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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 [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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