Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena



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Casa Bianca Pizza Pie

Casa Bianca Pizza Pie

Widely considered to make the best pizza in the greater Los Angeles area, this funky Eagle Rock landmark is no place for a quick bite—the waits are usually fearsome, and even ordering a to-go pizza can take an hour. The payoff is a thin-crust, New York-style pizza with a flavor that usually makes you forget [...]

Dumpling House

Dumpling House

In the mood for some juicy Shanghai-style soup dumplings (xiao long bao), but don’t want to spend the time or money to sit down at Arcadia’s upscale Din Tai Fung? Just drive a little farther up Baldwin and order takeout from Dumpling House. This unassuming family-owned restaurant serves dishes from the Han region of eastern [...]

Old Town Food Tours

Old Town Food Tours

Pasadena’s status as a destination for food lovers is now official: Old Pasadena is the site of Melting Pot’s newest walking tour for food lovers (its original being the successful tour of L.A.’s Farmers Market). Native sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia are taking to the Old Town streets, especially the lesser-traveled ones off Colorado, entertaining [...]

Fresh & Easy

Fresh & Easy

Newly occupying the space previously devoted to organic darling Wild Oats (may it rest in peace), Fresh & Easy has a very different vibe from its predecessor. Everything is bright and blocky, with giant “99 Cents!” signs everywhere. $1.99 will buy you almost anything, from a bottle of wine to some peaches to a bag [...]

Fatty’s

Fatty’s

If you never trust a skinny cook, you’ll be drawn to this gem for the name alone. It’s a post-ironic title for a sensual vegetarian/vegan restaurant that cooks some seriously delicious food and has fun doing it. This is the place to bring your friends who distrust vegetarian cooking; Fatty’s specializes in rich, eclectic, exotic, [...]

Doña Rosa

Doña Rosa

Our latest hometown favorite for recessionary dining is kind of a mystery. It’s called Doña Rosa, and it’s a sibling of the Pasadena El Cholo. The mystery is why the order-at-the-counter offshoot is so much better than the fancier original, which is an undeniably fun place to have chips and margaritas, but whose food is [...]

Porto’s Bakery

Porto’s Bakery

Founded by Cuban immigrants in the ‘60s, this huge, gleaming Glendale café and bakery displays a gorgeous and staggeringly diverse collection of goods, from the guava and cheese strudel called refugiado to Cuban bread to all-American cheesecake. Its ornate tiered wedding cakes are award-winners. Pick up your baked goods at lunchtime and you can also [...]

Café Bizou

Café Bizou

Upscale style at a moderate price keeps this Old Town place packed. Many non-seafood entrees are less than $18, and salad or soup (try the carrot-rosemary) is just $1 with any entrée. We always get the monkfish on saffron-shrimp risotto with a lobster sauce, but the roast chicken with fries, the seafood with black tagliolini, [...]

Newport Seafood

Newport Seafood

We’re going a little more upscale this time in our series on good-value dining in the SG Valley for recession-battered locals. Lobster is never cheap, but sometimes an occasion demands lobster, and if the budget doesn’t allow for the Palm, head for Newport Seafood in San Gabriel. Recently relocated from a small, grungier spot into [...]

Gaucho’s Village

Gaucho’s Village

Southern California may have more vegetarians per square inch than the rest of the country, but people are crazy about meat, too, as evidenced by the proliferation of Brazilian churrascarias, all-you-can-eat celebrations of beef, lamb, pork and chicken This place is one of the best-value churrascarias around, at about $27 per person during the week [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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