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THE CITY’S CULINARY FINEST AND STILL MISS OUT ON AT LEAST HALF OF WHAT’S OUT THERE. If true knowledge exists in knowing that one knows nothing, truly knowledgeable Pasadena residents should have no problem casting off what they think they know about city eats and hitting the streets to see if there’s something they may have been missing. In recent years, food tours have become a relatively simple means of getting to know a local environ through food and a fun way to get out with a group of friends or entertain out-of-town guests. In Pasadena, two companies offer regular walking food tours through Old Town eateries that successfully combine good food and sensible cardio with a little bit of local history served up on the side. Melting Pot Food Tours is the brain-child of Lisa Scalia and her sister, Diane, a pair who grew up in Alhambra and frequented Los —CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

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Angeles-area restaurants for decades before creating a business “We wanted to bring awareness to LA’s rich cultural history that would share the beauty of the Pasadena’s ever-changing food through food,” Choi said. “And there are so many great restaurants landscape with others. in Pasadena and such diverse menu options.” In 2008, the duo was invited by the Pasadena Management Together, Choi and Tan searched for restauBureau to lead tours of Old Town eating establishments, rants to feature on the tour. They wanted to according to Scalia, which really helped the tours take off. highlight family-run businesses, mom and pop “They really wanted to have that, because that’s what people places that were off the beaten path and hidden were seeking,” she added. “Culinary tourism is one of the gems known to be local haunts. fastest growing segments in the Foody Field Trip’s Historic Old Pasadena Tour [food] industry.” includes five full stops intended to give tourToday, Melting Pot currently goers a wide variety of dining options — you can offers three different tours, enjoy the decadent buttery flakes of a Koreanincluding a Latin Spice tour and a style bun at the bakery Pappa Rich, 1 walk through the Los Angeles spring rolls and a secret signature dish at Farmers Market. Scalia admits Green Earth Vegan Cuisine and South being especially enchanted by American wines and appetizers at 1810 the Old Pasadena walking tour. Argentinean Restaurant. The tour, which “Pasadena has everything to runs from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on offer that you’d find in any Saturdays and Sundays, boasts more 3 2 premier dining location, than 20 tastings in three and a from great hole-in-thehalf hours. wall places to fine dining Choi said among those who restaurants and chefs on take the tour, a surprising the local level who are number are local residents of noteworthy. There are a Pasadena and the surrounding 4 lot of different area who want to more fully neighborhoods and explore trends taking place in the a lot of really local food scene. 7 exceptional “We want to restaurants — introduce people to Pasadena has places that locals that in spades,” want to go to,” Choi Scalia says. added. “Once they Today, the sisters leave a place, they’re have hired guides to amazed they’ve never 8 5 6 lead the tours, which been there before.” last around three and a half Scalia said people who take hours and meander through Melting Pot’s tour of Old Pasadena alleys and plazas that give tend to rave about what they’ve walkers a taste of Old experienced and sometimes return Pasadena’s rich history and soon after with another friend or 9 architecture. As groups walk, relative they want to sample the they hear stories and tales of Pasadena back offerings at each destination. She in the day. attributes the enthusiasm to the At each destination, tourists are treated to format of the excursions, which give 10 appetizers, mini-meals and multiple tastings participants what amounts to one at as many as 10 locations. In addition to the tasty and diverse meal, while encouraging groups of friends to Peruvian-inspired Chozo Mama, fusion converse with one another and their fellow tourists. restaurant Equator and the authentic fare of And for locals, Choi said, a food tour may be the perfect way 11 Tortas Mexico, visitors can grab a scoop of to become better acquainted with all that Pasadena has to offer gelato at Tutti Gelati in One Colorado Plaza. Tours are led on and perhaps find a place where they could be regulars. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. “They come away with a number of places they may not have Foody Field Trips, an Alhambra-based company that offers ever been exposed to, and sometimes a new favorite place.” ■ walking food tours of Old Pasadena and Culver City, is run by For more information on Melting Pot Food Tours, visit meltingpottours.com Ricky Choi and his longtime friend Mei Tan. The team came up or call (424) 247-9666. Information on Foody Field Trips can be found at with the idea and opened in September 2010 as a way to share foodyfieldtrips.com or by calling (818) 863-6639. their love of food with others. Pasadena is their flagship tour. DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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To bolster the claim, and not meant to be a rehash of Emily’s postings, what follows are my purely personal preferences and prejudices, ripened for two decades while watching people eat and drink in Pasadena. In addition, you may enjoy the following tips from local waiters on how they politely respond to the awkward moments that you — or your children — may have created.

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CHILDREN Little kids, with unsynchronized hands, arms, legs and mouths (often open and resembling the inside of a jelly donut) are often an embarrassment to parents in a restaurant. “Not at ours,” says Jack Huang, owner of Villa Sorriso, 168 W. Colorado Blvd., (626) 793-8008. “The parents do a good job in keeping the kids from running around and jumping into the fountain.” And now, parents won’t have to teach their children to hold back from ordering expensive dishes: “My daughter has convinced me to have a child’s menu.” Huang adds. Looking to future generations, Huang recently brought in a professional to hold an etiquette clinic especially for little girls, who showed up in fancy dresses. “Afterwards,” says Huang, “one mother said I should do one for little boys. And another said, ‘and husbands.’” HUSBANDS Men in Southern California are so determined to be casual that the only dress code to decipher is “come as you are.” If that means wearing an undershirt, be sure to pair it with dark glasses. These days, more men are doffing baseball caps than tipping hats. At Houston’s, 320 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, (626) 577-6001, they ask only that men wear shirts with sleeves. ONE WAY TO SAY NO When a child falls off a high chair, mom will sooth with a “there, there.” While a grown-up will never be given a chance to fall off a bar stool at King’s Row Gastropub, 20 E. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena, (626) 793-3010, you may hear the mellifluous tones of

bartender Sonny Turco telling a patron they’ve had enough. Turco’s technique is to gently try to get tipsy customers to believe stepping away from the bar is their own idea. “I talk to the person like I would a friend, somebody I care about, and I do,” he says. CHANGING TIMES Way back when, at the Langham Huntington Hotel, 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, (626) 568- 3900, a friend of mine was once refused admittance to the bar because “we have no provision for denims, sir.” Today, while sipping tea in The Terrace, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a young woman with a tattoo flirting from underneath the waistline of her low-rise jeans. PROBABLE CLAWS I could love a Dungeness crab if only it didn’t play so hard to get. Should one go at it with hammer and tongs with great force, violence and attendant clatter? Not at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, (626) 405-0064. Here, they’ll teach you the rules of engagement: First, take the hinge-like piece of flesh that connects the shell to the body, and tug easily until the shell comes off. Next, break the crab into two big chunks. From there, twisting off each leg is a snap. Chef Alfredo Olmos, McCormick & Schmick’s

BARKING AND OTHER COMPLAINTS It’s against the law to let dogs into restaurants, even if they are meticulously dressed. But at Il Fornaio, 24 W. Union St., Old Pasadena, (626) 683-9797, managing partner John Beeman says, “When customers tell us it’s an assistance dog or other assistance animal, we welcome them.” Still, he says he will often see a stowaway puppy peeking out of a tote bag. Years back, says Beeman, “a woman kept trying to bring in a big dog, finally threatening legal action. At last, one day, I said, ‘Miss, the dog can come in, but you can’t.’” Other customer complaints are handled on the spot by charming and skillful servers like Il Fornaio’s Nancy Ratliff. If soup is served at 140 degrees Fahrenheit and someone wants it at —CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

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Parkway, Pasadena, (626) 683-9865. Waiters in fancier places tell me they absolutely hate responding to “ahem” and its less-throaty cousin, “psst.”

SALADS The salad fork is the smaller implement set next to the dinner plate.

NAPKINS If you notice that persons across the table have leftovers on their faces, keep blotting your mouth or nose until they take the hint and do the same. Everybody knows that.

TUT-TUTTING In formal dining, the knife is used to push food onto the fork.

SUSHI It’s handy and proper to pick up sushi with your thumb and forefinger. Sashimi, however, requires chopsticks. On a communal platter, reverse the chopsticks to bring morsels to your plate. Seeing this, those at the next table who understand classic etiquette will hold you in awe. It’s a tactic seldom seen these days.

SOUP In a Japanese restaurant, it gives no offense to drink soup from the bowl. But elsewhere, I miss seeing the Emily Poststyle spoon outward then upward and parallel-to-themouth movement. And I weep to dehydration watching people with their faces down in the bowl as if it were a trough. NOODLING If noodles keep dangling from your chopsticks like wet streamers after a party — and you have trouble eating with any decorum — ask the waiter at Noodle World, 24 W. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena, (626) 585-5885, for a fork. Then, using a provided spoon as a fulcrum, twist just a few strands at a time. Try too many, and you’ll soon have to revert back to bobbing and slurping.

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CELL PHONE RULES No longer enforceable. LAP TOPS With a cup long emptied and nary a crumb of food on the table, a customer who uses a coffeehouse as office space should be fired. RUDENESS “When customers talk down to us like we’re servants, all we can do is nod in agreement and breathe easier when they are gone,” confesses Ryan Choi, owner/waiter at Teri & Yaki, 319 S. Arroyo

MUSIC If piped-in music is too loud, I remind managers that throughout history, trumpets were used to gather people together in wars so that they might go to battle.

