Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘American’


Zeke’s Smokehouse

Zeke’s Smokehouse
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A partnership between chefs Leonard Cohen (Maple Drive, 72 Market St.) and Michael Rosen (Reign) along with the Gelsinger family (Gelsinger’s Meats) opened Zeke’s in 2002. It’s become a Montrose mainstay for its top-quality regional American barbecue and smokehouse cooking, as well as its bright, retro-style interior. We’re regulars for the Memphis-style baby-back ribs, Texas beef […]

Pasadena Sandwich Co.

Pasadena Sandwich Co.

Huge sandwiches, low prices and folksy charm keep this long-established spot packed every lunchtime with local working folk, from cops to office toilers to clerks at the mall next door. Split a sandwich with a friend, or get the soup and half sandwich. 269 N. Sierra Madre Villa, Pasadena, 626.578.1616, pasadenasandwichcompany.com, American/Deli. B Mon.-Fri., L […]

The Terrace

The Terrace

Ah, the good life! At your large umbrella-shaded table overlooking the pool, with an iced tea or chardonnay in hand, it’s easy to forget about the troubles beyond the walls of the grand old Huntington. The ladies who lunch and the business folk who meet chat quietly over flawless chicken Caesars, gorgeous Cobb salads and […]

Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

Everything you could ever want in a fast-food joint: vinyl booths, grungy concrete outdoor tables, messy chili fries, huge burgers and its claim to fame, a stupendous breakfast burrito, stuffed with more bacon than your cardiologist wants you to eat in a lifetime. 640 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.793.0120, luckyboyburgers.com, American/Mexican. Open daily to 2 […]

Rick’s Drive-In

Rick’s Drive-In

Oh, sure, Rick’s has good burgers, tasty tacos and decadent milkshakes, but you can’t call yourself a regular unless you try the spuderito, a burrito filled with french fries, cheese and salsa– it’s a staple for countless Pasadena high school boys. If you can’t handle that carbfest, try the taco burger, which tastes like the […]

The Hat World Famous Pastrami

The Hat World Famous Pastrami

Sparkling clean, featuring retro graphics and a constant background chant of “pastrami burger, pastrami burger,” the Hat is an SGV favorite for lovers of (you guessed it!) pastrami and burgers. Since 1951, this cute little checkerboard place with a grandiose name has preserved the stripped-down ethos of fast food and the SoCal car culture that […]

Gus’s BBQ

Gus’s BBQ

For years people came here just for the 1940s neon sign outside, and now that it’s under new management, Gus’s is actually worth visiting. It’s great looking, with dark-wood floors, an old-school diner kitchen, padded booths and a proper bar (rare in South Pas) in back. The brothers who overhauled the place are the sons […]

Mary’s Market & Café

Mary’s Market & Café

This funky little cottage near the base of the Mt. Wilson Trail is rather tired and dusty these days, which is too bad. But it’s still open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, with mondo-good oatmeal cookies for pre- or post-hike energy. It’s a handy stop deep in Sierra Madre for locals who love Taco […]

Fox’s

Fox’s

There’s never less than a 30-minute wait on the weekends at Fox’s, and that’s for good reason. What’s not to like about the hearty omelets, rich French toast, burgers, sandwiches, fresh OJ, bottomless cups of coffee and folksy, woodsy, 1950s setting? And when you consider all the stuffed rodents – er, foxes – you can […]

Billy’s Deli

Billy’s Deli

Established in 1949, Billy’s is an institution that runs on homemade pickles, towers of lox and pastrami, and lots of rye bread. A deli case, bakery case and sandwiches to go complement a dining room hung with huge sepia photos of a Glendale with Red Cars (and without high-rises or smog). The bill will be […]

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