Coming Home: Need Recs for Pasadena brunch & beach dinner
Coming back home for the holidays. I will be there for over a week, but I have one day to show my girlfriend around. We're looking for mid range brunch in Pasadena area for 5 people and then, after a day of driving around, perhaps a dinner spot by the beach. Gladstone's is so cliche, so I was hoping for something a little nicer. Not necessarily upscale, but nicer.
Somewhat flexible onl the locations.
I would go to Julienne in San Marino for brunch. Good food, nice amtosphere and the prices are reasonable.
The other option is Marston's but the wait is bad and I think the food and atmosphere is better at Julienne.
Less brunchy in that it's a bakery but Europane is the place not to miss in Pasadena.
ICugini in Santa Monica for dinner. Ask to sit out on the patio. Great people watching, not as loud as The Lobster -- although if you wish, The Lobster has better views.
Post-dinner, stroll on 3rd street promenade!