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TIP JARS At fast-food to-go counters, dimes and pennies in a tip jar do not make for much of a wishing well. Once in awhile, it pays to slip it a dollar bill, but only if a regular barista is watching. At Starbuck’s in Eagle Rock, it gets me extra shots of espresso.

PARDON MY FRENCH If worried about getting wilted glances from French waiters when mispronouncing an order, the book “Food Lover’s Companion” will help you out. Using a “sounding out” phonetic method to pronounce foreign food terms, the maize mushroom “huitlacoche” becomes (whee-lah-KOH-chay). If you can’t find the book, visit Crème de la Crêpe Café, 36 W. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena , (626) 844-0007, where they serve fine food but aren’t too fussy about how it’s ordered. Also, in Vietnamese restaurants, where French is often spoken, remember that it is not “pho” as in “friend or …,” but “fuh,” as in “what the …” ■ DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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PA S A D E N A’ S HIDDEN GEMS LOCATED IN PLAZAS AND ALLEYWAYS THROUGHOUT TOWN, THESE DINING MARVELS DO A BUSTLING BUSINESS WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF A STREET FRONT

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FROM TOP: Carpaccio at Il Forniao, Spicy scallop with asparagus at Bua Na Thai, Waffle sundae at Kind Kreme and Lamb and goat cheese pizza at Café Santorini

To hide one’s business behind walls, stairs or down alleyways may, at a glance, seem counterintuitive, but to the owners of these establishments, the location is part of the charm. “There’s less noise and less foot traffic. This means you get to sit to a nice meal without feeling the anxiety of the traffic and the crowds either surrounding you or rushing around right in plain view,” says Teddy Bedjakian, owner of the Asian fusion restaurant Equator, located in McCormick Alley off DeLacey Avenue, between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street. “When people find us, they really feel like they’ve stumbled onto some kind of secret location.” Equator, 22 Mills Place, (626) 564-8656, is a place with a truly unique look and feel. The funky mix of Buddhist sculpture, feng shui accents and avant garde, oldmaster style paintings from local artist Michael Hussar create a provocative energy that is balanced by the subdued use of low and natural lighting. Booths made up of chairs and sofas with throw pillows make diners cozy as they nosh on basil mignon with black pepper sauce or spicy seared albacore tataki. Bartenders are skilled at making the restaurant’s many, many cocktails and concoctions and are brave enough to try new mixes if you ask them. With a new Happy Hour special every day, Equator will definitely inspire return trips. Most people in Pasadena know Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana as one of the area’s top places to order a fresh, authentic meal and brush up on your Italian ordering skills at the same time. But somewhat lesser known may be Il Fornaio’s Bakery and Café, 24 W. Union St., (626) 683-9797, located in Smith Alley inside the One Colorado Shopping Plaza, which serves up an impressive and satisfying lunch-on-therun menu available daily until 5 p.m. You’ll get the same Italian ingredients — imported ham, roasted turkey and bread baked fresh daily — but in a more casual, al fresco setting. You can grab a sandwich or select salad ingredients to be tossed fresh by café staff. As popular as the restaurant is, not many people know about the eatery next door, says bakery and café manager Leslie Flores. “It’s intimate and private,” Flores adds. “It’s very relaxing, there’s plenty of shade and you don’t have the whole Colorado [Avenue] walking past you.” Also tucked inside One Colorado is Bua Na Thai Cuisine, 696 E. Colorado Blvd., Unit 11, (626) 795-3793. Don’t let the quaintness

fool you — this place offers an astonishing selection of reasonably priced dishes and gives diners the option of eating indoors or outside in the plaza. If you go inside, you’ll enjoy a cozy atmosphere of about five or six tables, set up away from the kitchen, that offer diners decent views. Depending on the hour, it can get too crowded indoors, so go with outdoor café style dining if you want to sit back, relax and watch the world go by. As scenic as eating on site may be, Bua Na lets you order meals for pickup or delivery online, where you can also find coupons for free items, including the must-have Thai iced tea. If you walk down Union Street from One Colorado, you will chance upon Miller Alley. Just beyond that spot, you will spot a glass door leading to a shaded stairway. You have arrived at Café Santorini, 64 West Union Street, Pasadena, (626) 564-4200. At the café, you can pick from a host of Mediterranean and Italian dishes. The highly visible and opulently decked out Rococo Room to the right of the modest entrance is the rentable banquet facility owned and operated by the café. Make it to the top of the staircase, and you can choose between a cozy but exquisite indoor area and the rooftop dining space outdoors, where tables and chairs are closely arranged in a communal piazza style. Whichever you select, you will be almost completely tucked away from the view of the streets below as you nibble on fresh seafood selections, wood-fired pizzas and treats like hummus and babaghanoush (eggplant) spreads or stuffed grape leaves. If you’re in the mood for a healthy and refreshing post-dinner delight or the hot weather has you feeling ice-cream sociable, consider a visit to Kind Kreme, 319 S. Arroyo Parkway, (877) 985-5463. This made from scratch vegan ice cream, which could very well convert devout dairy fans, comes in tantalizing flavors, like coconut nib, chocolate chip cookie and honey vanilla. Eco-friendly is the key term here, where even the spoons are made from compostable materials, so be prepared to pay a little bit more for the added kindness. Because the spot is based on the presumption of dietary restrictions (or preference) don’t be afraid to ask about ingredients, confess allergies, etc. Staff should be helpful with this. These are but a few of Pasadena’s many hidden gems, but they should give you enough reason to look beyond the major chains and perhaps take the road, or alley, less traveled on your next dining foray. ■ DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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MOST OF US HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT SONGS WOULD GO INTO THE SOUNDTRACKS OF OUR LIVES — THE TRIUMPHS, THE TRAGEDIES AND ALL THE MINUTIAE IN BETWEEN. BUT IF WE WERE TO TAKE OUR ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS AND PUT THEM INSTEAD TO MEMORABLE MEALS AND DINING SPOTS WE’VE VISITED ALONG THE WAY, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?

PASADENA IS A TREASURE TROVE OF MEMORY-MAKING EXPERIENCES JUST WAITING TO HAPPEN. YOU CAN DINE BLITHELY, TO KILL TIME OR FOR RAPID REPLENISHMENT, BUT IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE CITY’S DINING LANDSCAPE YOU MIGHT NOTICE THAT PARTICULAR POINTS STAND OUT AMONG THE REST AS POTENTIALLY PERFECT TRACKS FOR YOUR HEART’S NEXT JOURNEY. DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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GUIDE TO LOCAL DINING 1. 300 PASADENA 3545 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 351-8858 300pasadena.com 2. 38 DEGREES ALE HOUSE & GRILL 100 W. Main St., Alhambra (626) 282-2038 38degreesalhambra.com 3. A’FLOAT SUSHI 87 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 729-9779 4. AVANTI CAFÉ 111 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-4688 | avanticafe.com 5. BAR CELONA MODERN SPANISH TAPAS BAR 46 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 405-1000 barcelonapasadena.com 6. BEYOND THE OLIVE 10 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 844-3866 beyondtheolive.com 7. BIG MAMMA’S RIB 1453 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 797-1792 bibmamas-ribshack.com 8. BILL’S CHICKEN 2234 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena (626) 797-4119 9. BONNIE’S SMOKIN BBQ HEAVEN 1280 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 794-0132 bonniebssmokin.com 10. BUA NA THAI CUISINE 696 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-3793 buanathaipasadena.com 11. BUCA DI BEPPO 80 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 792-7272 bucadibeppo.com

20. COCKTAIL HOME 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 254-0880 cocktailhomestore.com

42. NUMERO UNO PIZZA, PASTA & MORE 3562 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 577-1723 numerounopizzapasadena.com

21. THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE 2029 Lake Ave., Altadena (626) 794-2424 coffeegallery.com

43. PASTRIES BY NANCY 761 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena (626) 794-9839 pastriesbynancy.com

22. COLOMBO’S REST & CATERING 1833 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock (323) 254-9138 colombosrestaurant.com 23. DIVINA CUCINA 3730 N. Verdugo Blvd., Montrose (818) 248-3077 divinacucinarestaurant.com 24. EDEN GARDEN BAR & GRILL 175 E. Holly St., Pasadena (626) 440-1421 edengardenbarandgrill.com

26. ERNIE JR. TACO HOUSE 2803 Broadway, Eagle Rock (323) 256-1298 | erniejrs.com 27. FATBURGER 743 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 398-9900 | fatburger.com 28. FU-SHING CHINESE RESTAURANT 2960 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 792-8898 | fu-shing.com 29. GREAT HARVEST BREAD 1019 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 441-4786 greatharvestsouthpasadena.com 30. HILTON PASADENA/PATIO 168 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-1000 | hilton.com 31. HOUSE OF BASTURMA 2487 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena | (626) 345-9090

13. CAFÈ BIZOU 91 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 792-9923 cafebizou.com

33. KABUKI 88 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 568-9310 kabukirestaurants.com

14. CAMERON’S SEAFOOD 1978 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-3474 camerons4fish.com

34. KATHLEEN’S RESTAURANT 595 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 578-0722 kathleenrestaurant.com

15. CHANG THAI BISTRO 400 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena 614 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia (626) 357-9658 changthaibistro.com

35. LEBANESE KITCHEN 1384 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena | (626) 296-9010

18. CLEARMAN’S GALLEY 7215 N. Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel (626) 286-1484 clearmansrestaurants.com

