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Best Pasadena Lunch

Checked out Heidar Baba today. I didn't have a stew. Instead, I ordered an Americanized Classic - the Chicken Kabob. I gotta say, this thing was pretty good. Tender and juicy, with enormous portions and a side of either soup or salad.

Now I know cheap is a relative term, but for me, $17 for lunch (including tip) is hardly cheap and/or studently.

I couldn't help but notice the lack of business this place has. I'm assuming they make their money either during dinner or in the catering world, because as it stands, the place was pretty desloate. Maybe if they offered more affordable plates (i.e. having lunch specials) with smaller portions they could drum up more business, and parlay those customers back for dinner and/or seconds.

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Heidar Baba
1511 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Aug 02, 2010
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Best Pasadena Lunch

I actually got a coupon on Restaurant.com for the Tibet Nepal House but have yet to use it. Looking forward to giving it a try! Any recommendations?

Here's the link if anyone wants to save some $ (enter promo code "plate" for 80% off): http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.a...

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Tibet Nepal House
36 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Jul 26, 2010
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Best Pasadena Lunch

I work over by the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and N. Sierra Madre Blvd., so Gerlach's is a bit of a hike from me. Do you (or anyone else) know of a decent place for grilled fish aside from Cameron's Seafood closer to my neck of the woods?

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Madre's
897 Granite Dr, Pasadena, CA

Jul 26, 2010
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Best Pasadena Lunch

And here I thought the only tempting thing from driving by Luigi Ortega's were the beer specials....

Yea, I like both those Mexican spots. But what's with the salsa Nazis in Pasadena (i.e. Viva Tacos La Estrella )? Why am I being charged more for wanting my food spicey at a Mexican restaurant? That would be like charging me to use napkins (or the bathroom) at Pink's hot dogs!

I know where Sahara is at, but have yet to go. That'll definitely be on my list.

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Luigi Ortega's
1655 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

Viva Tacos La Estrella
2525 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Jul 20, 2010
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Best Pasadena Lunch

Monku, will you be my friend?

Jul 20, 2010
wolanin in Los Angeles Area

Best Pasadena Lunch

Thanks for the list! Funny, on my drives up to Tonny's I've always told myself that I need to come back and check out that Vietnamese place but have yet to do so. I'll look into it (as well as your other recommendations) for sure!

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Tonny's Restaurant
843 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

Jul 20, 2010
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Best Pasadena Lunch

I live in Silverlake but work in Pasadena, and just about every day I go out to lunch. It's not the most economical decision, but a nice meal and time out of the office is well worth it to me. That being said, I was wondering if I could get any new suggestions for some new lunch spots here in Pasadena.

Here are a list of my go-to's so far (in no particular order):

-Lee's Hoagies: Great Jersey-style hoagies, with even better service. I give this place an extra recommendation for the lack of East Coast style delis I come across in LA.

-President Thai: Authentic Thai fare. Very reasonable price. My favorites: BBQ Beef or BBQ Chicken.

-Daisy Mint: Bistro-style Thai fusion. Jonathan Gold recommends the Curry, but I say get the Steak Salad.

-Tonny's Restaurant (on Orange Grove): Very good hole-in-the-wall. The Wet (Pork) Chile Verde Burrito is so good I don't mind that my pants don't fit after I'm done. They've got freshly juiced vegetables too if you want to convince yourself you're eating healthy.

-Gourmet Cobbler Factory: Would love to eat here more than I do, but the lack of a dine-in option defeats the purpose of "going out to lunch" for me.

-Fu Shing Chinese Restaurant: Won Ton Soup for 4 = $8. Come on, that's pretty good.

-Fuji Japanese Restaurant: Lunch specials are competitively priced. Slightly above-average sushi, sashimi, and teriyakis.

-Lebanese Kitchen: Surprisingly good kabobs, tabbouleh, and hummus.

-10th Hole Bar & Grill at Eaton Canyon Golf Course: Small bucket of golf balls + sandwich/burger + soup or fries for $10. Although it's more about the activity than the food itself, I think it's an ideal lunch destination for a stressful work day or lazy Friday.

-El Metate: Everything here is pretty good. My favorite is the Ceviche tostada. I eat a lot, and trust me, you only need two.

-Pita Pita: Average Mediterranean plates, wraps, etc. I usually order whatever the daily special is. Great value, decent food. $6 for a filling wrap and soup.

-Saladang/Saladang Song: A Pasadena staple for Thai food. Great food, but not exactly ideal given the popularity (wait) and distance from my office.

-Lucky Boy: More of a breakfast spot I guess. I couldn't believe the size of the breakfast burrito I ate. Only been here once and I still think I'm full.

-King Taco: Also popular (and okay), although I prefer to eat at this chain after midnight. Lengua definitely tastes better at night.

-Zankou: You know what it is. They're everywhere.

There's more I could list, but nothing really memorable to me so far. Please feel free to add your thoughts, recommendations, and warnings.

Jul 20, 2010
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