Eat & Drink


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 [...]

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 [...]

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