Eat & Drink


Le Grande Orange

Le Grande Orange

The owners of this new restaurant/bar in the handsomely restored 1925 Santa Fe Depot at Del Mar Station have thought of everything. Good-value happy hour? Check. Retro-hip mac ‘n’ cheese? Check. Grilled ahi tacos? Check. It’s got it all, from name-dropping martinis to a thoughtful kids’ menu, and at this writing, all of Pasadena was [...]

Café Beaujolais

Café Beaujolais

A traditional French bistro with Eagle Rock flair—the slogan is “Everything French, even the attitude.” Except the only attitude we’ve seen from the black-T-shirted French waiters is an informal, witty warmth. They deliver green salads topped with goat cheese croutons, crocks of onion soup, escargots, steak frites with some of the best frites in the [...]

Heritage Wine Company

Heritage Wine Company

Pasadena lacks a few kinds of essential food-and-drink establishments (like a proper deli and a really good gastropub à la the York), but it’s doing great in the wine bar department. There’s been a fair amount of hoopla around such places as Noir, Vertical, Bodega and the Wine Detective, but somehow we hadn’t noticed what [...]

Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

Our little corner of Paris by the Gold Line, Nicole’s is a regular pit stop for lovers of all foods French, from cheeses and pâtés to truffles and wines. Nicole Grandjean and her lovely staff make delicious baguette sandwiches, salads and quiches, which you can eat on the flower-lined sidewalk patio or in the store. [...]

Domenico’s

Domenico’s

The best pizza in the city of Pasadena is found at this busy, friendly local chain. It’s most famed for its loaded Big D pizza, but we prefer the simpler sausage pie with the thin crust. 2411 E. Washington Blvd., East Pasadena, 626.797.6459, Pizzeria. L & D Tues.-Sun.  Beer & wine. MC, V. $ 236 [...]

Egg Roll Express

Egg Roll Express

The name might suggest a greasy spoon, but the food here is fresh and healthy, made without MSG and with good ingredients. We love the sesame chicken, dumplings, wonton soup, string beans and Szechwan dishes. Lots of vegetarian options, low prices and free delivery in the East Pasadena/Altadena area. 2397 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 626.791.5336, [...]

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 [...]

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