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Oct 11, 2006 11:06 PM

Need good food, casual Pasadena restaurant

We will be in Pasadena for the first time Friday for my son's water polo game that will end around 6pm. We would like a restaurant with really good food, not Indian or Mexican please, but one that we can come dressed as we are...straight from the game. The water polo player is a meat eater and will be starving but we all love a good meal! Any suggestions?

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  1. For old school, red sauce Italian, go straight to Scarantino's, formerly known as Dino's Italian Inn. The place has been around since 1949. It operated as Dino's until June, then became Scarantino's (there's a Scarantino's in Glendale). Pretty much the same menu & recipes. Same chef who's been there since forever. The name change came about as a result of warring factions of the same family, and some sort of power struggle. But if you do a search on this board for old posts about Dino's, you'll find that it tended to garner positive comments for what it is. Casual enough to come as you are.

    It's not very expensive by today's standards: dinners include soup and salad, and a side of pasta for the meat dishes, and virtually everything is under $20.

    Located at 2055 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, west of Sierra Madre Blvd. (626) 644-6633

    Robin's for BBQ is a good bet in the area, especially for a hungry, meat-eating polo player. Located on Rosemead Blvd. in the Hastings Ranch area, north of Foothill Blvd. Again, no change of attire required.

    1. I'd go to Gale's on Fair Oaks. Good Italian, very neighborhoody place. Good food but not fancy.

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      1. re: Amuse Bouches

        i 2nd on gales. try the bolognese. comes out hot!!!!!(temp) its yummie.

      2. Green Street Restaurant (not on Green Street, confusingly enough, but on Shopper's Lane (behind South Lake) between Green and Cordova. Not my favorite, as I slant to ethnic, but it's good food reasonably priced, and all my friends love it.

        1. Thank you for the responses. I was all set to enjoy Scarantino's when the other water polo parents convinced us to join them at Lucky Baldwin's. Now I'm not a pub lover but this was fun and I found a beer I actually like (but can't get anywhere else!). The food was decent; my curry was actually good even with the dried oregano(?)on top. I'll save Scaratino's for the next Pasadena stopover.

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          1. re: amela

            If you're considering Luck Baldwin's you really should go to Britt's instead. The food is much better, they have the traditional pub beers, it's not as crowded and doesn't smell bad like Lucky's does. It's the best fish and chips in Pasadena.


            Also, I *love* Gale's, but it's much more of a couple's restaurant - especially on Friday nights. I'm not sure it's exactly what the OP is looking for...

            1. re: spankbot

              Yes, but isn't bad food and smell what makes a pub a pub?
              I do agree, however, Britt's for food, Lucky B's for beer.

            1. re: Amuse Bouches

              I really have no idea what the name of the beer was. I tend to trust waitresses...told her what my beer likes and dislikes were...and let her choose. I know that it was a local microbrewery and one of three from them that Lucky Baldwin's carries. Also, we sat upstairs which smelled a *lot* less like a brewery. Much better for the teenage boys we were with!
              Ok, I just called and after much help, I believe the name of the beer was Poppyfields from Crossman's Brewery.

              1. re: amela

                You had the Craftsman Poppyfields Pale Ale.

                1. re: amela

                  It's Craftsman and I adore them. That was actually why I asked -- I had heard LB carries Craftsman beers, and I had a sneaky feeling that was what you were talking about. I don't know where you are usually, but the Third Stop near Cedars Sinai carries Craftsman Ales (I don't think they have Poppyfield right now, but they've had it in the past. They're carrying the Craftsman Octoberfest right now instead).

                  1. re: Amuse Bouches

                    So funny! I was too embarrassed taking up so much time on the phone that I didn't ask him to spell the brewery. That's what I heard filtered through his English accent! Thanks for the heads up on Third Stop.