Eat & Drink


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 […]

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 […]

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