44. PLATE 38 2361 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-7100 | plate38.com 45. PRESIDENTIAL THAI 498 S. Rosemead, Pasadena (626) 578-9814 president-thai.com 46. RADHIKAS MODERN INDIAN BISTRO 966 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 799-2200 | radhikas.com 47. ROXOLANA RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 34 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 792-0440 roxolanarestaurant.com

25. EL PORTAL 695 E. Green St., Pasadena (626) 795-8553 elportalrestaurant.com

32. IX TAPA 119 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 304-1000 cantinaixtapa.com

17. CHEFFELLE A PERSONAL CHEF SERVICE 1-888-409-CHEF (2433) (626) 303-7117 Mobile: (626) 841-1601 Chefelle.com

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41. NEW MOON 2138 Verdugo Blvd., Montrose (818) 249-4393 newmoonrestaurants.com

12. BURRITO EXPRESS 1597 E. Washington, Pasadena (626) 798-0844 burritoexpresspasadena.com

16. CHARLIE’S TRIO CAFÉ 47 W. Main St., Alhambra (626) 284-4943 Charlie’s Trio 5769 N. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles (323) 223-3871 charliestrio.com

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19. CLEARMAN’S NORTHWOODS INN 7247 N. Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel | (626) 286-3579 clearmansrestaurants.com

36. LUPITA’S MEXICAN FOOD 2383 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-3499 37. MAMMA’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 710 Fair Oaks, South Pasadena (626) 799-1344 mammasbrickoven.com 38. MARGARITA’S 155 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-4224 margaritasmexicanfood.com 39. MI PIACE 25 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-3131 mipiace.com 40. MY VEGAN 633 S. Arroyo Pkwy #3, Pasadena (626) 578-9017 my-vegan.com

48. ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION 641 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena (626) 356-4066 roysrestaurant.com 49. SCARLET TEA ROOM 18 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 577-0051 scarlettearoom.com 50. SPOON 5110 Townsend Ave., Eagle Rock (323) 258-2840 spooncoffee.com 51. STUFFED SANDWICH 1145 E. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel (626) 285-9161 stuffedsandwich.com 52. SUGAR FIX 63 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 396-9402 sugarfixdesserts.com 53. SUSHI ROKU 33 Miller Alley at One Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 683-3000 | sushiroku.com 54. THE KITCHEN 78 W. Union, Pasadena (626) 796-9802 thekitchenpasadena.com 55. THE PATIO 21 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia (626) 447-2846 patiocuisine.com 56. TONY’S PIZZA 2555 Huntington Dr., San Marino (626) 793-4114 tonyspizzasanmarino.com 57. TOPS WALNUT 1792 E. Walnut Ave., Pasadena (626) 584-0244 topsburger.com 58. TUTTI GELATI 62 W. Union St., Pasadena (626) 440-9800 tuttigelati.com 59. VILLA SORRISO 168 W., Colorado Blvd. Pasadena (626) 793-8008 sorrisopasadena.com 60. ZELO’S PIZZERIA 328 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia (626) 358-8298 61. ZUGO’S CAFÈ 74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre | (626) 836-5700 zugoscafe.com

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GUIDE TO LOCAL DINING 1. 300 PASADENA 3545 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 351-8858 300pasadena.com 2. 38 DEGREES ALE HOUSE & GRILL 100 W. Main St., Alhambra (626) 282-2038 38degreesalhambra.com 3. A’FLOAT SUSHI 87 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 729-9779 4. AVANTI CAFÉ 111 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-4688 | avanticafe.com 5. BAR CELONA MODERN SPANISH TAPAS BAR 46 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 405-1000 barcelonapasadena.com 6. BEYOND THE OLIVE 10 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 844-3866 beyondtheolive.com 7. BIG MAMMA’S RIB 1453 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 797-1792 bibmamas-ribshack.com 8. BILL’S CHICKEN 2234 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena (626) 797-4119 9. BONNIE’S SMOKIN BBQ HEAVEN 1280 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 794-0132 bonniebssmokin.com 10. BUA NA THAI CUISINE 696 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-3793 buanathaipasadena.com 11. BUCA DI BEPPO 80 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 792-7272 bucadibeppo.com

20. COCKTAIL HOME 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 254-0880 cocktailhomestore.com

42. NUMERO UNO PIZZA, PASTA & MORE 3562 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 577-1723 numerounopizzapasadena.com

21. THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE 2029 Lake Ave., Altadena (626) 794-2424 coffeegallery.com

43. PASTRIES BY NANCY 761 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena (626) 794-9839 pastriesbynancy.com

22. COLOMBO’S REST & CATERING 1833 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock (323) 254-9138 colombosrestaurant.com 23. DIVINA CUCINA 3730 N. Verdugo Blvd., Montrose (818) 248-3077 divinacucinarestaurant.com 24. EDEN GARDEN BAR & GRILL 175 E. Holly St., Pasadena (626) 440-1421 edengardenbarandgrill.com

26. ERNIE JR. TACO HOUSE 2803 Broadway, Eagle Rock (323) 256-1298 | erniejrs.com 27. FATBURGER 743 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 398-9900 | fatburger.com 28. FU-SHING CHINESE RESTAURANT 2960 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 792-8898 | fu-shing.com 29. GREAT HARVEST BREAD 1019 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 441-4786 greatharvestsouthpasadena.com 30. HILTON PASADENA/PATIO 168 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-1000 | hilton.com 31. HOUSE OF BASTURMA 2487 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena | (626) 345-9090

13. CAFÈ BIZOU 91 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 792-9923 cafebizou.com

33. KABUKI 88 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 568-9310 kabukirestaurants.com

14. CAMERON’S SEAFOOD 1978 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-3474 camerons4fish.com

34. KATHLEEN’S RESTAURANT 595 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 578-0722 kathleenrestaurant.com

15. CHANG THAI BISTRO 400 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena 614 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia (626) 357-9658 changthaibistro.com

35. LEBANESE KITCHEN 1384 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena | (626) 296-9010

18. CLEARMAN’S GALLEY 7215 N. Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel (626) 286-1484 clearmansrestaurants.com

44. PLATE 38 2361 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-7100 | plate38.com 45. PRESIDENTIAL THAI 498 S. Rosemead, Pasadena (626) 578-9814 president-thai.com 46. RADHIKAS MODERN INDIAN BISTRO 966 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 799-2200 | radhikas.com 47. ROXOLANA RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 34 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 792-0440 roxolanarestaurant.com

25. EL PORTAL 695 E. Green St., Pasadena (626) 795-8553 elportalrestaurant.com

32. IX TAPA 119 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 304-1000 cantinaixtapa.com

17. CHEFFELLE A PERSONAL CHEF SERVICE 1-888-409-CHEF (2433) (626) 303-7117 Mobile: (626) 841-1601 Chefelle.com

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41. NEW MOON 2138 Verdugo Blvd., Montrose (818) 249-4393 newmoonrestaurants.com

12. BURRITO EXPRESS 1597 E. Washington, Pasadena (626) 798-0844 burritoexpresspasadena.com

16. CHARLIE’S TRIO CAFÉ 47 W. Main St., Alhambra (626) 284-4943 Charlie’s Trio 5769 N. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles (323) 223-3871 charliestrio.com

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19. CLEARMAN’S NORTHWOODS INN 7247 N. Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel | (626) 286-3579 clearmansrestaurants.com

36. LUPITA’S MEXICAN FOOD 2383 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-3499 37. MAMMA’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 710 Fair Oaks, South Pasadena (626) 799-1344 mammasbrickoven.com 38. MARGARITA’S 155 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-4224 margaritasmexicanfood.com 39. MI PIACE 25 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-3131 mipiace.com 40. MY VEGAN 633 S. Arroyo Pkwy #3, Pasadena (626) 578-9017 my-vegan.com

48. ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION 641 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena (626) 356-4066 roysrestaurant.com 49. SCARLET TEA ROOM 18 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 577-0051 scarlettearoom.com 50. SPOON 5110 Townsend Ave., Eagle Rock (323) 258-2840 spooncoffee.com 51. STUFFED SANDWICH 1145 E. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel (626) 285-9161 stuffedsandwich.com 52. SUGAR FIX 63 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 396-9402 sugarfixdesserts.com 53. SUSHI ROKU 33 Miller Alley at One Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 683-3000 | sushiroku.com 54. THE KITCHEN 78 W. Union, Pasadena (626) 796-9802 thekitchenpasadena.com 55. THE PATIO 21 E. Huntington Dr., Arcadia (626) 447-2846 patiocuisine.com 56. TONY’S PIZZA 2555 Huntington Dr., San Marino (626) 793-4114 tonyspizzasanmarino.com 57. TOPS WALNUT 1792 E. Walnut Ave., Pasadena (626) 584-0244 topsburger.com 58. TUTTI GELATI 62 W. Union St., Pasadena (626) 440-9800 tuttigelati.com 59. VILLA SORRISO 168 W., Colorado Blvd. Pasadena (626) 793-8008 sorrisopasadena.com 60. ZELO’S PIZZERIA 328 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia (626) 358-8298 61. ZUGO’S CAFÈ 74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre | (626) 836-5700 zugoscafe.com

