Pasadena has its fair share of solid restaurants, but a recent seamless meal at Malbec made the Argentine place positively shine for Chowhound Will Owen. The house-made pastas and grilled meats are generally good, but what really stood out was the entraña al chimichurri (pictured), skirt steak paired with vegetables and chimichurri. The meat: "buttery rich and exactly chewy enough." Will Owen also liked a dessert of dulce de leche crêpes, topped with bananas, berries, and good vanilla ice cream. The polite, flawlessly efficient service was as good as the food.
1001 E. Green Street, Pasadena
Photo of skirt steak from Malbec / Facebook