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Need recs for Pasadena close to Paseo

I'm taking my very best friend to the spa for an afternoon...she's in the latter stages of her second pregnancy. Would like a great rec close to Paseo...not too expensive, already spending lots at the spa!
Two women, sunday, great lunch....????

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  1. Well, if you want to stay at Paseo and shop and eat, you could go to Camille's Cafe for sandwiches/wraps, Gelson's for hot/cold prepared foods and salads, Yardhouse for huge salads/sandwiches, PF Chang's for Chinese, and the chain Islands.

    If you want to drive, you could steer several blocks west and find numerous places in Old Town.

    I think you may need to be a little more specific as to what kind of food. :-)

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    1. re: chica

      So sorry, you're right....would prefer no chain restaurants.

    2. since one of them is preggers, I guess Bodega Wine Bar (in Paseo) is out of the question ;)

      Yard House is a decent chain but probably not the scene you're going for.

      If you can manage a short drive (since I can't imagine your expectant friend wanting to walk more than a block)--I'd say either Marston's, Green Street Cafe, Crepe Vine, or heck, you can even do an early afternoon tea at Tea Rose Garden (open at 11 or 11:30 I think) or Scarlet Tea Room, both of which offers delicious options that filling enough to be a meal!

      1. My vote's for Delmonico's Seafood Grill in the Paseo complex.

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        1. La Huasteca on Fair Oaks near Colorado Bl is very good for refined Mexican cuisine. They have reasonably priced prix fixe meals (at least for dinner) that include an app, a salad, tasty huitlacoche soup, choice of entree, and dessert

          1. I'd head to Green Street Restaurant www.greenstreetrestaurant.com
            you'll have to drive there, but it's close by. Good sandwiches, big salads (you could easily split a salad between the 2 of you) - and it will be a relaxing enough atmosphere post-spa. Cost wise - if you get 2 non-alcoholic drinks and 2 sandwiches or salads, you are looking at about $20-25

            Parking is kind of a pain, but not impossible - there is a pay parking structure just south of the restaurant -- and the restaurant is a little tricky to find - it's on a street that runs parallel to Lake called Shoppers Lane. If you go east on Cordova, just past Lake Ave, there is a small alley-type street (That's Shoppers Lane), turn left on Shoppers Ln. and then right into the parking structure

            1. the food at green street restaurant is really good but the interior of the restaurant reminds me of a refurbished denny's with a tad better lighting.

              1. How about ethnic as in Afghani food? Try AZEEN'S.


                1. You're only a few blocks from Old Town so your possibilities are too many to enumerate. Do you have any particular type of cuisine in mind?

                  1. Have you experienced the Rainforest Massage at Amadeus?? OMG mmmm.

                    For me, after a spa treatment I want something light and clean, and your friend probably doesn't want to do a lot of walking. In old town, you can park in the structure on DeLacey (next to Twin Palms) and Le Pain Quotidien is just a few steps up on Colorado x DeLacey. I know it's a chain but good post-spa fare and inexpensive. Or walk a block in the other direction for Crepe Vine, also good post-spa food.
                    I would suggest Europane, but parking can be tough.

                    edit: hmm, looks like you're doing lunch before spa. all the more reason to get something light.

                    1. Given all the considerations I think your best bet is Cafe Julianne on Mission in South Pas

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                      1. re: SteveInSoCal

                        I like Julienne's, but it's not really close to the Paseo ...

                      2. Julienne - ten minutes by car.

                        But more importantly, it's not open on Sunday.

                        I'd go with Green St. Sit outside on the patio if it's not unbearably hot.

                        Another recommendation is Cafe Verde, which IS located on Greet St. (Green Street restaurant is actually located on an alley off of Green, near Lake).

                        Here's a link to Cafe Verde: http://www.cafeverdepasadena.com/cafe...

                        1. You're probably right on that...a little pricey for dinner but perhaps the lunch options are more reasonable?

                          1. How about some Thai, either Saladang on Fair Oaks for OK chow but cool digs or Chandra on Arroyo for so-so digs but cool chow.