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TRACK 1: THE HOOKUP You’re looking for a warm body, someone you can talk to, connect with and then call — or not call. If you want to get out of your head, dance out the week’s frustrations or simply meet someone new and see what happens next, Pasadena’s got you covered. If you’re charismatic enough to ask a stranger to dance, consider the aptly named night spot 72 North, located at 72 N. Fair Oaks Ave., (626) 578 9990. While it bills itself as “the No. 1 source for sports entertainment,” this club-like space has foregone the tacky jerseys and NASCAR wreckage in favor of a lower-lit, intimate and mysterious atmosphere that almost encourages blind fumblings. You may want to eat first — 72 North isn’t exactly an up-and-coming foodie favorite, unless you consider domestic beer and buffalo wings an adequate pairing. When it comes to menus, what you’ll get promises to be a feast more for the eyes than anything else; this is as true for women as for men. For those who lack the aplomb required to grind with total strangers, there are more sensible ways to meet members of the opposite sex. Yard House in Paseo Colorado, 330 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 577-9273, lets you hedge your bets. Any given weekend brings with it tremendous opportunities to people watch. This is because the layout of tables and booths around an inspiringly large bar located dead center lets diners spy on bar patrons (and vice versa) while remaining virtually unnoticed. The always crowded bar will let you pick out a choice seat near a person of interest, perhaps under the ruse of wanting to check out all the gazillion drafts 72 North on tap. If you get there and it’s too packed to sit down at first, Yard House etiquette allows hovering, another great way to strike up a casual conversation. Hopefully, you will have enough charm to take it from there. If talking to a group of strangers is intimidating for you, look for a place that brings in big crowds but also has fun events for patrons throughout the week. Barney’s Beanery, 99 East Colorado Blvd., (626) 405-9777, is the answer for people who want to hook up but would feel more comfortable doing so under the guise of engaging in Barney’s Beanery a competition, activity or game. There’s nothing like trivia, a game of pool or karaoke to generate appropriate and non-creepy conversations with someone you may have your eye on. DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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TRACK 2: FIRST DATE So it worked — you found just the right person and macked well enough to score a dinner date. Maybe this is the first time you’ll be alone together, or the first face-to-face conversation. Whatever the case, a solid first impression is key, so you’ll want to consider what kind of first date you want to have by selecting just the right spot. Here are just a few suggestions. If you’re looking for a somewhat cozy but cool place where discussing the menu alone will get you through the first half hour of nerves, try Magnolia Lounge, 492 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 584-1126. This interesting night spot opens for business each day at 4:30 p.m., but you may want to get there well before 10 p.m., when the lounge part really wakes up, if you’re looking for good dinner conversation. Appetizers, like fried green tomatoes with a basil cream cheese filling, come in somewhat small portions but are exceptional and great for sharing. Another favorite is Sugar’s Mac ’N Cheese, a delectable harmony of Gruyere, Romano and white cheddar with a sourdough crust that doffs a cap to recipes prepared in the Southern style. Should you want to impress your date with your exquisite taste and fiduciary fearlessness, reserve a pair of tickets for an upcoming show at the renowned Pasadena Playhouse then walk next door afterward to Elements Kitchen, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, (626) 440-0044. The restaurant boasts a “bold and innovative” cuisine that pairs flank steak with kimchi tacos and offers two different ways to enjoy a half duck — you can have smoke cured breast meat or a crispy confit of leg and thigh. Add to that several fresh seafood and vegetarian options, and you’re sure to find something to fall in love with. Most dishes are in the $15 to $35 price range, with a couple outliers on both ends, but you’ll only have one first date if he or she ends up being a keeper. Even some of the biggest romantics will argue against showing all your cards on the first date. After all, if you broke out the Cristal on the first night, what’s up your sleeve for date No. 2? For a destination that will give you the glow and glitter, and some amazing food, without the attendant credit card debt, consider Panda Inn, 3488 E. Foothill Blvd., (626) 793-7300. Since 1973, Master Chef Ming-Tsai Cherng and his son, Andrew, have expanded the original Pasadena haunt to include several restaurants and names, including the iconic fast-food counterpart to the original, Panda Express. But don’t worry. Panda Inn is an original that will have your date thinking anything but food court. All the Chinese food favorites preferred by American palates are here and are decently priced. Plus, the ambience is nice at night, where oversized booths offer up window views. DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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TRACK 3: FIRST MAKEUP You just heard your first door slam or phone hang up and it feels like a death blow. First of all, congratulations for getting through this important relationship milestone. There is no escaping it. Maybe you’ve had some time to think since the fight, and the guilt of what you said or did is starting to get to you. Skip the flowers, and say I love you with some food and drinks. Here are some great ways to let him or her know you’re sorry. If you’re a man, a place that could really smooth things over with is POP Champagne and Dessert bar, 33 East Union St., Pasadena (626) 795-1295. This über-charming locale is perfectly suited for snuggling up and comforting one another back to a state of health — brick walls seem soft in the soft glow of chandelier lighting, and sofa seating lines the walls at the back of the restaurant. To drink … champagne, in a range of styles and provenances. To eat … wild mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta, prosciutto with fresh melons, figs and cheese or a trio of sliders. It’s irrelevant what you decide on — bank on the bubbles getting her back to giggles in no time. If you’re a woman, tell him you don’t want to talk but would instead love to grab a bite. Then go to Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, 70 W. Gyu-Kaku Green St., Pasadena, (626) 405-4842. Its tiny exterior belies what you’ll find inside, which is a very earthy, elemental and somehow male décor with a universal appeal. In addition to a built-in fire pit in the table that lets you cook fresh meat yourself, this place is known for its Happy Hour specials (in fact, the bar and the tables have two different Happy Hour deals) where pitchers are as cheap as $5. So placate him with meat and cheap beer, and you will create an environment of forgiveness. TRACK 4: THE BREAKUP We didn’t want to disparage any Pasadena restaurants by calling them out as ideal spots for swinging the relationship axe (although, trust us, a few great ideas did come up), so instead we offer some general tips for finding a good location to let someone down gently. Go with something carb-heavy and hope they’ll be too sluggish to protest when you tell them, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Also, a 10-pound plate of pasta may prevent him or her from being able to run after you, should you need to flee the scene. Find places with great drink specials and time your visit to allow for optimum consumption. When the timing is right, stop being coy and lay low the real reason for the evening. Finally, look for pay-before-you-play options, like buffets, to avoid the awkward bill paying afterward. If it’s going really badly, you can split when your unintended goes up for seconds … or thirds. If you’ve just parted ways in a relationship and feel like you’ve got to get out and stop feeling sorry for yourself, or for the notion of love lost, go back to Track 1 and repeat. ■ DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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BAR CELONA MODERN SPANISH RESTAURANT AND TAPAS BAR 46 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 405-1000. barcelonapasadena.com

38 Degrees has been serving great beer and ale in its spacious location on Main Street since June 2009. Enjoy a unique dining experience where the specialties are grilled seafood, certified Angus beef and sandwiches, not to mention a full bar and fine selection of domestic and imported ales. Join us for dinner, happy hour or a late evening snack.

Inspired by the au courant food capital of the world, this stylized version of a modern Spanish tapas bar and restaurant brings Spain’s passion for great food and wine to Old Pasadena with a vibrant selection of tapas (small plates), paella and Spanish entrees, plus specially blended sangria. A stunningly beautiful wine and martini lounge will entice you with live music, flamenco bands and deejays. We have a late-night lounge and menu. Private dining rooms are available.

300 PASADENA 3545 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 626) 351-8858 threehundred.com Bowl Your Brains Out 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays! To help with hump day, come join us for $1 bowling, $1 shoes and $5 menu options. Don’t forget to take advantage of our $3 domestic drafts and well drink specials. Pick up your 2011 Kids Club Card. It's good for one free game and shoe rental every day this summer. Must be 12 years or younger to qualify. Card redeemable before 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

A’ FLOAT SUSHI 87 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 379-2221 A’ Float Sushi dishes up high-quality sushi at some of Pasadena’s lowest prices. A unique dining experience, A’ Float Sushi’s lunch and dinner offerings are delicious delights, such as eight pieces of sashimi for $6.15, lunch special eight-item plates for $6.95, and sushi plates starting at $1.98. Take advantage of 90 minutes of free parking at the Schoolhouse Parking Building nearby.

AVANTI CAFÉ 111 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-4901 avanticafe.com Avanti Cafe has won Pasadena Weekly’s “Best Gourmet Pizza” for 15 years. Avanti Café is dedicated to providing exciting gourmet cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere and specializes in gourmet pizzas prepared in an imported oak-wood-fired Italian oven, with pizza dough especially formulated to accent a natural oak-wood flavor. Choose from a delicious assortment of California-style toppings, each prepared from the freshest ingredients, or select from our many popular pasta or calzone dishes.

BEYOND THE OLIVE 10 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 844-EVOO (3866) beyondtheolive.com We are the premier source for the education, tasting and purchasing of California’s highquality, extra virgin olive oils, gourmet vinegars, specialty food products and merchandise. Our olive oils and vinegars are almost exclusively produced and bottled in California — not shipped from Europe. In this economy, why not support your local economy? We are located in the heart of Old Pasadena at Raymond and Colorado.

BIG MAMA’S RIB SHACK 1453 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 797-1792 bigmamas-ribshack.com Have you tried Big Mama’s food? Big Mama's is a family owned and operated restaurant and catering company in Pasadena. We have banquet space and dining options for practically any event. We serve the finest barbecue and southern eating this side of the Mississippi. Our unique cuisine and southern hospitality, attracts diners of all walks of life from across the globe. It is true "down home" Southern food, crafted with careful attention to the tradition and love handed down from Big Mama's original personal recipes.

