Eat & Drink


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 [...]

Bean Town Coffee Bar

Bean Town Coffee Bar

We’d live in Sierra Madre just for Bean Town—it’s pretty much the perfect coffeehouse. The coffee is robust, the furniture funky but comfortable, and the crowd diverse and cheerful: book clubs, retired guys, moms ‘n’ strollers, teens, dogs—sooner or later, everyone goes to Bean Town. Extras include live bluegrass and folk on weekends, WiFi, board [...]

The Second Coming of Euro Pane

The Second Coming of Euro Pane

After months of rumors and changing plans, Pasadena’s goddess baker Sumi Chang has quietly opened a new, larger offshoot of her Euro Pane Bakery & Café in the new building right across Colorado from the Paseo. It’s not officially open until May 1, but you can stop by now for a coffee, a pastry and/or [...]

Bulgarini Gelato

Bulgarini Gelato

Fans from as far away as Santa Monica make the trek to this gelateria tucked into a run-down shopping center at the top of Lake Avenue. With rich cream-based flavors (pistachio, from Sicilian nuts; zabaglione; stracciatella; seasonal fruits; chocolate of many kinds, including with red pepper or orange) and the intense sorbettos and rough-textured granitas [...]

Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Keep in mind that you must first pay admission to the Huntington plus the $25 price for tea. But this plentiful serve-yourself buffet has six kinds of finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, salads, spreads, little cakes. The two daily selections of hot tea are nothing to write home about, but the servers are friendly and helpful, [...]

Sushi Roku

Sushi Roku

Sure, it’s yuppie and overpriced, but it’s the best sushi in Old Town, and you could do worse than the fatty tuna sashimi and crab dynamite roll, especially if you’ve just come out of a movie. A sleek design, trendy cocktails and model-pretty hostesses complete the illusion that you’re in West Hollywood instead of boring [...]

Zephyr Coffee House & Art Gallery

Zephyr Coffee House & Art Gallery

A hidden gem, Zephyr is a Craftsman cottage suffused with Zen-like beauty and calm. All the rooms have comfy sofas, and the patios have tree-shaded tables; regulars chat just like they’re in their own home, or settle in at a table for a few hours with a laptop or a newspaper. There’s often-worthwhile live music [...]

Perry’s Joint

Perry’s Joint

A sophisticated, spacious spot with great jazz on the stereo, Perry’s is a terrific place to hold small business meetings or to work on your laptop (free WiFi). Good coffee, tasty sandwiches and a full range of Dreyer’s ice cream. 2051 Lincoln Ave., Northwest Pasadena, 626.798.4700, perrysjoint.com, Café. Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. MC, [...]

Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters

Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters

We pride ourselves on our nose for good coffee, so it was distressing to discover that Jameson Brown has been lurking right in front of us for three years now. Well, not right in front — the location on Allen at Locust, just south of the 210, is not exactly on the beaten path, so [...]

Fleur de Lys Patisserie

Fleur de Lys Patisserie

This quaint little patisserie only opened in November 2009, but it has already won many hearts, and not just because it’s a French oasis in the the Asian-food-dominated south San Gabriel Valley. The crème brûlée is torched when you order, the bread pudding is wonderfully sweet with cinnamon and chocolate chips, and the napoleon is [...]

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