Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Modern American’


Palate Food & Wine

Palate Food & Wine
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Chez Panisse in Glendale? Before you laugh, get over to Octavio Becerra’s place and prepare to get caught up in his joy in robust, simple, reasonably priced (very) small plates served with exuberant wines. Everything either comes from a local farmers’ market (or someone’s garden), a small-scale craftsman (as with the cheeses) or is made […]

The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

The Kitchen for Exploring Foods

This hugely successful caterer offers a small but excellent roster of daily-changing to-go food, from soups to vegetarian lasagna to a delicious beef bourguignon. If you don’t have time to make appetizers for that potluck, you can usually pick up a dozen mini Caesar salad cups or zucchini-wrapped shrimp. 1434 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.793.7234, […]

Le Grande Orange

Le Grande Orange

The owners of this new restaurant/bar in the handsomely restored 1925 Santa Fe Depot at Del Mar Station have thought of everything. Good-value happy hour? Check. Retro-hip mac ‘n’ cheese? Check. Grilled ahi tacos? Check. It’s got it all, from name-dropping martinis to a thoughtful kids’ menu, and at this writing, all of Pasadena was […]

Firefly Bistro

Firefly Bistro

South Pasadena’s newfound hipness is epitomized by this tented bistro, which is bright by day and romantic by night. Owners/chefs/spouses Monique King and Paul Rosenbluh turn out an always-interesting and usually wonderful menu of multiethnic offerings, from five-spice pork egg rolls to warm spinach salad, braised lamb shank with creamy polenta to grilled rare ahi […]

Mike & Anne’s

Mike & Anne’s

We’re fans of this friendly Modern American bistro, which opened among Mission Street’s antiques stores just after Hometown Pasadena went to press; most recently, it expanded into the space next door and opened a full bar. Everyone wants to sit out on the twinkle-lit patio, not just because it’s so pleasant, but because on busy […]

Parkway Grill

Parkway Grill

The Spago of Pasadena, Parkway Grill made a big splash when it first opened in 1985, bringing California pizzas and organic vegetables to then-stodgy Crown City. Today the concept is less fresh, and the kitchen execution isn’t as crisp as it once was, but we still love the casually elegant space—soaring wood rafters, exposed brick, […]

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, […]

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, […]

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