Soda Jerks --> Central Park on Fair Oaks in Pasadena
A new restaurant has taken over the former location of Soda Jerks and now open. I saw people inside as I drove past last nite. I will definitely make an effort to check this place out sometime soon, but I was wondering if any of the hounds have noticed this place and beat me to it.
Here's a copy of my post on "New to Pasadena" topic:
Central Park Cafe-219 S Fair Oaks,Across fr: Central Park, 2 blocks S of Colorado/Old Town.
Cal-American Bistro, very nice interior, good food, great value. (downright inexpensive considering- atmosphere, quality, taste & service). A few misses but heavy on the hits.
Entrees, Pasta, Pizzas, Sandwiches, Apps, Soups, Salads.
Wine (Avg about $6/ Glass- $25/Bottle-Decent Choices)& beer.
I can recommend -
Sauteed Sand Dabs w/Lemon Caper Burre Blanc Sauce w/ vegs, really good Yukon Gold mashed potatoes - $15.
Braised Boneless Short Ribs W/ Natural Jus w/ sides - $12.
USDA Prime Flat Iron Steak w/ Red Wine Reduction & sides-$14.
Beer Batter Fish & Spicy Chips, Broccoli Salad - $12.50
Everything on their Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Menus is "wanna try" for me.
Based on tables around us on Fri & incl us, they have a bunch of regulars after being open just 2 1/2 weeks*.
* 1st time we went was their 1st Sat. Had 1/2 hr to eat, told the server and we got our meals in about 5 minutes- very well prepared & good. Showing they were up to speed from the get go.
Addendum: Service was great 1st 2 times, avg 3rd time
I would give Central Park a few more weeks before testing the waters. I dropped in for lunch last week, or least tried to, and was told "many" of the items on the menu would be unavailable (something about a snafu with the vendors) and that they were "short" one server.
We left, but were glad that the place was upfront with us.
I'll probably give it a try in December, or in the new year, but not now.
We just went to Central Park for breakfast on Sunday. We were probably there at about 10am and were seated right away (party of 2, but plenty of tables for 4). Because I had a list of must-eats for lunch, we split the Eggs Sardou (poached eggs, spinach, bearnaise sauce, all on a croissant - SPECTACULAR!) and a side of bacon (thin and crisp). We also got a Mimosa, which I thought was a good deal. For about $5, you get a split of champagne (each) and your own pitcher of fresh squeezed OJ (which they will refill if you run out before you empty the champagne).
I do wish we had tried their croissant french toast; that sounded decadent!
What is puzzling us a bit is that there's a sign on the door of the now-closed Sizzler on Arroyo Parkway, saying WE'VE MOVED and directing patrons to Central Park! So is this a finer-dining venture by the Sizzler owners? Is this kind of like Norm's opening a cute bistro, or what?
I'm glad to read that they're making efforts, and in many ways succeeding. We'll have to check them out.