After working up an appetite at a Rose Bowl game or perusing this area’s infamous flea market, take your pick from Pasadena’s best restaurants when you’re in need of somewhere delicious to eat.
The Parkway Grill oozes Southern California style by providing natural, fresh, and local food sourced directly from their on site organic herb and vegetable garden. Classy dishes like the Lamb Bolognese Cavatelli (featuring sundried tomato mint gremolata and mushrooms) and the Roasted Beet Salad (featuring goat cheese wontons and cream along with their freshly picked field greens) fill the air with vibrant and alluring scents. In tandem with the food, Parkway Grill is widely praised for its chic interior that features live piano music, hanging lanterns and brick walls.
Dog Haus – Old Pasadena Biergarten is famous for its unique hot dogs like the Sooo Cali (featuring tomatoes, onion, arugula, spicy basil aioli and avocado) and the Grand Slam (a breakfast dog adorned with eggs and tater tots). One thing’s for sure — this isn’t your everyday hot dog.
Houston’s is a successful restaurant chain that consistently rates highly with diners looking for tried and true American cuisine. This place is renowned for its steak and seafood, with top-notch filets and tasty fish dishes like the Flying Tuna Platter (seared ahi, avocado and greens all topped with a mango and honey lime vinaigrette) and creative sushi options like the Coconut Shrimp Rolls. With an interior featuring comfortable booths and elegant pine cone lanterns, Houston’s sets the stage for a celebration.
For Italian cuisine SoCal style, visit Union, which combines these two cuisines using food from local farms to add fresh flavors. Their menu changes based on what’s in season, so it’s best to check online ahead of time to see exactly what’s available. However, diners can always expect an inventive and rich selection, like Squid Ink Garganelli with lobster, lemon, truffle butter and fennel or tantalizing Halibut from the Channel Islands served alongside maitake mushrooms, orzo and sunchokes. Be sure to make a reservation — this place is as popular as it is delicious.
Deluxe Cafe & Lounge
Deluxe Cafe & Lounge is dedicated to preparing fresh Mediterranean food from scratch. The aromatic barbecue pit roasts succulent eggplant for the Baba Ghanoush, while the taste of freshly made hummus warms your palate for the assortments of Kebabs, Falafel and Boreg to come.
La Grande Orange Cafe
If you’re looking for delicious food in a beautiful city, La Grande Orange Cafe is the place for you. While at first some might be sceptical of a restaurant located at a train station, the food will change your mind. Scrumptious brunch options include Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes featuring creme fraiche made from local farmer’s market fruit and their delicious Crab Cake Benedict which includes lump crab, hollandaise sauce and spinach atop a toasty English muffin. Come for dinner and try the Short Rib Taco Platter with freshly made corn tortillas or the Rotisserie Chicken straight from the hardwood rotisserie on site served with cannellini beans and vegetables.
The Raymond Restaurant
Visit The Raymond Restaurant for a refined and cozy dining experience, featuring classy French American cuisine inside a beautiful cottage. While the inside is quaint, the patio seating is always comfortable, and you can bring your four-legged friends. Brunch includes a variety of griddle favorites such as the sweet Pineapple French Toast on Vanilla Brioche or the Savory Herb Cakes with ham, mushrooms, a poached egg and cheddar on top of pancakes. Dinner options include Roasted Jidori Chicken coupled with garlic-potato puree, chasseur farce and haricot vert as well as the Columbia River Salmon with white asparagus, lentils du puy, water chestnuts and palm hearts.
Pie N’ Burger
If it’s a classic diner feel you’re craving, swing by Pie N’ Burger. An old school menu is planted firmly on the wall, offering classic and simple burgers with homemade thousand island, lettuce and pickles along with other comfort foods like chicken pot pies and quiche. Don’t forget to save room for their selection of pies, ranging from classics like Apple and Lemon Meringue to Boysenberry and Rhubarb.
This small cafe serves delicious sandwiches with a slight Korean flair. The Turkey and Avocado ranks as one of the most popular sandwiches, with eggs, lettuce, and cranberries but don’t discount the Roast Beef with Kimchi, which is representative of the unique flavors you’ll find at this sandwich shop. As the name suggests, the decor is studious, giving the cafe a cozy ambiance to accompany a comforting sandwich.
Old Sasoon Bakery
Behind an unassuming title lies a menu of delicious and spectacular Armenian food at Old Sasoon Bakery. More bakery than restaurant, they have an ample assortment of baked goods, including the famous Mediterranean dessert Baklava. If you’re in for lunch, go for the Lahmajoon (also known as Armenian pizza), which includes parsley, tomatoes, onion, beef and garlic.
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