BILL’S CHICKEN 2234 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena (626) 797-4119 Of course, fried chicken is the signature dish, but the barbeque and sides are practically neck-and-neck. And now you can add Jamaican to the mix. The Jerk Chicken Pie will sur—CONTINUED ON PAGE 31 DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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BONNIE B’S SMOKIN’ BARBEQUE HEAVEN 1280 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 399-3695 bonniebssmokin.com Move over Pasadena barbeque establishments and make room for sisters Betty Miller-Henderson and Bonnie Henderson. They’ve come to town armed with lots of love and a special award-winning barbeque recipe that’s sure to bring justice to the local barbeque scene. Bonnie and Betty’s true love for people is evident and you can taste the TLC in every meal. Bonnie has garnered countless first-place blue ribbons, trophies and awards. Most recently, Zagat rated the establishment “Noteworthy Newcomer.”

BUA NA THAI CUISINE 696 E. Colorado Blvd (Arcade Lane), Pasadena (626) 795-3793 buanathai.com

CHANG THAI BISTRO 400 S Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena (626) 577-6599 changthaibistro.com Chang Blends the best of the traditional with the best of the contemporary. At Chang, we strive to represent the virtues of the elephant, (elephants are greatly respected for their abilities and for their loyalty) friendliness and loyalty, in the restaurant and in each dish. Our goal is to create the ideal Thai meal: A harmonious blend of the spicy, the subtle, the sweet and the sour that is meant to be equally satisfying to eye, nose and palate.

CHARLIE’S TRIO CAFE 5769 N. Huntington Dr., Los Angeles (323) 223-3871 charliestrio.com Join us, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary! Serving delectable Italian specialty dishes, pasta, pizza and grilled items since 1971, we’re open for lunch and dinner. Don’t miss our famous lunch buffet at our Huntington Drive location. Call us to celebrate your next special occasion.

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You’ll love the hidden pleasures you’ll discover at Bua Na! Of the many Thai restaurants in Pasadena that deserve five stars in most rating systems, Bua Na is the pick of the glitter. Out of sight from traffic on Colorado Boulevard and Green Street in the city’s Playhouse District, Bua Na is tucked away in the middle of fashionable Arcade Lane.

When you use Chefelle, a Personal Chef Service, preparing dinner is just one LESS thing you have to think about. We bring the food and equipment, prepare healthy meals and clean up! If you prefer to have prepared meals delivered, we do that too. It's your choice! Thinking of having a party but don't want to do all the work? Let Chefelle make the evening wonderful and delicious. We can even do a drop-off of lunch or dinner items for you to serve, if you prefer.

BUCA DI DEPPO 80 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 792-7272 bucadibeppo.com

COCKTAIL HOME 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Westfield Santa Anita (626) 254-0880 cocktailhomestore.com

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Buca di Beppo is conveniently located at the corner of Green Street and South DeLacey Avenue in Old Pasadena. Buca di Beppo hosts events of all sizes and offers four different packages to choose from for groups of 20 or more. It’s the perfect setting for any group to experience a fun, energetic and welcoming Italian family style dinner. Buca di Beppo also caters — a perfect fit for business and social events of all sizes.

Cocktail Home specializes in unique, design-forward barware, house ware and home furnishings, including art from talented local artists. Cocktail Home is home entertaining’s best kept secret! Mixologist Dan who works alongside fellow owner Suzanne, has won numerous awards and recognitions including ranking in the Top 5 for GQ Magazine/Bombay Sapphire cocktail contest in Los Angeles, 944 Magazine's Top 4 "Best Sangria Recipe" in Los Angeles, City of Long Beach "Cocktail of the Week", and was a featured bartender in Patterson's Beverage Journal. Come in and let us bring cocktail culture to your home!

BURRITO EXPRESS 1597 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 798-0844 burritoexpresspasadena.com Delicious, fresh and fast, Burrito Express has been serving outstanding meals in the same Pasadena location since it opened in 1978. Our food is prepared fresh daily, using the same recipes for the last 30 years. We received “Best Burrito” honors in the Pasadena Weekly’s 2008 Best of Pasadena readers’ poll and have appeared on the MyFoxLA 2008 Best of L.A. Hotlist. We open for breakfast at 8 a.m. and keep serving until 9 p.m.

CAFE BIZOU 91 N Raymond Ave., Old Pasadena (626) 792-9923 cafebizou.com Reader Recommended Pasadena’s Best French Restaurant! If you like French food, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover this charming Old Pasadena favorite. Cozy and lit by candles, it features an extensive menu of Francophile favorites. Diner’s favorites include the pink lobster bisque, steak frites with grilled tomatoes, and tuna tartar. But don’t leave without trying the heavenly flourless cake or tiramisu. Come in for our Summer Festival with pre-fix menus for lunch $15 and dinner $25. A favorite with wine buffs for its $2 corkage fee.

CAMERON’S SEAFOOD 1978 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-3474 camerons4fish.com In 1984, Cameron’s Seafood has been serving its freshest seafood, and has become a landmark in Pasadena. Cameron’s brings the ocean home with its San Francisco-style restaurant. Its exhibition-style kitchen allows patrons to watch their fresh catch being cooked over mesquite wood grills that burn all day long. Enjoy our outdoor patio dining or a drink in our friendly bar while watching your favorite sporting event.

COLOMBO’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE & JAZZ CLUB 1833 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 254-9138 colombosrestaurant.net An Eagle Rock tradition since 1954, Colombo's is relaxed fine dining, great nightly jazz and a retro vibe, making this a local institution. The menu was created and refined by Ann and Sam Colombo and their pizzas, pastas, seafood, prime rib and desserts have been honed to perfection. They are famous for their Porterhouse steaks with roasted garlic, and red wine sauce is recommended. However, there is no wrong selection.

CLEARMAN’S GALLEY 7215 N. Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel (626) 286-1484 North Woods Inn 7247 N. Rosemead Blvd, San Gabriel (626) 286-3579 clearmans.com There’s simply no place like The Boat! Sail into Clearman’s Galley where the tap beers flow, the juicy burgers are better than ever, and all your sporting events are enjoyed on the new huge 15-foot screen! If it’s full meal service you're looking for, Clearman’s North Woods Inn is right next door. They have been serving quality American meals to families just like yours for over 50 years. Both are on Rosemead, just south of Huntington Drive.

DIVINA CUCINA 3730 N. Verdugo Road, Montrose 818-248-3077. divinacucinarestaurant.com Divina offers award-winning entrees in an angelic, starlit atmosphere. Divina’s specialties include pizza prepared in a wood-fired oven, mouthwatering soups, pasta dishes, delicious —CONTINUED ON PAGE 33 DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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EDEN GARDEN BAR & GRILL 175 E. Holly St., Pasadena (626) 440-1412 edengardenbarandgrill.com Located in downtown Pasadena, we offer the best in Mediterranean cuisine, as well as the best service that Pasadena has to offer. We are located in a historic red brick building that brings you that classy yet relaxed atmosphere that many have come to love. Our outdoor patios are breathtaking, which complements our new banquet hall; featuring cathedral ceilings, warm wood trimming, a private bar and entrance, making it perfect for any event.

EL PORTAL 625 E. Green St., Pasadena (626) 795-8553 elportalrestaurant.com Pasadena Weekly readers have been rewarding El Portal with the title of Best Mexican Food in the city for years. This charming little hacienda with brick walls, festive colors, fine art and a California elegant courtyard brings the authentic cuisine of Mexico and the Yucatan region to your table. Enjoy premium-tequila margaritas with strolling mariachis on Fridays, a romantic evening of guitar serenades on Saturday nights, ending the weekend with Mariachi Bella on Sunday.

ERNIE JR.’S TACO HOUSE 2803 W. Broadway, Eagle Rock (323) 256-1298 erniejrs.com Pasadena diners may miss the old place in Old Pasadena, but they only have to drive a few minutes to Eagle Rock for a taste of the tradition that made Ernie Jr.’s famous. They’re known for their burritos, combos, margaritas and, of course, tacos — all offered at reasonable prices and in king-sized portions. The half-century-old tradition continues right next door, and it’s definitely worth the drive.

FATBURGER 743 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 840-4670 fatburger.com Since 1952, Fatburger has been dedicated to one thing: making the best burgers possible. Using only the highest quality ingredients, your food is cooked to order when you want it.

FU-SHING CHINESE SZECHWAN CUISINE 2960 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 792-8898 fu-shing.com Chef Felix Chang and father Chef Tso-Chun Chang opened Fu-Shing in 1980, but their family’s first restaurant opened in 1920 in Szechwan, China. A second soon followed in Taipei, where family chefs mastered their culinary arts and focused on Szechwan taste. Fu-Shing, or “Fortunate Star,” has not only served guests high-quality food, but also with exceptional service and a pleasurable atmosphere.

GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO. 1019 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 441-4786 greatharvestsouthpasadena.com We are millers and bakers, using traditional methods to make our breads. Our passion is to provide you and your family with the freshest and most flavorful baked goods you’ve ever tasted. Come in for a free slice of hot-out-of-the-oven bread or a taste of our legendary sweets. We’re family-owned and community focused. We offer you a place to hang out, listen to great music or a place to work on your laptop. Everyone is welcomed!

HOUSE OF BASTURMA 2487 E Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 345-9090 House of Basturma is a new Armenian restaurant located in East Pasadena. Come in today and try our delectable sandwiches, lulukebabs, shawermas, koftas, soujouks, and other Mid-

dle Eastern/Armenian specialties. Our dishes are made to order with fresh ingredients. Take out only. We also offer a full service deli.

