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Best Pasadena Lunch

Nobody said anything about Pasadena being the best at anything, the whole point of the thread was basically if you have to be in Pasadena for lunch, what are the best places for lunch in the area. What's oxymoronic about that? It's been a friendly, informative thread about lunch in Pasadena, why inject it with Pasadena hate?

That said, I'll take up your challenge. For San Sebastian style tapas: Racion. For gelato: Bulgarini. For Neapolitan pizza: Settebello. Croissants: Europane. I'd even go serious, old school, under $15 lobster rolls: Cousins. All of those are reasonable places open for lunch that in their category would have to be in the discussion for best in LA. But again, nobody is saying Pasadena is the best neighborhood for lunch in all of LA county, the question is simply where are the best lunch spots in Pasadena.

Apr 12, 2014
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Berkeley hounds relocating to LA, where to live/shop/eat?

Man, I miss Al's Bar.

Feb 28, 2014
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4 days in LA/Pasadena

How open to food are your kids? In Pasadena, some options you might want to check out are Malbec, Sushi Ichi, Le Grande Orange Cafe, Luggage Room Pizza, Vertical Wine Bistro. All have websites with menus so you can see if they'd work for your kids.

Dec 29, 2013
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old school Italian -- Eagle Rock, Glendale, etc.?

Like Mr. Taster wrote, I like getting the updates on old threads. I didn't read this seven years ago, but am enjoying it today. Thanks for the updates everyone.

Nov 23, 2013
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Spicy tuna on crispy rice? Why?

Sure, it's not a traditional thing, but I make it at home all the time. When I have left over parts from tuna, mixing it up in thicker chunks with Japanese mayo and sriracha (e.g., spicy tuna) over some crispy rice is delicious.

If you don't like it, obviously don't order it. But lots of people love it. In restaurant, I'm more of a traditionalist because I want good fish, but when dealing with ends at home, love it.

Nov 15, 2013
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LUNCH + PASTA + WESTSIDE = ???

Il Grano has a good lunch special which usually has a pasta course.

Oct 16, 2013
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Italian seafood in LA?

Il Grano has incredible seafood

Oct 09, 2013
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Arts District recommendations?

R23 is good for sushi

Oct 03, 2013
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Fried Ravioli, where to find?

The Draft in Studio City, a sports bar, has them.

Oct 03, 2013
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Where in the hell does a New Yorker find some REAL ITALIAN FOOD?

What neighborhood are you in? And to be clear, you want that New Jersey/New York, red sauce and meatballs kind of Italian-American, not actual (from Italy) Italian, right? I know you're grandparents are from Sicily, but stills seems like you're looking for NY-style, red sauce Italian (as opposed to more northern Italian). If so, yes, you'd hate the swanky joints. My fave, and I'm not from Jersey, is Palermo in Los Feliz. But sounds like you're missing out on the vibe more than anything, and you're probably not going to get that here, best to get it on trips back home.

Oct 01, 2013
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Where do LAPD officers take their lunch break?

Palermo's on Vermont

Sep 28, 2013
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If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

Still head up to SF but go to Coi. Incredible, unlike anything you'll get in LA and fun to get out of town. Then do Zuni for lunch on the way out of town. That's what I would want. Easy, romantic trip out of town, amazing restaurant experience, fun hotel with the wife, then a great lunch on the way out.

Sep 07, 2013
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NY to LA Looking for High-End Chinese

You'll want to skip WP24. Beautiful setting, nice cocktails, but from what you've written, the food is much more Mr. Chow than what you're looking for.

Sep 03, 2013
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Quenelle (Burbank)

Thanks so much for the tip, I'm heading there tomorrow.

Aug 31, 2013
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Dinner for 4 adults somewhere along 10 or 60 freeways between West Covina-ish and Colton/Riverside?

If you like sushi, a good traditional spot is Sushi Koyo in Diamond Bar just off the 57 between the 10 and the 60.

Aug 28, 2013
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Claremont California

Aug 25, 2013
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XLB/ soup dumplings MADE WITHOUT PORK???

