Eat & Drink


Ka-San Restaurant

Ka-San Restaurant

Delicious Korean barbecue and other specials (hot pots, stews and tang), served by a friendly staff who will help you cook at your gas-fired tabletop grill. Classic marinated beef (kalbi and bulgogi) is tender; kim chi and other side dishes are abundant, delicious and not too spicy for the uninitiated; and the grilled mackerel is [...]

Café Alibi

Café Alibi

Cafe Alibi has free wi-fi and a cute little patio southside. Also, one of the first places several years ago to routinely ask if you prefer soymilk in your espresso drink. Great, big picture window in front for people-watching. Friendly service with comfy chairs for laptop lads and lassies. 84 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, [...]

New Organic Produce Delivery Hits Town

New Organic Produce Delivery Hits Town

No time to shop the farmers’ markets? Can’t pay Whole Foods prices? Then check out the remarkably affordable organic-produce service that’s recently added our region to its delivery route. Abundant Harvest Organics is now delivering weekly to two local spots: Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and Sunland Park in Sunland, both on Saturday mornings. Here’s how [...]

$5 Meal: Viva Tacos La Estrella

$5 Meal: Viva Tacos La Estrella

Avoiding the drab mini-mall at Foothill and Altadena? Your sad loss, pobrecito. This sun-bleached corner is home to the splendid Tacos La Estrella, a cousin to La Estrella at 502 N. Fair Oaks (outdoor dining only) and La Estrella Tacos #3 in Highland Park (liquor license), both good distractions when further west. Open 24 hours, [...]

Top Chef… Pasadena?

Top Chef… Pasadena?

I love Pasadena, I really do. But let’s be honest — it is not considered one of the country’s best food towns. (Now, San Gabriel, that’s another story.) We have plenty of good places to eat, but we don’t have destination restaurants. But now we have a Top Chef, or at least one who’s climbing [...]

Arroyo Chop House

Arroyo Chop House

Captains-of-industry comfort food is served in a modern setting that would have put Henry Huntington at ease: white linens, etched glass, rich mahogany, Craftsman-influenced chairs and light fixtures, a discreet pianist. Prime steak is the specialty, and most of the time it is cooked as ordered; the New York strip is particularly good. Sides are [...]

Soumarelo

Soumarelo

No matter what apocalyptic circumstances (fires, recessions, etc.) we’re dealing with, it is worth venturing out to find a takeout restaurant that can feed a family of four for $10.  When that $10 gets you a succulent rotisserie chicken, rice, pita bread, garlic butter and sweet chile sauce… well, it’s a treasure. And Soumarelo is [...]

Cham Korean Bistro

Cham Korean Bistro

Kimmy Song has earned much success as the founder CEO of !It Jeans, but she wanted more. A food lover, she had already created a kitchen headed by a former A.O.C. chef to feed employees at their Vernon plant, and she got bitten by the restaurant bug. The result is this bright new café just off [...]

Connal’s

Connal’s

We love Connal’s burgers, even if they’re a bit salty. The buns are warmed on the griddle so they’re a little bit shined and fragrant with grease. And we love the old-fashioned tiny crushed ice for the fountain drinks, which are carbonated just right. All in all, this is a fine example of a hometown [...]

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 [...]

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