IXTAPA CANTINA & RESTAURANT 119 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena (626) 304-1000 cantinaixtapa.com Ix Tapa, the latest offering from restaurateur Jack Huang, combines a restaurant, sports bar and club with Mexican cuisine. Ix Tapa specialties include pollo en mole poblano (chicken in our house-made, spicy red mole sauce) and chile relleno (poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef or cheese, topped with a red chili) as well as traditional mariscos. The 7,000-plus square feet of space has a resort-like feeling and accommodates live music, dancing and a complete schedule of weekly entertainment options.

KABUKI 88 W. Colorado Blvd., #103. Pasadena (626) 568-9310 3539 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 351-8963 201 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank (818) 843-7999 kabukirestaurants.com Since 1991, our vision for Kabuki Japanese Restaurant has been to create high-energy, family-friendly and value-oriented Japanese restaurants. It is our everyday mission to deliver quality and freshness, great service and value to our guests with the ultimate hope that our guests will come to appreciate Japanese cuisine as comfort food. Experience the cuisine and beverages passionately crafted to provide you the best in Japanese cuisine and to spreading the culture of Japan dining to our guests.

KATHLEEN’S RESTAURANT 595 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 578-0722 kathleensrestaurant.com Kathleen’s Restaurant has been a Pasadena favorite for more than 27 years. Here you will find a comfy hometown feeling with service that’s down-to-earth and attentive. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast, you can find almost anything you’re craving — house-made soups and desserts, bursting burgers, signature salads, fresh fish, house-made Mexican specialties, Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and much more. Owners Kathleen and Efren are there daily. Ample free parking!

KINGS ROW GASTROPUB 20 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-3010 Gastropub: A British term for a pub that specializes in high quality food a step above the traditional pub. Kings Row serves serious pub food that follows the seasons and farmers throughout Southern California. Diners can enjoy a selection of rare & exotic burgers and sausages, signature dishes, re-interpretations of classics and unpretentious snacks. Call us for more information at (626) 793-3010 or visit us at kingsrowpub.com.

LEBANESE KITCHEN 1384 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 296-9010 Tucked away in the East Washington Village at the corner of Hill Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Lebanese Kitchen offers rich spices, fresh meats and an assortment of traditional family recipes — all under one roof. Stop by for lunch and dinner. It's perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Take out is available for those relaxing nights at home. Catering is also available for all occasions.

LUPITAS MEXICAN FOOD 2383 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena (626) 795-3499 lupitascm.com Lupitas has been family-owned since 1993, offering traditional homemade Mexican food, as well as handmade corn tortillas. Choose from a variety of dishes featuring tacos, burritos, seafood and combination platters. We also serve beer and wine. Décor is casual and simple. Great food, great service! We also offer catering for any occasion. —CONTINUED ON PAGE 34 DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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MAMMA’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA 710 Fair Oaks Ave., S. Pasadena (626) 799-1344 mammasbrickoven.com One look at Mamma’s Brick Oven menu and you’ll never order ordinary pizza ever again. This ambitious menu boasts everything from artichoke hearts to sundried tomatoes to pesto and goat cheese. Mamma’s offers handcrafted pizza, pastas, calzones, Stromboli and much more. You’ll be the talk of the town when you serve Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza or Pasta at your next party!"

MARGARITA’S 155 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-4224 margaritasmexicanfood.com

Hidden inside the Hilton Pasadena, Patio 168 is an intimate, open space designed for diners to enjoy Chef Delgado’s ever-evolving creativity, which features an unconventional amalgam of flavors and textures. Our menu changes weekly, allowing our culinary talent to freely express their art and play with some of California’s freshest ingredients. Enjoy a glass of wine from our large by the glass selection and taste some of LA’s finest ingredients in our new patio concept.

PLATE 38 2361 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-7100 plate38.com

The name may say Margaritas, but this is a full-service Mexican restaurant. Tortillas are made by hand daily, and the weekday Pronto Buffet Brunch allows you to quickly and inexpensively eat to your heart’s content. Kids eat free Mondays and, yes, the margaritas are to die for. Also open for Sunday brunch.

Plate 38 is comfort food with a twist! A few of our mouthwatering entrees include brioche French toast, slow-roasted baby back ribs and a smoked mozzarella burger. Eat a quiet breakfast out on the patio or come for dinner and drinks while listening to live music! We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturdays. Serving Peet’s Coffee and fresh pastries made daily.

MI PIACE 25 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-3131 mipiace.com

PRESIDENT THAI 498 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena (626) 578-9814 president-thai.com

This Italian restaurant has been a consistent winner with our readers for years. Set in the heart of Old Pasadena, Mi Piace (Italian for “I like it”) is famous for Italian dishes with American flair. The seafood linguini with clams and mussels in an authentic broth makes any Italian food lover’s taste buds go wild, but try the pizza and ravioli too. They also make great shaken martinis!

Imagine an exotic trip to beautiful Thailand; looking at beautiful beaches, gazing through ancient temples and immersing yourself in the local culture. Going to President Thai Restaurant is the closest to being there. The restaurant recently moved to its newly designed original Thai architecture location in Pasadena and serves authentic cuisine, prepared with the freshest ingredients and spices, all served in a great atmosphere decorated with ornate Thai art. Come and enjoy an experience you’ll never forget.

MY VEGAN 633 S. Arroyo Parkway # 3, Pasadena (626) 578-9017 my-vegan.com My Vegan Restaurant, the first vegan restaurant in Pasadena area. For those who are looking for new, fresh and healthy food, try ours at the restaurant or have your orders delivered. We offer variety of dishes including orange chicken, pad Thai, curries, burgers, kung pow chicken, pancakes, papaya salads and much more! Our great food and friendly service will make you want to come back for more.

NEW MOON 2138 Verdugo Blvd., Montrose (818) 249-4393 newmoonresaurant.com New Moon is the solution to boredom with everyday Chinese food. Our recipes have been perfected by three generations of chefs, and the family is still working on new classics. Nestled in quaint Montrose, New Moon will change your concept of the Chinese cuisine experience. All of the recipes use the freshest ingredients available and all dishes are served in an atmosphere of casual sophistication.

NUMERO UNO PIZZA PASTA & MORE 3562 E. Foothill Blvd. Pasadena (626) 577-1723 numerounopizzapasadena.com One bit and we gotcha! From house- specialty pizzas to veggie delight, all you can say is “delizioso” with every bite of our mouthwatering treats. Tease your palate with irresistible pastas and salads, garnish pizza with your favorite toppings, and enjoy a variety of side dishes. We also offer a wide selection of beer and wine. Catering is available.

PASTRIES BY NANCY 761 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena (626) 794-9839 pastriesbynancy.com Let our professional wedding cake bakery take care of your wedding needs. We have been towering wedding cakes for over 20 years and specialize in baking fresh and quality wedding cakes with simple and elegant designs. We provide quality services for 13 prestigious country clubs and hotel, in Altadena, Pasadena and Los Angeles. We offer complimentary cake tasting and consultation with experienced wedding cake professionals seven days a week and work closely with the bride to create custom designs.

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RADHIKA 962 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 799-2200 radhikarestaurant.com Radhika Modern Indian Bistro, formerly Radhika’s in Pasadena, is now in South Pasadena. Radhika adds fresh twists to Northern India traditional favorites, offering delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Adjacent to Radhika’s is Radha Room, with its enticing décor. This lively wine lounge, which features an exotic menu with an attitude, also has live entertainment and Bollywood music.

ROXOLANA RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR 34 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 792-0440 roxolanarestaurant.com Roxalana is buzzing with diners interested in more than an ordinary meal. Named for the legendary Ukrainian woman who fired European imaginations with her meteoric 16th-century rise from harem slave to Ottoman Sultan Suleiman's influential wife and trusted adviser, Roxalana Restaurant and Wine Bar will delight and surprise first-time patrons, then beckon them back for more.

ROY’S HAWAIIAN FUSION CUISINE 621 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena (626) 356-4066 roysrestaurant.com At Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, each menu creation is a fusion of flavors found in our freshest local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices and served with the spirit of Aloha, creating a dining experience that leaves you feeling like you’ve found paradise. Join us for our $5 Aloha Hour, our $35.95 three-course prix fixe or enjoy any of the innovative dishes created each night by Chef Chris George.

