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Dish Bistro & Bar

Dish Bistro & Bar

The room facing Old Town’s Union Street is lovely — unfussy and nicely turned out with black woodwork, tables, chairs and simple glassware and cutlery with a bit of heft. I was early for lunch, and my dining companion was a tad bit late, so what the heck — I ordered a Bloody Mary. Spicy, […]

Saladang

Saladang

Count us among the legion who are addicted to Saladang’s yellow curry, light fried calamari, spinach-and-duck salad, beef satay and rad na noodles. The best Thai food in the SG Valley is served by a quick-moving staff in a chic modern room with exposed ducts, colorful table settings and handsome rattan chairs. The lunch specials […]

Dish

Dish

Dish combines a charming farmhouse décor with an inexpensive menu of American comfort food, and it’s a good spot for an all-American breakfast: cornmeal johnnycakes, applewood-smoked bacon, kids’ pancakes and the usual egg dishes. Lunch brings simple sandwiches, soups and salads. At dinner, we like the brisket and the slow-roasted ham with great mac & […]

Robin’s Wood-Fire BBQ

Robin’s Wood-Fire BBQ

Blues on the stereo, wood smoke in the air, ribs on the table . . . this is living. Barbecue zealots (and they are many) argue ceaselessly on web sites like Chowhound.com about which places are best in Southern California; Robin’s usually rates highly, and it deserves to. The meats are smoked over mesquite and […]

Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio

This California-based chain is one of Old Town’s better restaurants. In a bright, modern, noisy setting (complete with a good bar), white-aproned waiters ferry satisfying wines by the glass, savory pastas (the seafood linguine and meat lasagnas are particularly good), thin-crusted pizzas and tasty salads; we avoid the chicken dishes, which tend to be dry. […]

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Just when you think South Pasadena couldn’t possibly support another bakery, along comes Great Harvest to prove you wrong. A franchise operation opened by a local couple, the bakery is a little too franchise-perky, but what they do, they do well. The heart of the operation are the breads, notably the honey whole wheat and […]

T. Boyle’s Tavern

T. Boyle’s Tavern

The first things you will notice are the televisions: thirteen flat screens hung well above the bar, airing all the flavors of ESPN. You will immediately think to yourself sports bar, and perhaps, unable to suppress those sordid memories of Barney’s, beat a hasty retreat. This would be a shame, because T. Boyle’s Tavern is […]

Song

Song

This architecturally dramatic space—a small glass-walled dining room and larger open-air patio set off by fifteen-foot-tall laser-cut steel panels modeled on Thai fabrics—is perfectly suited to the wonderful Thai street food, which is, after all, intended to be eaten outdoors. You’ll find dishes you won’t find elsewhere in town, like the crispy, addictive corn cakes, […]

Jones Coffee Company

Jones Coffee Company

A globe-hopping selection of coffee (including organic choices) is sold by kindly people in a warehouse space filled with giant roasters, an espresso bar and a funky collection of tables and chairs. The prices are more than fair (a cup of brewed coffee is just 99 cents), and if you order five pounds or more […]

Pondok Kaki Lima

Pondok Kaki Lima

Set up in a parking lot behind a Duarte motel just off the 210 Freeway, Pondok Kaki Lima is one of greater L.A.’s brightest beacons of Indonesian cooking. The weekly food fair is a collection of about a half-dozen vendors, most of which specialize in a single dish but nonetheless serve many. Some focus on […]

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