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Place for meal/snacks/drinks near Laemmle (Pasadena) - Help!!

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Catching to a pretty early flick (~7:15pm) at the Laemmle Playhouse today in Pasadena (one-two blocks east of Paseo Colorado) -- wondering if there are any recs for either drinks/snacks or a meal (much prefer the latter, since I'm having a light lunch.) Or alternatively, a nice place to grab dinner after the show (around 9pm) that's not gonna be jam packed with Friday night crowd.

I'm entertaining the thought of Bistro 561, but know that service can be incredibly slow there so not sure...

Walking distance to the theater helps too, but not necesssary if service is fast.

Much thanks!

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  1. Across the street from the Laemmle are three restaurants. There's El Portal and Yahaira's, which are both Mexican. There's also a sushi place as well. Oh and there's a wine bar also that also serves food and wine, of course.

    A little down the street on Colorado Blvd., there's also La Fiesta and an Indian restaurant, which I don't remember the name of.

    Right next door to the movie house is also a coffeehouse in Vroman's where you can get drinks/snacks.

    Hope that helps.

    Abby

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    1. re: pleasurepalate

      Hi Abby, I agree with all your recs, and the Indian place is called Sitar and I am headed over there right now for lunch! ;-)

    2. There's also a new Famima on Colorado, one block west of the theater.

      1. an absolute MUST is bulgarini gelato pre- or post- movie (or both!).
        the cart will be in the lobby of the theatre -only on friday, sat & sun.

        1. some of the best and definitely the most authentic gelato in the southland is located right in the lobby of the laemmle! it's BULGARINI. they're the only ones i know of making the real thing from scratch.

          don't go anywhere without a dose of that and search the posts on this board for more info.

          if you're going as high-end as 561, you might as well hit bistro 45 on mentor, although it's been hit or miss lately, but consistently better than 561 for all the obvious reasons.

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          1. re: revets2

            too funny,revets2. i think we're having simulateneous afternon gelato cravings.

            1. re: ostudio

              lately, i'm always having a gelato craving, morning, afternoon, and night.

            2. bistro 45 isn't one of my faves by a long shot and i think it's really slipped. but the best meal i've ever had at 561 doesn't hold a candle to the worst night i've had at bistro 45 if you're purely looking at product.

              what's more, i think 561 is pricey for the raw materials they utilize.

              those students do bust their buns, though.

            3. Thanks for your help guys -- knew I can count on CH. Having never been to famima or bulgarini before, that's gonna be my game plan -- *crossing fingers for finding street parking*