SCARLET TEA ROOM & FINE DINING 18 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 577-0051 scarlettearoom.com The new Scarlet Tea Room & Fine Dining is sure to evoke romance between couples and laughter between friends, creating memories for a lifetime. The extraordinary ambiance —CONTINUED ON PAGE 36


2010 BEST OF PASADENA DINING RECAP BEST RESTAURANT KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT 3589 E. FOOTHILL BLVD., PASADENA (626) 351-8963 88 W. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 568-9310 KABUKIRESTAURANTS.COM

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH MARSTON’S RESTAURANT 151 E. WALNUT ST., PASADENA (626) 796-2459 MARSTONSRESTAURANT.COM

BEST CALIFORNIA CUISINE GREEN STREET RESTAURANT 146 S. SHOPPER’S LANE, PASADENA (626) 577-7170 GREENSTREETRESTAURANT.COM

BEST INDIAN FOOD ALL INDIA CAFE 39 S. FAIR OAKS AVE., PASADENA (626) 440-0309 ALLINDIACAFE.COM

BEST SEAFOOD CAMERON’S SEAFOOD 1978 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 793-3474 CAMERONS4FISH.COM

BEST NEW RESTAURANT BONNIE B’S SMOKIN’ BBQ HEAVEN 1280 N. LAKE AVE., PASADENA (626) 794-0132 BONNIEBSSMOKIN.COM

BEST TAKE OUT IN-N-OUT BURGER 2114 E. FOOTHILL BLVD., PASADENA 119 S. BRAND BLVD., GLENDALE 310 W. HARVEY DRIVE, GLENDALE (800) 786-1000 IN-N-OUT.COM

BEST CARIBBEAN FOOD KINGSTON CAFE 333 S. FAIR OAKS AVE., PASADENA (626) 405-8080 KINGSTONCAFE.COM

BEST ITALIAN FOOD IL FORNAIO 24 W. UNION ST., PASADENA (626) 683-9797 ILFORNAIO.COM

BEST SOUL FOOD BIG MAMA’S RIB SHACK 1453 N. LAKE AVE., PASADENA (626) 797-1792

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH SMITTY’S GRILL 110 S. LAKE AVE., PASADENA (626) 792-9999 SMITTYSGRILL.COM

BEST ARMENIAN FOOD ZANKOU CHICKEN 1296 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 405-1502 ZANKOUCHICKEN.COM

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BEST JAPANESE/SUSHI KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT 3589 E. FOOTHILL BLVD., PASADENA (626) 351-8963 88 W. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 568-9310 KABUKIRESTAURANTS.COM

BEST CHEAP EATS IN-N-OUT BURGER 2114 E. FOOTHILL BLVD., PASADENA 119 S. BRAND BLVD., GLENDALE 310 W. HARVEY DRIVE, GLENDALE (800) 786-1000 IN-N-OUT.COM

BEST BAKERY EURO PANE 950 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 577-1828

BEST OUTDOOR DINING CAFE SANTORINI 64 W. UNION ST., PASADENA (626) 564-4200 CAFESANTORINI.COM BEST RESTAURANT STAFF BONNIE B’S SMOKIN’ BBQ HEAVEN 1280 N. LAKE AVE., PASADENA (626) 794-0132 BONNIEBSSMOKIN.COM BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT 3589 E. FOOTHILL BLVD., PASADENA (626) 351-8963 88 W. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 568-9310 KABUKIRESTAURANTS.COM BEST SPECIAL OCCASION DINING PARKWAY GRILL 510 S. ARROYO PARKWAY, PASADENA (696) 795-1001 THEPARKWAYGRILL.COM BEST LATE-NIGHT SNACK LUCKY BOY 640 S. ARROYO PARKWAY, PASADENA (626) 793-0120 LUCKYBOYBURGERS.COM

BEST BARBECUE ROBIN’S WOODFIRE BBQ & GRILL 365 N. ROSEMEAD BLVD., PASADENA (626) 351-2089 ROBINSBBQ.COM

BEST DELI/SANDWICHES LOVEBIRDS CAFÉ AND BAKERY 921 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 583-8888 LOVEBIRDSCAFE.COM BEST DESSERT POP CHAMPAGNE & DESSERT BAR 33 E. UNION ST., PASADENA (626) 795-1295 POPCHAMPAGNEBAR.COM

BEST BREAKFAST MARSTON’S 151 E. WALNUT ST., PASADENA (626) 796-2459 MARSTONSRESTAURANT.COM

BEST FRENCH FOOD BISTRO DE LA GARE 921 MERIDIAN AVE., SOUTH PASADENA (626) 799-8828 BISTRODELAGARE.COM

BEST BUFFET SOUPLANTATION 201. S. LAKE AVE., PASADENA (626) 577-4798 SOUPLANTATION.COM

BEST HEALTH FOOD (TIE) OREAN’S THE HEALTH EXPRESS 817 N. LAKE BLVD., PASADENA (626) 794-0861| OREANSHEALTHEXPRESS.COM

BEST BURGER IN-N-OUT 2114 E. FOOTHILL BLVD., PASADENA 119 S. BRAND BLVD., GLENDALE 310 W. HARVEY DRIVE, GLENDALE (800) 786-1000 IN-N-OUT.COM

GRASS ROOTS 1119 FAIR OAKS AVE., PASADENA (626) 799-0156 GRASSROOTSNATURALMARKET.NET

BEST BURRITO BURRITO EXPRESS 1597 E. WASHINGTON BLVD., PASADENA (626) 798-0844 BURRITOEXPRESSPASADENA.COM

BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT/GELATO CHERRY ON TOP 1299 E. GREEN ST., PASADENA (626) 440-1299 CHERRYONTOP.NET BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE HOUSE JONES COFFEE ROASTERS 693 S. RAYMOND AVE., PASADENA (626) 564-9291 THEBESTCOFFEE.COM

BEST JUICE BAR JAMBA JUICE 64 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 666-1500 204 S. LAKE AVE., PASADENA JAMBAJUICE.COM BEST LOCAL BREWERY CRAFTSMAN BREWERY 1260 LINCOLN AVE., UNIT 100, PASADENA (626) 296-2537 CRAFTSMANBREWING.COM

BEST SOUTH AMERICAN FOOD MALBEC NEW ARGENTINIAN CUISINE 1001 E. GREEN ST., PASADENA (626) 683-0550 MALBECCUISINE.COM BEST SPANISH FOOD BAR CELONA 46 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 405-1000 BARCELONAPASADENA.COM BEST STEAKHOUSE ARROYO CHOP HOUSE 536 S. ARROYO PARKWAY, PASADENA (626) 577-1089 ARROYOCHOPHOUSE.COM BEST TEA HOUSE CHADO TEA ROOM 79 N. RAYMOND AVE., PASADENA (626) 431-2832 CHADOTEA.COM

BEST MEDITERRANEAN FOOD CAFE SANTORINI 64 W. UNION ST., PASADENA (626) 564-4200 CAFESANTORINI.COM

BEST THAI FOOD SALADANG 363 S. FAIR OAKS AVE, PASADENA (626) 793-8123

BEST MEXICAN FOOD EL PORTAL 695 E. GREEN ST., PASADENA (626) 795-8553 ELPORTALRESTAURANT.COM

BEST VEGETARIAN FOOD (TIE) OREAN’S THE HEALTH EXPRESS 817 N. LAKE BLVD., PASADENA (626) 794-0861 OREANSHEALTHEXPRESS.COM

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD PITA! PITA! 927 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 356-0106 CITYCENT.COM/PITAPITA

MYVEGAN 633 S. ARROYO PARKWAY, SUITE 3, PASADENA (626) 578-9017 MY-VEGAN.COM

BEST PIZZA AVANTI CAFE 111 N. LAKE AVE., PASADENA (626) 577-4688 AVANTICAFE.COM

BEST VIETNAMESE FOOD SAIGON NOODLE RESTAURANT 28 N. RAYMOND AVE., PASADENA (662) 796-9378

CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST YEAR’S WINNERS.

VOTING FOR THE 2011 BEST OF PASADENA BEGINS AUGUST 4. THIS YEAR’S WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE OCTOBER 13 BEST OF PASADENA SPECIAL ISSUE. DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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SPOON 5112 Townsend Ave., Eagle Rock (323) 258-2840 spooncoffee.com Located between Cardio Barre and The Loft, SPOON was created to provide healthy snacks and great coffee. We offer locally roasted Jones coffee and espresso. Enjoy pure, antioxidant rich ACAI sorbet or protein/fruit smoothies with almond, coconut, soy or moo milk. For a sweet treat, enjoy frozen yogurt with a variety of toppings, or for a hearty breakfast try Umpqua oats. We have a delicious assortment of locally made Auntie Em’s cupcakes, sandwiches, salads and sides. Everyone will find something healthy and delicious at SPOON.

SUGAR FIX 63 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. (626) 396-9402 sugarfixdesserts.com Sugar Fix is not just a cupcakery; we're a bakery! Believing that man's sweet tooth cannot survive on cupcakes alone, our family-owned bakery offers cookies, brownies, muffins, scones, teacakes, and pastries, all baked from scratch, as well as delicious cupcakes. Nothing leaves our kitchen that we ourselves would refuse to eat.

SUSHI ROKU 33 Miller Alley at One Colorado, Pasadena (626) 683-3000 sushiroku.com Sushi Roku’s new menu highlights the innovative, globally inspired Japanese cuisine that has made it an LA fixture. Experience our Sushi Roku 2.0 Signatures, or sample our specialty cocktails, extensive wine, sake, and Japanese beer collection. Stop by Sundays through Tuesdays for our re-imagined All Night Happy Hour or visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday for Sushi Roku 2.0 Signatures.

THE KITCHEN ITALIAN CAFÉ AND PIZZERIA 78 W. Union St., Pasadena (626) 796-9802 thekitchenitaliancafe.com The Kitchen Italian Café and Pizzeria is one of Old Pasadena’s hidden gems, well known by businesspeople and pizza lovers alike. Inside the rustic brick building you’ll find New York, Sicilian and Chicago-style pizzas, all made with fresh ingredients and available by the slice, half pan or full pan. Homemade soups, pastas and calzones can be savored for lunch or dinner.

THE COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena (626) 794-2424 coffeegallery.com The Coffee Gallery Backstage is a 49-seat showroom connected to a coffee house called The Coffee Gallery. The Backstage portion hosts live entertainment suitable for all ages with a fine sound system, good lights, comfortable seating and killer atmosphere. Reservations are strongly recommended. The Coffee Gallery has a great selection of coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, desserts and snacks.

