Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everytime we pass by, there are people waiting out front for a table. Especially, at breakfast time. On the weekends, breakfast is served all day long! The prices are reasonable for the food you are served. Not a fancy place, aluminum tables and metal chairs (outside).
Favorite Dish: I ordered a special not on the menu, a barbecue pork salad. Plenty of food, the barbecue pork I thought would be shredded was actually cubed over romaine lettuce with avocado and tomato. The boyfriend ordered a tri tip sandwich that I was able to get a bite of - yummy! Came back and had breakfast. Delish! My boyfriend had the Denver omelet and I had the fantastic French toast! Good stuff!
I was going to take Grandma to the Scarlet Tea Room in Pasadena but when I found out that the Huntington Gardens had it's own tea room, I decided to go there instead to make it easier. I made the reservation when I arrived at the Huntington on Tuesday morning at the information desk, it was busy but not full when we sat down to have tea. They recommend reservations at least two weeks in advance.
I don't believe you can eat here unless you pay the admission for the Huntington Gardens, currently $15. Afternoon tea without champagne was $19.95 per person.
Favorite Dish: The server brings you tea, there was a choice of just a few including Earl Grey and a special fruit tea. The sandwiches, pastries, fruit and cheeses are self serve, as much as you want which actually might be a little better than the prearranged trays as you can pass over items that you don't care for or have a second helping of something that is particularly good.
My dad didn't want to join us for tea but he sat with us and had a beer and that was fine with the staff.
Walking into this beautifully decorated Mexican restaurant right on the main stretch of Old Town, I had high hopes of getting a good Mexican meal but I have to say that I was very disappointed in the food.
The reviews on this place are mixed, people seem to either love it or hate it, perhaps the kitchen is a bit inconsistent? Or maybe because we were there at an odd time, late Sunday afternoon, the best kitchen staff is not working then.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the crab enchiladas and had to ask the waiter if he brought me the right dish because it didn't seem to contain any crab. It was covered in a very strong red sauce, so strong that I couldn't finish the meager portion they brought. I probably should have sent it back.
This is a small restaurant located in South Pasadena. It's actually a tented restaurant, quaint, not fancy, very comfortable and friendly. Our first visit was quite enjoyable. My boyfriend had the New York Strip that was cooked perfectly (that hardly happens). I wanted to order the Duck but they didn't have it that evening. Instead, I enjoyed the Veal Osso Bucco prepared a little differently that I usually have it with the vegetables, instead with a wine reduction. Still delicious. Our second visit, My boyfriend had the Lamb Shank, very tender, served with a very tasty glob of a mint concoction. This time the duck was available. Prepared with paprika and served with red cabbage, spatzle and celery root. It was delicious and sooo much food! I would highly recommend the restaurant as a wonderful culinary experience!
Located in Old Town Pasadena, the food is prepared with a little twist from the traditional Chinese cuisine. The fish in black bean sauce with mushrooms was really tasty. We also ordered the spicy crispy beef and though it had good flavor, it was hard to distinguish that we were eating any beef because it was so crispy. As in most Chinese restaurants, dishes are prepared to be shared. If you order three items and steamed rice, dinner could easily cost over US$50 without beverage/drink. There are a few other Chinese restaurants in the area with more traditional style of cooking. I think I would opt to eat at one of those instead when I want Chinese.
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's located in a quaint area of South Pasadena at Mission and Meridian. The waiters actually speak French when communicating with one another. Menus items are basic. Quiche, salads, Escargot and burgers, paninis, etc. Dinner menu has some traditional dishes such as steak poivre. I ordered the special of the evening, seared scallops with mushroom risotto. Very tasty!
Favorite Dish: I ordered the Panino Vegetarian. Zucchini, eggplant, tomato, onion and mushrooms on panini bread and grilled. Side dish choices were salad, caesar salad or French fries. It was very good and very hot (temperature)!
Nothing special from the outside. But walk inside and the dining room has an upscale, calm, romantic feel. The menu is limited but everything on it sounds wonderful. I'm told by a few people the catfish is what they are famous for and that you should order the 3 lb. catfish because the smaller portion tends to be dry. You can take home what you don't eat. But I opted for the maine lobster and scallops dish which was really, really good. My boyfriend ordered the special for the night which was tempura battered halibut on a tomato puree sauce. He really enjoyed his meal, too! This was a great find and we plan to come back to this restaurant very soon!
