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Indian in Pasadena Area?

Maybe "elevated" because I haven't seen the dishes that I like to order there on other Indian food restaurants? I love the dhaba lamb (which actually reads more like Italian to me in flavor), prawn madras. The chicken tikka masala IS ubiquitous, but Akbar's seems to have a level of complexity and richness compared to other places I've tried it. Strangely, I don't like their saag paneer. Kind of gritty with spice every time I try it there.

As they say, though, there's no accounting for taste.

I will mention that I've yet to try Radhika. I know their menu is "outside of the box".

Feb 13, 2015
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Indian in Pasadena Area?

I don't care what anybody says....I love the Akbar in Pasadena! I'm sure there's better and/or more authentic places in Artesia, etc., but I've never had better Indian food anywhere. To me, it seems like the Indian food at other places is more or less the same old stuff. Akbar's dishes seem to be slightly elevated compared to other places I've been. Perhaps a little more innovative?

Just my opinion, but I've taken lots of friends there over the years and they've always liked it a lot.

Feb 12, 2015
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

I used Open Table. Is that the problem?

Oct 01, 2014
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

Foolish me! I tried to make a reservation. Now I know not to even try. Every time I've tried for a reservation for two, the only options are weekdays before 6:00 or after 10:00 .....and, even at that, several weeks after the requested day.

I did manage to squeak in just one time. I must say, we loved the food.

Sep 30, 2014
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Italian Dinner-Los Angeles (Decisions?)

Good luck getting a reservation at Bestia!

Sep 30, 2014
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Little Jewel

While we're talking about it.....I was there for lunch today. Got french fries with my Shrimp Po Boy and they were really great. Crispy exterior, creamy interior. Lot's of 'em. Closer to steak fries than regular fries.

I don't usually expect fries to be superlative, but I thought these ones really were.

Sep 18, 2014
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

looking for great pizza like La Barbera's had

May 08, 2014
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Best Fusion Restaurants in and around Pasadena

I think a real good Pasadena asian fusion placed is Zilin.

It's right off Colorado in Old Town on Raymond. It's a new place. In fact, their waitress just told me they're having their formal opening this Friday.

I happened in there a couple weeks ago during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week. I saw the name on the list of the 25 competitors, so I thought I'd give it a try since I office nearby.

The burger I had.....which had Galanga (?) and pork belly on it..... was a special for the burger week. I'd say it was the best burger I've had in a while. It's not on the regular menu...... I hope it will be. It had the Korean-flavor thing going on and at the same time succeeded in just being real good juicy 1/2 lb. burger. The very definition of fusion and it worked great for me that way.There is a another burger on their regular menu which was still very good. Excellent fries with the burgers.

Aside from the burgers, they have a lot of very interesting looking menu items. I'll be back to try those. My son has some sort of dish with Italian rice and barbecued eel which I had a small taste of. Liked it a lot.

Service good. Prices fairly reasonable.....particularly the burger prices.

Jan 23, 2014
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

South Pasadena Pre-theater Dinner

I'll second Gus's. Not super-fancy, but not tacky either. Lots of food choices. Definite B+ on the food in my opinion. Plus I believe you could walk to the theater from there. I would make reservations though. They get pretty busy on a Saturday night.

Nov 15, 2013
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Twin Palms Pasadena? Again??

I was under the impression it had remained open for special events, parties, etc.. I could be wrong.

Aug 24, 2013
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Good place to stop for lunch on Interstate 5 between L.A. and S.F.....other than Harris Ranch?

Heading up to Bay Area tomorrow. Usually stop at Harris Ranch for lunch......which we like a lot, but wondering if there isn't some other great place to try. Particularly near the mid-point of the drive. I know there's interesting Basque food in Bakersfield, but I'm looking for something right off of the Interstate.

Jul 25, 2013
jerry200 in California

Bedford and Burns in BH?

They have a Ferrari dealership in Boyle Heights?! Who knew.

Jul 16, 2013
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Maison Akira Pasadena

I haven't actually eaten there for years, but from what I remember, it was real quiet in there due to all the soft surfaces. Food aside, the ability to have a conversation without straining to hear is a HUGE selling point to many of us. I can't think of another restaurant I've been to that's as quiet. Maybe the Langham?

