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Buster’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop

Buster’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop

From a sidewalk table in front of Buster’s, with a scoop of mint chip ice cream or a blended mocha in front of you and the South Pas street scene passing by, life is mighty fine. This colorful, funky neighborhood hub also showcases local musicians on weekend nights. 1006 Mission St., South Pasadena, 626.441.0744, Café. Daily from [...]

Billy’s Deli

Billy’s Deli

Established in 1949, Billy’s is an institution that runs on homemade pickles, towers of lox and pastrami, and lots of rye bread. A deli case, bakery case and sandwiches to go complement a dining room hung with huge sepia photos of a Glendale with Red Cars (and without high-rises or smog). The bill will be [...]

Four Café

Four Café

Is Eagle Rock hotter, foodwise, than Pasadena? That’s a good topic for debate, and a point in Eagle Rock’s favor is the new Four Café on Colorado, on the same block as the excellent Colorado Wine Company and the as-close-to-New-York-as-we-get-around-here Brownstone Pizza. Four is an ideal addition to the neighborhood mix, an informal, order-at-the-counter café [...]

Marston’s

Marston’s

The cornflake-coated French toast is tasty and the omelets are generous, but we don’t get why people wait on the sidewalk for hour or more on weekends to have breakfast in this fetching old Pasadena bungalow. We come on Tuesdays instead, and go to Dish, Pie ‘n Burger or Café Atlantic on weekends. 151 E. [...]

Lola’s Peruvian

Lola’s Peruvian

Perhaps the best to-go chicken in the region—okay, in the world—is found at this Peruvian café. The birds are marinated in citrus juice, garlic and chiles and spit-roasted over a wood fire until crisp-skinned and incredibly juicy. Pair them with the homemade French fries (the Peruvians know their potatoes), and you will be deliriously happy. [...]

99 Ranch Market

99 Ranch Market

The Gelsons of Asian supermarkets, except instead of having 60 kinds of breakfast cereal, it has 60 kinds of fish sauce. An absolute must-visit, with a dazzling array of Asian produce, sauces, noodles, kitchenware and ingredients, as well as terrific (and terrifically cheap) live seafood. It also stocks most of the American basics (milk, Cheerios, [...]

Japon Bistro

Japon Bistro

Don’t let the home-lettered signs and uninviting, tunnel-like space dissuade you from discovering this fine and eclectic Japanese spot with a lively sushi bar and a devout following. The knowledgeable young staff can’t wait to introduce you to the live sea urchin, the sake collection and the terrific izakaya, including such things as salmon carpaccio, [...]

Gale’s Restaurant

Gale’s Restaurant

Hometown girl Gale Kohl and her husband, Rene Chila, know how to run a restaurant, which is why tout Pasadena comes here. The waiters are pros, the Italian chef is talented, and the atmosphere is warm. We have many favorites on the menu, including mussels with white wine and garlic, caprese salad, Caesar salad and [...]

The Colorado

The Colorado

Think the Chalet fix is pretentious and wine bars are for posers? Then settle into a vinyl booth at the Colorado, order a Jim Beam or a pitcher of Bud, and put some Allman Brothers on the jukebox. This is a proper bar, where food means pork rinds and peanuts and real women can play [...]

Elements: The Bar

Elements: The Bar

Once the Pasadena Playhouse returns (we have faith that it will), the Playhouse District will really have it goin’ on, now that Elements Kitchen has added a proper bar to the neighborhood. Lined with windows to the street and the Playhouse courtyard, the space is comfortably furnished with a few low, upholstered seating areas for [...]

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