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Pie 'n Burger Dining Room

hopkid Nov 26, 2006 10:08 PM

I'm trying to organize a group outing of about 20. I've never been to Pie 'n Burger. Can they accomodate that big of a group?

Any other restaurants in Pasadena/So Pas that are kid-friendly and can accomodate large groups? I'm also considering Xiamora, Tre Venezie, Smitty's Grill, and La Formaretta.

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    way2dave RE: hopkid Nov 26, 2006 10:24 PM

    Pie N'Burger is not good for a large group. It has a long counter, and 3 or 4 small tables (none seat more than 4 people).

    1. hopkid RE: hopkid Nov 26, 2006 10:33 PM

      Got it. Thanks!

      OK gang...let the recommendations start rolling in!

      1. bodie RE: hopkid Nov 26, 2006 11:29 PM

        The restaurants you've listed are all quite different in size, price and cuisine. Pie n Burger is a lunch counter. Tre Venezie is small but with major food and prices to match. I'd say neither would be able to accomodate your part. Xiomara, on the other hand, might - but if I were you I would call and see what they say.

        1. SauceSupreme RE: hopkid Nov 27, 2006 01:29 AM

          La Luna Negra is large enough to house flamenco dancers. Are your diners into Spanish faire?

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            condiment RE: hopkid Nov 27, 2006 01:32 AM

            If it's hamburgers ye be wanting, there is a second dining room at Wolfe Burger that rarely has more than two or three people eating in it. I suspect it would be easy enough to colonize.

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              SauceSupreme RE: condiment Nov 27, 2006 01:36 AM

              Any restaurant on South Lake will tend to be less crowded than its Old Pas counterparts.

            2. notmartha RE: hopkid Nov 27, 2006 01:44 AM

              I don't think Tre Venezia is exactly kid friendly, and I don't think anything in their menu will be that appealing to kids - unless you want to tell the kids that they are eating rabbit and venison.

              Not sure what you are after - family dining, or an upscale place that's kid friendly. Haven't been to Xiomara, but that also seems a bit more upscale. Cafe Atlantic is pretty good, and a bit more casual - with excellent mojito for the grow ups.

              You can also try La Husteca at Pasadena. The mexican food is not the typical chain restaurant type (the stuffed chili with meat and walnut sauce is quite good), and they have a kid's menu and pretty of space for 20 people. El Portal is also OK, in a pinch.

              1. Will Owen RE: hopkid Nov 27, 2006 04:26 AM

                If you have a big crowd that includes kids, and you were originally contemplating Pie'n'Burger, I suspect you and yours might actually be happy at Hamburger Hamlet, up on South Lake between Del Mar and Cordova. Yes, it is a chain, and to a certain degree soulless, but they have an extensive menu, quite decent food and reasonable prices. I like the fish and chips a lot (always order extra tartar sauce to dip my fries in), and the Cajun burger (always order extra hot aioli...oh, you know). You can also order any of their varieties of fries with a meal, regardless of which sort is specified for that particular ensemble. I love the big plank-like steak ones.

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                  ipsedixit RE: Will Owen Nov 27, 2006 04:37 AM

                  Ditto this rec for Hamburger Hamlet.

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                    WildSwede RE: ipsedixit Nov 27, 2006 02:56 PM

                    me too!!

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                  Jack Flash RE: hopkid Nov 27, 2006 07:09 AM

                  May I recommend Scarantino's, the restaurant formerly known as Dino's Italian Inn. It has a large room in the back that could easily accommodate your group. It's very reasonably priced old school red sauce Italian. Kid friendly, for sure.

                  1. Dr. Debs RE: hopkid Nov 27, 2006 03:27 PM

                    Hi there. I've had dinners for more than 20 at Xiomara, and they've done a pre-set menu with 3-4 dinner choices, combined with a choice of starter and dessert. This helps a bit to keep the costs down, but it's still not cheap. La Fornaretta (our much beloved haunt when it was down in San Marino) has much more reasonable prices, big portions, and an ideal central location just off Colorado in Old Town. I'd give them a call. They're very nice, and will accomodate you if at all possible. Happy eating.

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