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Breakfast in Pasadena?

Am looking for a breakfasty type place before the Rose Bowl, I just learned Marston's is closed on Mondays. Any suggestions? Would like someplace in the Fair Oaks /Walnut Steets areas.

Thanks mucho!

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  1. You do realize that traffic and parking are going to be brutal in Pasadena before, during and after the parade and game on Monday don't you? If you are coming in from east of Pasadena, you might consider LeRoy's on Huntington Drive in Monrovia.

    1. No, you really, really do not want to be anywhere even a little bit close to Old Town! Fox's up on Lake in Altadena I *THINK* is open on Mondays, and is not likely to swamped with Foreign Devils. It's really popular with the locals (especially the ancient ones), though, so it can get crowded. They do a very nice bunch of breakfast stuff, if a tad genteel for my taste (think itty bitty muffins, both twee and delicious). Flapjacks and oatmeal and egg things. Just north of Mendocino on your right.

      My favorite is The Reyn, on the west side of Lake down btween Villa and Orange Grove. More of a coffee shop than a Destination, but that's my style. Nice messy breakfast platters. And Tonny's, just a left turn off Lake onto O. Grove (w/parking behind), has both 'Merkin and Mexican breakfasts, all delightful so far (after three brunch visits) and very cheap, though small, crowded, and loud when someone's playing the jukebox...

      1. There's also The Spot (used to be Vintage Cafe) on Lincoln and Montanan. Good Creole type breakfast joint. Sometimes has jazz playing for breakfast too. I don't know if they will be open however.

        1. I agree that Old Town will be a pain. If you're mobile, I like Fox's, too. Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles is the way toward Foxes -- if you haven't been, it's worth the experience.

          Or, if you're up for a 15-minute excursion, there's The Only Place in Town over in Sierra Madre (Sierra Madre Blvd, about 3 blocks west of Baldwin). Their potatoes could be better, but overall they're very good -- lots of interesting stuff and lots of plain old hearty fare. Very kid friendly, which is why it's the only place I get to much with a 1-year old.

          As a general note -- I've found breakfast joints around Pasadena pretty disappointing overall. Several are ok, but there aren't many that knock your socks off -- that I've found, anyway.

          1. But, if you're really in the mood to fight crowds and parking, which I totally advise against, too, there's that new place Central Park on Fair Oaks, on the other side of Colorado. And Cafe Bizou has a fair breakfast, but right in Old Town, so it might be difficult to get to.

            And I agree on the assesment about Pasadena breakfasts in general; so boring. We always go to Marston's if we want breakfast, and it does the trick, though isn't perfect.

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            1. re: diningdivala

              We're past the deadline on the original poster's needs, but --

              I'd like to throw in an honorable mention for Weekend Brunch at Firefly in South Pasadena. The whole place is "outdoors" in a giant pavillion, with heaters & so on of course.

              They have a very upscale/nouveau cuisine menu -- which I love (I used to own a couple of restaurants with exactly their kind of food -- and brunch is one of best places to have fun with a menu: you get all the yummy satisfaction of comfort foods, but you can throw in fresh flavors & twists and make some really great dishes). It's not cheap -- brunch entrees run around $10-14 -- but the food is first-rate.

              Firefly Bistro
              1009 El Centro Street
              South Pasadena, CA 91030
              (626) 441-2443
              www.eatatfirefly.com

              -- Jim