Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

Eat & Drink


Maison Akira

Maison Akira

This quiet, opulent place, decorated like the home of a well-bred Upper East Side matron, doesn’t have the flash and buzz of L.A.’s foodie hot spots, but you’ll eat as well here as you will anywhere. Chef Akira Hirose knows his way around a kitchen, having trained with Joel Robuchon and cooked for such places [...]

Jim Brown’s Relish

Jim Brown’s Relish

Jim Brown grew up eating cheeseburgers at Sternberger’s Rite Spot, the famed diner where Pasadena short-order cook Lionel Sternberger claimed to have invented the cheeseburger in the 1920s. It may be a coin toss whether he was truly the first to smother cheese on a burger patty, but what Sternberger was really known for among [...]

Panda Inn

Panda Inn

Okay, so the food is phony by San Gabriel Chinese standards, and it’s a chain, if a local one. But we love Panda Inn anyway. The vegetables are fresh, the flavors are good, and the service is excellent. It’s the sort of place that non-Chinese families bring Grandma for a special occasion, and there’s not [...]

My Vegan

My Vegan

It was a happy day in my house when my teenage daughter stepped back from a year of vegetarianism to add poultry back in her life. My husband and I were supportive (her older sister, not so much, but she was gone to college), and it was good for us to be mostly vegetarian. But [...]

My Favorite Place Tea Room

My Favorite Place Tea Room

Welcoming, chic little lunch shop for full or a la carte afternoon tea. Great sliced chicken sandwiches on chewy rye bread, excellent salads, rose lemonade. 115 W Wilson Ave., Glendale, 818.507.7409, favoriteplacerestaurant.com, Tea. L Tues.-Sat. MC, V. $$

Turkey Up!

Turkey Up!

Run by a goofy bunch of guys in butcher’s whites, Harmony Farms specializes in wild game and organic, hormone-free, free-range lamb, turkey, beef and chicken. And this time of year, it’s the turkey that brings people up to the little Foothill storefront. You can pay $150 for a free-range, hormone-free turkey online, or you can [...]

Chado Tea Room

Chado Tea Room

A lovely shop, in this location for six years. Extensive selection of teas (over 200 varieties) for here or to take home. You will want to lie down in the yellow coconut cake as it is hypnotically sweet and moist. 79 N Raymond Ave, Old Pasadena, CA, 626.431.2832, chadotea.com, Tea. Daily from 11:30 a.m. MC, V. $-$$$

Kaldi

Kaldi

In a handsome old brick building next to the library, this South Pas coffeehouse is one of the best in town, with well-made espresso drinks, a welcoming vibe and sunny sidewalk tables 1019 El Centro St., South Pasadena, 626.403.5951, Café. Mon.-Fri. from 7 a.m., Sat.-Sun. from 7:30 a.m. AE, MC, V. $

El Taquito Goes Upscale

El Taquito Goes Upscale

Okay, so a taqueria in a parking lot on the unglamorous corner of Villa and Lake isn’t actually elegant, but if you used to go to El Taquito Mexicano’s original home (as I did frequently), you’ll be impressed with the gentrification. The old place on Fair Oaks — across the street from La Estrella’s outdoor [...]

Kansai

Kansai

The nice people in this cheerful, open café serve a variety of Japanese dishes (tempura, sushi, gyoza), but the noodles are the thing to get– homemade udon and soba served in a variety of styles and temperatures. (Vegetarians, take note of the hard-to-find vegetarian broth for the noodles.) There’s nothing like cold soba on a [...]

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