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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 […]

The Langham Huntington Hotel

The Langham Huntington Hotel

The swankest afternoon tea in Pasadena is served all week in the lobby lounge. White linens, silver service, tiered trays of scones, jam, sandwiches, pastries plus champagne. The price will sober you up, but what a way to go. $59 per person, $39 without the bubbly. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626. 568 3900, pasadena.langhamhotels.com, […]

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

Azeen’s is an elegant white-tablecloth restaurant with a restful, welcoming atmosphere. Squint at the menu you’ll recognize derivatives (or ancestors) of such Indian, Pakistani, Persian and Chinese dishes as pakoras, curries, dumplings, kebabs and pilafs. Share a sampler plate of appetizers, then try tender beef kebabs or quabili pallaw (lamb with carrots and raisins). Sweet, […]

Houston’s

Houston’s

Just try to drive by this upscale chain without having the aroma of pork products force you to pull into the parking lot, zombie-like, and head for one of the roomy booths. Pass on the bland chicken and so-so seafood in favor of the excellent (if pricey) meat: baby-back ribs, steaks, chops and burgers. No […]

Green Street Tavern

Green Street Tavern

Not to be confused with Green Street Restaurant (why, oh why do restaurants do this to us?), Green Street Tavern just may be Old Town’s best-kept secret, a cozy, upscale bistro (it’s not actually a tavern) located on relatively quiet Green Street. The tiny indoor space is sculpted with Art Nouveau curves and consists of […]

Elite: Monterey Park’s Finest?

Elite: Monterey Park’s Finest?

Our EAT: Los Angeles colleague Linda Burum, who knows more about Asian cuisines than I know about hamburgers, says that Elite in Monterey Park is currently home to the best dim sum in town. And I for one am not about to argue with her. The San Gabriel Valley’s reigning dim sum house eschews the […]

Scarlet Tea Room

Scarlet Tea Room

Gilt trimmed tea parlor west of the Castle Green, the scones are delectable with the best strawberry jam we’ve had. Good finger sandwiches and lunch specials for heartier appetites. 18 W Green St, Pasadena, 626.577.0051, scarlettearoom.com, Tea. Tues.-Sun. from 11 a.m. AE, MC, V. $$-$$$

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