THE PATIO 21 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia (626) 447-2846 patiocuisine.com The Patio features home-style Mediterranean cuisine, a hookah outdoor patio, live entertainment, a banquet hall and a full bar. We also do catering for special events and holidays. The Patio offers a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere, as well as great food, excellent customer service and a friendly staff. Have a glass of wine or your favorite drink at the bar before or after your meal. Or enjoy our top-level patio for a spectacular view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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THE STUFFED SANDWICH 1145 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel (626) 285-9161 stuffedsandwich.com Sam and Marlene Samaniego have operated The Stuffed Sandwich since 1976, and since the beginning diners have flocked in for lunch and dinner. Whether it’s one of their signature sandwiches, salads, soups, spaghetti or barbecue, a meal here is bound to leave you smiling. But The Stuffed Sandwich has also gained a reputation as a beer-lovers’ paradise, serving over 700 bottled beers from more than 40 countries, including more than 150 different Belgium ales and over 150 beers from American micro-breweries. They also have nine beers on draft with a different theme every month.

TONY’S PIZZA 2555 Huntington Drive, San Marino (626) 793-4114 tonyspizzasanmarino.com Tony’s Pizza has been serving up a true New York-style pie since 1973. Using the freshest ingredients possible and old family recipes has kept this place thriving all these years. Being familyowned and -operated ensures everything stays authentic. Come down and taste the tradition.

TOPS ON WALNUT 1792 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 584-0244 topsburger.com You can’t leave here hungry. Not with 14 burgers, 13 Mexican dishes, 17 sandwiches, three types of hot dogs, seven salads and 12 types of breakfasts on the menu — all at great value prices. Charbroiled chicken plates, rib-eye steak plates, fish and chips and chicken strips add hearty heft at dinner for those hungry for just a little bit more. Nothing is pre-cooked. The portions of fresh onion rings and fries, sweet potato fries and zucchini are legendary, as are the best pastrami sandwiches in town.

TUTTI GELATI 62 W. Union St., Pasadena (626) 440-9800 tuttigelati.com Visit Tutti Gelati and enjoy a large selection of gelato and sorbet made fresh daily. Ask about our wholesale programs and gelato cart party ideas!

VILLA SORRISO ITALIAN, SEAFOOD, STEAKS 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-2233 sorrisopasadena.com Located at the western gateway to Old Pasadena, this luxurious Mediterranean gem boasts romantic outdoor cabanas, a crackling fire pit and a lushly landscaped courtyard complete with cascading fountain. The Martini Bar and Lounge is a favorite late-night hangout. In addition to a menu of classic Italian favorites, fresh seafood, steaks and chops, the evening passes into to night at the Villa with live music, dancing, deejays and a wonderful late menu. Private dining rooms are available.

ZELO PIZZERIA 328 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia (626) 358-8298 It’s the cornmeal crust that makes this pizzeria stand out from the rest. Zelo Pizzeria in Arcadia is a truly unique place to fill your pizza craving. This locally owned establishment’s signature dish is the fresh corn, balsamic-marinated, oven-roasted red onion pie. Don’t be intimidated and don’t make substitutions! This dish is truly unique and a worthy competitor for the area’s best pizza.

ZUGO’S CAFÉ 74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 836-5700 zugoscafe.com Owners, Chez and Sherry Grossi have built their menus and food preparation using Chez's mother Palmira's ethos: fresh, quality ingredients prepared from scratch. All entrees are served with a side salad and fresh bread, which is baked throughout the day. Their wine list is extensive and features award-winning wines from around the world. While dining at Zugos you feel like you’re in a café in Italy. ■


BY DAN O’HERON | PHOTOS BY BETTINA MONIQUE CHAVEZ

LAST LICKS A HAND-PICKED MEAL FOR THE VERY END OF THE LINE

LET’S SAY THAT THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MOVING MOMENTS — I’M ON DEATH ROW. THEY’RE GOING TO RETIRE MY NUMBER. THE WARDEN, LOOKING DIRECTLY AT MY FOOT, SAYS, “DAN, IT’S THAT TIME. YOU CAN HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO EAT AND ALL YOU WANT.” I TURN TO THE CHAPLAIN NEARBY AND SAY,“BUT THAT’S GLUTTONY, FATHER, A DEADLY SIN. WILL I HAVE TO GO TO CONFESSION AGAIN?” “NO ONE WILL KNOW, MY SON.” “GOD WILL,” I SAY. “NOT IF WE DON’T TELL HIM,” SAYS THE PRIEST, FLIPPING OPEN AN ORDER PAD.

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Apple pie à la mode from Pie ‘N Burger DINING GUIDE 2011 PASADENA WEEKLY

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Green Street Restaurant’s “Dianne” salad, Julienne’s gazpacho, Kabuki’s Sashimi omakase and Wokcano’s honey walnut shrimp

SALAD Since I don’t have to haggle over the price, there will be no simple dinner salad. I decide on the “Dianne” salad from Green Street Restaurant, 140 Shoppers Lane, Pasadena, (626) 577-7170. What a way to start: poached chunks of chicken in a filigree of glassy noodles, served on a bed of crunchy iceberg lettuce with toasted almond slivers and sesame seeds. The recipe for the sweet and tangy dressing is so secret that no one person in the kitchen knows the whole formula. I know it, but where I’m at, we don’t sing. SOUP By ordering a cold fruity soup at Julienne, 2649 Mission St., San Marino, (626) 4412290, I might recall the sunshine of my happy days as a juvenile delinquent, when the stickysweet juices of stolen peaches dribbled down my chin. But I’m hungry, so I order gazpacho instead. Not pureed to a piddling, as some restaurants do it, Julienne’s gazpacho is more rough-edged with chunks of celery and cucumber, diced fresh tomatoes and spikes of Tabasco, cilantro salt and pepper. Adding creaminess to the crunch, an avocado floats atop pure tomato juice. Forget that the soup looks like an accident took place in an aquarium — there’s nothing better in a bowl. ENTREE You’d think that by nature this all-American criminal would crave a porterhouse, one that is slab thick with marble peeking through a charred crust covering a juicy pink interior. But in my last days on the outside, I discovered wine and food pairing rituals more inviting than a simple bull-necked steak. For the taste I crave, there’s not a more addictive combo than the sake (rice wine) and sashimi as served at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, 88 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 568-9310. Similar to classic wine tasting, I remember swirling mediumbodied “mizabacho” sake in the glass, sniffing its bouquet before tonguing a small sip around in my mouth. This exercise cleansed

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my palate of all previous flavors. Then, before the first real swallow, I’d inhale through a sake-soaked mouth (think, whistling backwards) before breathing the lung-warmed fumes out of my nose. Ouch! Aaah, the pain was worth it. Clearly, when ideal reciprocal flavors like these at Kabuki are brought together, the two combine for a gastronomical treat more delicious than either alone could provide. It helps that half of the treat is big and beautiful. Generously portioned, dewily glistening sashimi morsels of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and halibut — on a bed of sparkling ice — are petaled with edible purple orchids. Garnishes include a delicate cup made out of cucumber, filled with gleaming green wasabi stems and clumps of white ginger. Being forced to destroy such a beautiful setting with chopsticks borders on vandalism. But now that I think of it, I guess I’ve been good at that, among other crimes of passion. DESSERT Longing for an aroma as delightful as my grandma’s hot bread or clean laundry, my thoughts turn to apple pie à la mode from Pie ‘N Burger, 913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 795-1123. Here, tart and crisp Granny Smith fresh apples are delivered daily, peeled and cored. Popping out of the oven, enclosed in a flaky golden crust, this pie is one thing that transforms earth into a sort of heaven. I only hope that transformation is possible for me here and now. 11th-HOUR REPRIEVE Wait! I’m allowed a late-night snack? Well, then I choose the honey walnut shrimp dinner from Wokcano, 33 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, (626) 578-1818. It is remembered that in good old Pasadena, this restaurant served complete dinners at the latest possible hour. However, sadly, it gets me to thinking about how my mom used to give me milk and cookies before I’d go to sleep. Now I am ready for the big sleep. Sayonara, dear readers ... ■


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HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS Live Entertainment & Dancing 3 dining areas Private Banquet Rooms Catering for all occasions TV’s for watching all the games

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21 E. Huntington Dr. Arcadia 626-447-2846 www.patiocuisine.com

5769 N. Huntington Dr. Nearest Cross Street: Alhambra Rd. (323) 223-3871 CharliesTrio.com

47 W. Main Street Alhambra, CA (626) 284-4943 CharliesTrioCafe.com

t. 626.282.2038 38degreesalhambra.com

EDEN GARDEN BAR & GRILL NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH • OPEN 11-3 MONDAY TO FRIDAY NEW OWNERSHIP/ MANAGEMENT • CATERING AND BANQUET HAPPY HOUR 5-7 MONDAY- FRIDAY •1/2 OFF DRINKS & APPETIZERS

175 E. Holly St. Pasadena www.edengardenbarandgrill.com | 626-440-1421

100 W. Main St. Alhambra, CA 91801 HAPPY HOUR Monday - Friday 3PM - 7PM: $2 off starters, craft beers on draught, signature drinks, house wines; $3 well drinks No coupons or special offers apply during happy hour. Reservations Sun. - Thurs. No Reservations Fr. & Sat. Evenings

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