Located on Lake Avenue almost to the corner of California. It's a tiny place but worth stopping in at. Not in the busy Old Town area of Pasadena but still in a great part of town. The food is reasonable, fresh and tasty!
My boyfriend ordered a Spicy Tuna bowl which looked great if you like spicy tuna. I was particularly hungry and ordered some halibut and salmon sushi along with a shrimp tempura handroll. Just enough to quench my appetite and I wasn't stuffed.
This restaurant was listed in Sunset Magazines top 10 barbecue places in the West that include Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and California. So, we had a try. It was pretty good but not awesome. Perhaps we are not really big bbq connoisseurs. I had the 1/2 rack of baby back ribs with sweet potato fries and sauteed greens. My boyfriend ordered the full rack of baby back ribs with creamed corn and cole slaw. It's a lot of food. one of the waiters delivered to our table an order of fried pickles and we were puzzled. Turned out they were for the table next to us. I asked if they were any good and they said it was delightful. I guess one of these days I should try them. I've and the fried green tomatoes before at a different restaurant and found them surprisingly good. As far as the ribs go, I enjoyed them. The meat fell right off the bone.
The Yardhouse is a chain that specializes in having several kinds of beers on tap. The food is pretty good depending on what you order. I enjoy their Ahi Tuna sandwich. Sometimes they forget to but the bacon in their Chop Salad. And, my boyfriend ordered their Fish & Chips one time and the fish wasn't cooked all the way. But that should discourage you from going there. I've had many good meals at the Yardhouse.
This restaurant is just east of the busy Old Town Pasadena and still east of the Paseo Shopping Center on Green Street but also accessible from Colorado Blvd. but not visible from Colorado. The menu is mostly reminiscent of a typical Mexican restaurant except of the dish my boyfriend had, the Conchinita Pibil. Marinated pork slow cooked in banana leaves. It was very tasty. I ordered a combination plate with two carnitas soft tacos with guacamole. It was very gook and filling.
Just when I think I can't find more great restaurants in Pasadena, I read about this one in Los Angeles magazine. They have a great outdoor patio area and inside is nice, too. It's a busy place so be patient. Parking is really difficult, you may have a walk for a bit. I ordered the grill eggplant sandwhich with salad. It was delicious. My boyfriend had the Farmer's scramble. Next time we'll try dinner here.
Similar to Cheesecake Factory, but the atmosphere is loud and more pub-like. Barney's is an old-school American-style pub and restaurant. With lots of activities; e.g. pool and foosball tables. This is also a great place to hang out and watch a football game. They serve good burgers, fish & chips and a wide selection of beers.
Get your ID ready, before ordering any alcoholic beverages!
The restaurant is slight south on Raymond from Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena, right next to the metro station. The menu isn't really big with basic entrees such as burgers, sandwiches, steaks, chicken and fish. The steaks are prepared medium rare but watch out - it's more like rare. I had the white fish of the day, halibut, which was prepared to my liking except for a couple of bones I encountered. The fish did taste fresh and that's always a plus!
We dined outfoors with patio heaters and it was comfortable. Personal wines are welcome for the price of a corkage fee.
The name of the restaurant implies it is a tea house and that it is. But it is also a dining establishment with a full dinner menu. We had dinner on a Friday evening at 6:30pm. We spent about 1 1/2 hours and by the time we left there were still no other customers. My theory is that the restaurant's name deceives the public into believing it is "just" a tea house.
The food was very good. We were slightly disappointed after ordering a smoked salmon tartar appetizer turned out not to be tartar but slices of lox with garnish and toasted baguette slices. It was still good but not what we anticipated. The entrees were quite good. I ordered the beef bourguignon with a burgundy sauce served with mushrooms, onions and potatoes. The meat was cooked to order and it was delicious. My boyfriend ordered the rib eye served with a horseradish cream sauce, spring vegetables and potato au gratin. The potato au gratin was heavenly! Along with dinner we were pleasantly entertained by a pianist who play very well. Kind of a sultry jazz, blues type of music. I have to say I hope this place doesn't go out of business. I enjoyed the having a wonderful dinner without much noise and in a comfortable atmosphere. I would definitely dine here again. Maybe next week!