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Recommendations for Dinner before the UCLA v. Stanford game

What's up hounds, I need a good place for the guys to eat before the game preferrably in the Pasadena area, so that means no tearoom at the Ritz Carlton. I was thinking Casa Bianca but the wait is hellish on a Saturday night, anything good in Old Town where guys can go dressed in Bruin gear except Hooters? What about a good to go place to pick up tailgaiting food? Go Bruins!

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  1. Casa Bianca opens at 4:00pm on Saturday, game time is 7:15. Plenty of time. Get there around 4-4:30 and shouldn't be much of a wait. Otherwise call ahead and pick up your pizza and you can tailgate with it. You're only a couple miles from the Rose Bowl once your at Casa Bianca.


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    1. re: monku

      Depending on where you are coming from, you could try the hopefully opened by then Oinkster in Eagle Rock on Colorado Blvd. about 2-3 blocks east of Eagle rock Blvd. on the north side of the street. Get off at Harvey Drive if heading east on the 134, make the right down to Colorado, then turn left and go around 1 mile or so. Upon leaving, continue heading east and get back on the 134 at the Figueroa/Colorado onramp and you will be there.
      Go Indians!!!

      1. re: carter

        Are they even open yet? I've read other CH posts saying that it will open this Saturday the day of the game.

    2. There's Barney's Beanery in Old Town, a good alternative to Hooters.

        1. re: chica

          How is the food at Yardhouse? I checked out the menu and it seems like a reliable chain restaurant, the thing that got me excited was that they have Fuller's London Pride on tap, I had this beer on tap at Pubs in London when I was there a few years ago and it was awesome.

          1. re: xlargela

            it's much, much better for drinking than eating. that said, their food isn't bad, just average. their beer selection, however, is exceptional (for pasadena).

            1. re: xlargela

              I don't drink beer, but friends I've accompanied there do, and have enjoyed it. Looking at the beer menu overwhelms me - it's one of the longest I've seen.

              The food is all right. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts are very generous.

              You cannot make reservations for smaller parties, but you can "call ahead" to place your name in line, like with Claim Jumper, so that by the time you get there, you'd have less a wait.

          2. Parkway Grill?

            I haven't been in a coon's age.

            Go Cardinal!

            1. This current Trojan and Stanford alumna recommends Burger Continental. Beleive me, you will LOVE it.

              ... But let's just say you weren't a Bruin... I'd recommend Russell's, shouldn't be too crowded, fair prices, pleasant service, and great food... has a good vibe for a pre-football-game dinner.

              (just teasing. enjoy crushing my poor alma mater but look out for red and gold...:D)

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              1. re: amandine

                Sorry to hear that you are a Trojan and a Cardinal, double whammy. I went to Burger Continental a few years ago and I remember the food was good nothing spectacular, the salad bar was good and it was very reasonably priced.

                1. re: xlargela

                  i would check the health rating on burger continental before going or recommending.


              2. i think our cardinal/trojan friend is playfully leading you astray there with the BC recommendation...

                discriminating Cal fans would most likely choose a "veggie delight" lavash wrap for an early dinner at father nature on delacey, north of colorado in old town: eggplant, hummus, and falafel, all wrapped up with greens and a small cup of tahini sauce. a true Berkeley feast. they also have wraps with chicken and fish (maybe meat too, never noticed). plus you get the added entertainment of ordering from possibly the surliest man in the world.

                after the game celebrate a victory over the most hated ones, at the taco truck that shows up late night on the east side of fair oaks, north of California (Go Bears!) in front of nishimura? auto parts. pretty good carne asada tacos. i drowned my sorrows in tacos last year after watching maurice drew single-handedly defeat the Bears.

                if you want to tailgate, there's a bristol farms in south pasadena that will have plenty of quality pre-formed meat patties or sausages that you can easily barbecue.