Mar 22, 2013
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area


Fusion Burger
5933 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Neighborhood: Highland Park

Fusion Burger in Highland Park. I must say, they have the best burger I’ve ever had....and I'm a burger hound! Let me qualify that, though. “Fusion Burger” is an obvious and deliberate copy of “Umami Burger”. Though I’m sure that some would quibble… to me….. they are equivalent burgers. Both incredibly great. For me, the main criteria is the juiciness of the burger. Even ordered “medium” these burgers are exploding with juice and flavor.

So why not just go to Umami Burger and be done with it? Well, here’s what you DON’T have to deal with at Fusion Burger:

1. Parking hassles – It’s my impression that Umami’s locations are in areas that involve pay parking and/or mall parking lots. I only know the Pasadena location….. where that is definitely the case.

2. A 20 minute wait for a table at lunchtime….like at Umami (again, at least that’s true in Pasadena).

3. Getting served “iced tea” with only two small ice cubes……and then a complete refill with no ice at all and the drink is not only not cold, but lukewarm. Served by a young Umami waitress with purple hair who is probably has afternoon classes at PCC and can’t wait to get back to her Iphone.

4. The “Corporate Image” they foist on you……it’s insincere and shallow. (Well, that’s the modern world, I guess.) A “U” stamped on every bun? How much extra did I pay for that accoutrement?

Here’s what you DO get at Fusion Burger:

1.Same great burgers as Umami…..but the prices are a dollar or two less per item. Bit more crunch to the patty itself while the interior is still perfectly juicy. I like that. Plus Fusion is very consistent. I've never had anything there that was better or worse the time before. Always right on.

2. Chili. I haven’t had Umami chili. I don’t know if they even offer it, but I can’t think of better chili i’ve had anywhere. As much as I like Tommy’s chili, this is much more refined chili……more carefully spiced and much meatier.

3. A “non-corporate” experience - It’s a family business and these friendly folks really care about what they’re doing. The pride they take in their operation is obvious. Often, the owner brings your burger to the table. You can see him scrutinizing it right before he sets it down to make sure it’s perfect. I’ve chatted with them on a few occasions. They’re excited about their business. They think that, if they work hard and deliver a good product , they’ll succeed in life. That’s the kind of thing I like to support in this world.

4. Easy access… they’re located in a pretty beat-up looking corner mini- mall that has SOME parking…but there’s lots of unmetered parking around. Not a valet in sight!

Dec 02, 2012
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Dinner in East Pasadena - help!

How about Fu Shing? It used to be well-regarded Chinese food. I don't know if the cognescenti still like it, but the service is good and it's a relatively nice setting (i.e. not a storefront in a mini-mall).

Oct 28, 2012
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area


We're staying in the Pacific Beach area for the next several days. I'm hoping I get some advice from locals as to their favorite places to eat.

Sit down or take out. Fancy to casual. Any meal of the day. Any price range. Any kind of food.

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies on this.

May 11, 2012
jerry200 in San Diego

I'm looking for Indian food in Pasadena - with good service and decent food

I love Akbar over on Fair Oaks in Old Town. I think the food there is something special. A little outside of the norm in terms of the recipes....which isn't to say you'd mistake it for other than Indian food.

Nov 02, 2011
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Chinese delivery in Pasadena

Absolutely second Fortune Chinese. I find the food tasty and well-made.........although it's not that really authentic stuff you get all over the San Gabriel Valley. The delivery process always goes smoothly from the call to order to the guy coming to the door in the time promised.

Fortune Chinese Cuisine
60 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Aug 06, 2011
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Pizza in Pasadena

I second Jack Flash on Nonna's. They're the only non-family member on my home land-line speed dial. It's everything I want in a pizza. Plus friendly delivery.

Nonna Pizzeria
818 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Jun 27, 2011
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Need a recommendation for restaurant somewhere between Tarzana and Sherman Oaks for Friday night

We're looking for a place that's quiet enough for easy conversation for a party of six. One of the party said she would like a place where the menu has some good vegetarian options and not too spicy.

Price wise we're pretty flexible.


Jun 15, 2011
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Corner Pizza in Eagle Rock

Nona's Pizza which sold their operation to what became Mama's Brick Oven ....and then just reopened a couple blocks down the street my favorite pizza anywhere. Mama's ain't bad though.

Apr 26, 2011
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Mission 261


Jan 22, 2011
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Mission 261

Going there Saturday. Any suggestions of what to order or anybody's favorite dishes?

