust Pizzas

This tiny, cheerful café is flagged with market umbrellas and small outdoor tables. Inside, refrigerated display cases are stacked with beaucoup beverages and a bowl of tempting (yes, tempting) chilled beets. The cornmeal crust is distinct, like a good hush puppy, made with coarse meal so it crunches with each bite. Corn pizza on cornmeal […]

The Terrace

The Terrace

Ah, the good life! At your large umbrella-shaded table overlooking the pool, with an iced tea or chardonnay in hand, it’s easy to forget about the troubles beyond the walls of the grand old Huntington. The ladies who lunch and the business folk who meet chat quietly over flawless chicken Caesars, gorgeous Cobb salads and […]

Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

Everything you could ever want in a fast-food joint: vinyl booths, grungy concrete outdoor tables, messy chili fries, huge burgers and its claim to fame, a stupendous breakfast burrito, stuffed with more bacon than your cardiologist wants you to eat in a lifetime. 640 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.793.0120, luckyboyburgers.com, American/Mexican. Open daily to 2 […]

Café Culture

Café Culture

We shouldn’t even tell you about this great neighborhood secret, but here we go: These folks steam an excellent mocha. The flaky apple turnover is from Europane, so what they don’t make themselves they procure from the best. It’s a regulars’ kind of place; one laptop-sporting regular says he knows Café Culture has been here […]

Schreiner’s Fine Sausages

Schreiner’s Fine Sausages

This place is a throwback–I’m pretty sure I saw Rod Serling musing on a stool in the parking lot. Schreiner’s has been in this location for 50 years, and in Burbank for ten years before that. So says the helpful frau behind the counter in the Bavarian dirndl. We expect a butcher shop when entering, […]

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