Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena



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Alibi Room

Alibi Room

WHY To eat Kogi’s tacos and other good things without having to stand in a 90-minute line at the truck—plus you can have a Duvel Golden Ale or Los Carlos Malbec with your kim chee sesame quesadilla. WHAT We loved this chill neighborhood pub before Kogi took over the kitchen, and now we love it [...]

Fosselman’s

Fosselman’s

WHY The retro-charm of old-fashioned banana splits, chocolate malts and grab-it-while-you-can seasonal flavors, especially the fresh peach. WHAT Its ice cream is on just about every ‘best of’ list around, but Fosselman’s remains at heart an old-fashioned, family-run parlor that draws diverse crowds to its modest brick storefront. Although seasonal flavors like eggnog, licorice and [...]

Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

WHY An excellent, well-edited selection of cheese and wine in a friendly, low-key setting. WHAT Nicole Grandjean has created a little corner of Paris by the Mission Gold Line station. Order at the counter, grab a table on the flower-lined sidewalk patio and enjoy a delicious baguette sandwich, salad or quiche. Don’t leave without stocking [...]

Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita #1

Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita #1

WHY The cemitas carnitas and the cemitas with chicken in black mole are two of the best sandwiches in L.A.; the quesadillas filled with such things as squash flowers and mushrooms are also excellent. WHAT This hybrid restaurant-sandwich shop is a sit-down place, but we’re putting it in Food That’s Fast because it’s really a [...]

Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie

WHY Pristine glass cases filled with so many good things to eat that you’ll get woozy trying to decide. WHAT Downtown’s shortage of quality takeout vanished overnight with the opening of this noisy, teeming trattoria. The entire west end of the massive space is devoted to takeout: good salads and sandwiches, even better sides (white [...]

Cafecito Organico

Cafecito Organico

WHY A mellow alternative to Silver Lake’s over-caffeinated coffee scene. WHAT Housed in a faux-lighthouse building on none-too-gentrified Hoover Street, this place started selling organic fair-trade beans at local farmers’ markets before opening the café. With free WiFi, a large covered patio and baked goods from Echo Park’s Delilah Bakery, it’s a funky and calm [...]

El Katracho

El Katracho

WHY Well-prepared Honduran baleadas (fat quesadillas), marinated chicken and conch soup served by non-English speakers in a spotless and attractive storefront restaurant. WHAT Overmortgaged on your Van Nuys house? Then come to El Katracho for one of the $6 lunch specials, and you’ll be fed for the day-and then some. Honduran cooking is rich and [...]

Jitlada

Jitlada

WHY Such amazing specialties as the yam priaw dawng (pickled crab salad), soft-shell crab curry and crispy morning glory stems with shrimp and fried shallot slices. WHAT Over the last couple of years Jazz Singsanong and her chef brother, Suthipom, have turned one of Thai Town’s better restaurants into a destination dining spot, thanks to [...]

Three Drunken Goats

Three Drunken Goats

WHY You’ll be tempted to continue ordering tapas until you’re full, but save room for the churros with chocolate dipping sauce, one of the best desserts ever invented.; WHAT This Montrose hot spot (no, that’s not an oxymoron) has a huge menu of delicious, light small bites (bacon-wrapped dates, croquettes, mushrooms of many kinds, grilled [...]

Clifton’s Lives!

Clifton’s Lives!

Thanks to our pal and colleague John Rabe of KPCC for this update on what’s happening with the venerable Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown L.A.: I guess the first thing to say is that Clifton’s Brookside Cafeteria, the historic downtown woodland-themed restaurant, has not technically been “sold.” Instead, Andrew Meieran (below, with tray), who owns the downtown bar The [...]

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