The shrimp & green melon at Din Tai Fung is great. They also do a good veggie dumpling, bigger and semi-circle shaped, but delicious.

Aug 24, 2013
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Best Italian in LA?

I agree with a lot of the suggestions here, esp. Angelini, but I'd also add Il Grano, especially if you like high quality seafood.

Aug 20, 2013
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Best taquitos in LA?

If you're ever in the mood for potato ones, the potato flautas at La Cabanita in Glendale (Montrose) are good.

Aug 18, 2013
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NY style eggrolls in L.A.? Not at Genghis Cohen!

Lesson: Stop trying to look for NYC stuff in LA. Just like you can't get native-like KC BBQ, Montreal bagels, Philly Cheesesteaks, or Chicago deep dish outside of those regions (esp. in NYC or LA), looking for regional food from NYC is going to be tough here. It's regional food, so by definition from that region, not universal.

Is it really that surprising? Why should anyone here try to make NYC provincial food? You could try to make fried ravioli here, but someone from St. Louis would complain "THIS ISN'T ST. LOUIS STYLE!"

Why not just appreciate the incredible range of Chinese food that LA has to offer and save the NYC eggrolls for a fun treat when you visit back home? Otherwise, you're just going to be as frustrated and nobody wants that.

Aug 16, 2013
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Blue Plate Oysterette

What's wrong with Tilapia? As long as you get it domestically, what's disgusting about it? It's low in mercury, mild flavor (e.g., good protein for tacos), not endangered, relatively responsibly farmed (domestically).

Aug 13, 2013
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What's Evian spelled backwards again?

I wonder if there are only 20 different water items, how is it a 45-page water menu? Maybe they mean the overall wine list? 20 waters could be listed on a single page.

Aug 10, 2013
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Beer and FOOD in the SGV/IE/NORTH OC area

I second the Back Abbey in Claremont. Really great selection of European (esp. Belgian) beers (lots of good domestics too), serious burgers, moules frites, duck-fat fries, etc.

Also in Claremont a block away is Eureka Burger, which also has a serious selection of beers on tap and good food.

Aug 06, 2013
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Need help: quick solo weekday lunch near Burbank Airport or near downtown LA?

Agreed, if I have to get something quick right by the airport, that's the place I go.

Jul 29, 2013
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Need help: quick solo weekday lunch near Burbank Airport or near downtown LA?

If you're taking the 5 to the 110 downtown, not a lot of worthy stuff right off the freeway and you don't want to venture very far off if time is a constraint.

If you can go by Little Tokyo (east side of downtown), the chirashi at Toshi is good. Also lunch at the Spice Table is good and fairly quick. As you move west of there Baco Mercat is good.

I've never eaten there, but a lot of people think Phillipe's is a fun lunch spot, being cheap and quick and LA historical.

And in response to Plukovnik, I love Bottega Louie, but it's not super cheap or super fast. I have a hard time spending less than $25/per and less than an hour in there. But love it. Maybe just different standard on my part.

Jul 29, 2013
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Special Occasion Lunch near.... Pomona?

There's not really a good fine dining lunch spot in the area (that I know of). In Claremont, Walter's and Tutti Mangia are nice spaces, but the food is maybe only decent.

You could drive into Pasadena and do Raicon or Sushi Kimagure. Or as you mentioned, make the 40ish minute drive to DTLA and have lots of great options.

Jul 11, 2013
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Bottega Louie

I really like the place. Have only been for brunch once, but it was very good. As alluded to by other posters, many people hate it because it's loud and busy, but I find that to be part of the fun.

Jul 11, 2013
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Looking for Old School Italian in LA

I like Palermo's in Los Feliz for that kind of old school Italian, it's very much what you're describing.

Jul 10, 2013
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Claud & Co Eatery (Pasadena)

I've been twice and both times were really outstanding. I really enjoy Noir, but food-wise, he's stepping up even more. Another really great addition to Pasadena.

Jun 27, 2013
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Best Indian closest to Glendale?

I like All India Cafe in Pasadena, not too far from Glendale. Also Nepal House which is sort of Indian.

Jun 26, 2013
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