Mission 261 Restaurant
261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Jan 21, 2011
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Where is your Favorite... Salad in LA?

Insalata di Mare (i.e. seafood salad) at Briganti's in South Pasadena.

I can't not order it when I go there. Great dressing, little baby oysters, shrimp, calamari, crisp veggies. That salad, a basket of their bread and a glass of cold white wine is a perfect meal. Real cozy place too.

1423 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Oct 19, 2010
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Total Carnage! Gourmet Burger Battle – 26 Beach vs. Umami vs. Father’s Office vs. Golden State vs. Morton’s vs. Anisette vs. Lucky Devils vs. 25 Degrees vs. 8 oz vs. Rustic Canyon! [Review] w/ Pics!

Re: Pasadena area burgers

Well, to begin with. I stick pretty much around the Pasadena area, so I haven't been to any of the places in the challenge (enjoyable to read about though).

I think it was alluded to in this link that there are different classes of burger. For me, there is the non-gourmet, backyard BBQ sort of burger. For that, I can't imagine how you get better than the cheeseburger at the Oinkster. Ordered medium-rare with sharp cheddar. Better than Pie and Burger in my opinion. I suspect the Bucket in Eagle Rock may be real good too. (I haven't been there since I hear constant reports on this site about the folks there having a bad attitude towards customers.)

The other class, for me, is the gourmet burger. I love the Kobe Beef Bleu Cheese burger at the Parkway Grill in Pasadena. Medium-rare of course. On a brioche bun with great sweet potato fries. I've never seen that mentioned on this site, but, boy, that is some good burger. Talk about beef flavor!

Parkway Grill
510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA

Jun 24, 2010
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

The quest begins...New Year's Eve?

There's a place in Agoura called Rock n' Steak that might have what you're looking for New Year's Eve.

Dec 06, 2009
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Special Chinese dessert...Quest to find

A friend of mine was in Shanghai and enjoyed a particular dessert item that was "the best dessert she ever had". She said that it saddened her to think she would probably never get to have it again.

So I had her write a description. Here it is:

About the dessert...
It was shaped like a Hershey's kiss, except bigger. Maybe the size of dim sum. The outside was orange and made of pumpkin. The inside was dark, and I think it was a bean paste. Sweet.

Anybody know what this is and where to find it?

Sep 29, 2009
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area

Brine vs. Marinade for grilled chicken

The recipe called for 1 cup hot water to mix the sugar and salt......add chicken and 3 cups cold water. The recipe said to brine and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. I did exactly 3 hours.

The recipe said only to pat the chicken dry with paper towels....nothing about rinsing off! That seems like that could be the problem.

After brining, the recipe said to let the chicken rest for 30 minutes. I did that exactly.

Thanks to all for the help!

(Den, thanks for the tip on "Charcutierie". I'll check it out.)

Jun 23, 2009
jerry200 in Home Cooking

Brine vs. Marinade for grilled chicken

I'm somewhat new to cooking, but I've got a fancy new outdoor grill and I'm trying to educate myself.

Last night I grilled chicken breasts that I brined according to a simple recipe I found (1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup salt, 4 lbs of chicken and a lot of water).

The chicken came out great (juicy, tender and succulent) , except we found it to be a bit too salty because of the brine. (I know...."Brine" is synonomous with salt so what did I expect!)

So here are my questions:

1. Is there a way to do brining that is less likely to leave the chicken tasting salty?

2. Would a marinade do as well as brine in making the chicken succulent?

3. Any recipes that anyone would care to recommend?


Jun 23, 2009
jerry200 in Home Cooking

Pie 'n Burger or Oinkster?

I've done extensive research on this least as far as burgers go. I've eaten many burgers at both places. There's no question in my opinion.....Oinkster's burger is hands down the better burger. Not only that, I think it's the best burger I've ever had...anywhere.

Now, I must preface this by all the chowhounders out there saying "What about Mortons, Father's Office, etc.?" Well, obviously it's a personal thing. I have an idealized view of "the perfect burger" and the steakhouse-type burger or bistro-type is not it.

For me personally, t's not all about the quality of the meat, but is as much about the "fixin's" being just right and the whole being more than the sum of it's parts.

Let me tell Oinkster cheddar cheeseburger ordered medium rare, eaten while still hot and dripping juices can be a transcendent experience.

Dec 12, 2008
jerry200 in Los Angeles Area