10 Of The Best Eats In Pasadena, California

Sabina Li

Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena is the birthplace of cooking icon Julia Child and a great place to get your grub on. Away from the traditional Asian restaurants of the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena offers a unique, eclectic array of good food for every meal or occasion. We list some of the best choices here.

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1. La Grande Orange Café

Cafe, Restaurant, American, French

The best thing to get after sleeping in or browsing through the Rose Bowl Flea Market is brunch. While the wait might not be ideal, one of the best places to get brunch in Pasadena is La Grande Orange Café. You can’t go wrong with anything on their extensive brunch menu, which includes lemon ricotta hotcakes and prime rib French dip. Egg Salad Sandwich from Euro Pane Bakery | © LWYang/Flickr

2. Euro Pane Bakery

Bakery, Cafe, Pastries

As a kid, did you look into your lunchbox with disgust when you saw an egg salad sandwich waiting for you? Well, Euro Pane Bakery’s signature egg salad sandwich, layered with crispy bread, flavorful tomato spread, and the perfect egg salad, is certainly not something to frown over. If egg salad is still not your thing, Euro Pane has a multitude of other sandwiches, salads, and quiches to try.

3. Amara Chocolate & Coffee

Cafe, Restaurant, South American, Venezuelan, Spanish

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Looking to satisfy your chocoholic cravings? Amara Chocolate & Coffee, a Venezuelan café, is the best place to do it. They use high-quality imported Venezuelan chocolate as their canvas for a multitude of amazing eats, including truffles and thick hot chocolate. The restaurant also offers beautiful coffee drinks for the caffeine addict and traditional Venezuelan snacks, such as tekeños and empanadas, for the snacker.

4. Mediterranean Café

Cafe, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek

If you are in a hurry and have a love of Mediterranean food, Mediterranean Café has got you covered. The service is extremely fast and can usually get you in and out of the place in less than ten minutes. The pricing is also another plus; you can definitely get a satisfying meal for under ten dollars. Most of their plates come with your choice of grilled meat and sides of rice, hummus, Greek salad, sauces, and pita bread. Sandwich from the Pasadena Sandwich Company | © Incase/Flickr

El Taquito Mexicano Truck

Satisfy your late night craving with arguably the best tacos in the San Gabriel Valley from the El Taquito Mexicano Truck. Parked in the parking lot of an auto body shop, the taco truck is open until 1 AM to 3 AM depending on the day. They offer everything from carne asada tacos to lengua tacos to chicharron tacos.

El Taquito Mexicano Truck, 510 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA, USA, +1 626 355 9411

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