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Elements Is Coming

Elements Is Coming

One of the most anticipated restaurant openings in Pasadena is finally coming to pass: Elements Kitchen, the very fine caterer and café tucked into a tiny space on the south end of Old Pasadena, is taking over the large and beautiful restaurant space adjacent to the Pasadena Playhouse. The site has been the graveyard for [...]

La Caravana

La Caravana

Hearty, tasty Salvadorian specialties—pupusas, meat-filled pepitos (like empanadas), savory chicken sautéed with onions and potatoes, carne asada—are served in a handsome room decorated with plush booths and Central American art and woodwork. It’s a much nicer dining experience than the shabby block it’s on suggests. 1306 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.791.7378, Salvadorian. L & D [...]

Scoping Out the Wine Detective

Scoping Out the Wine Detective

South Lake Avenue is going through some tough times, with empty storefronts abounding, but things are looking up on the block between Green and Cordova. The Counter‘s customized burgers are proving a hit, Crocodile Cafe has been reborn as Café 140, and now there’s a new spot in the Commons that people are talking about: [...]

Top’s

Top’s

This born-in-1952 fast-food institution has been spiffed up for a new era, with gleaming tile, shiny laminated tables and modern lighting. The care in the front of the house is also evident in the kitchen, which turns out large burgers with lots of crisp lettuce and good tomatoes; tasty turkey and veggie burgers; a full [...]

The Coffee Gallery

The Coffee Gallery

So the coffee’s not the best in town, and the service is often bizarrely slow. But we like this appealingly scruffy place anyway. The live music in the separate concert room can be terrific, and the private room is great for a committee meeting, study group or book club. 2029 N. Lake St., Altadena, 626.398.7917, coffeegallery.com, [...]

Lebanese Kitchen

Lebanese Kitchen

It could not have a blander interior, but the warmth of the people and the quality of the food make up for it. (Besides, we usually take out.) Besides delicious kebabs (the lamb is excellent), falafel and a tasty, smoky baba ganoush, we like such harder-to-find specialties as foul (a ground mixture of fava and [...]

Mandaloun

Mandaloun

If you haven’t been to a wedding or a bar mitzvah in a while, head to Mandaloun on a weekend night, and you’ll experience the next best thing, Middle Eastern-style. Three-generation family groups (all dressed up) and large tables of friends come for a night of dancing to the band (it’s loud-don’t plan on having [...]

Heirloom Bakery & Café

Heirloom Bakery & Café

South Pasadena’s new foodie hot spot is the place to get a scone and latte for breakfast or a sandwich, strada (layered cheesy casserole) or little hand-thrown pizza for lunch. It’s primarily a bakery, and it’s damn near impossible to leave without ordering a brownie or an entire blueberry pie to have “for later.” Toddlerphobes [...]

Top Chef Voltaggio

Top Chef Voltaggio

If you had asked the typical Pasadenans who have frequented the Huntington Hotel dining room at any point in the last 100 years if the hotel’s chef would someday be a tattooed, bad-boy national TV star who makes things like lemongrass-scallion froth, they would have popped you on the head with their Wall Street Journals. [...]

Changes at Vertical

Changes at Vertical

After three years, the San Gabriel Valley’s most elegant wine bar, Vertical, has changed things up. Gone are chef Sara Levine and her small-plates tasting menu; now settled  in are new chef Doug Weston and a more traditionally structured menu of modern American bistro food. Also new is operations manager David Haskell, a self-described “wine [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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