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South Pasadena?

Making a trip from Silver Lake to South Pasadena tomorrow and looking for suggestions. Anything, really. A good mom & pop, Mexican w/margaritas, a decent trattoria, blah blah.

Please advise.

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  1. If you have never eaten at Bistro K, you are missing out on an AMAZING dining experience. They're on Fremont at El Centro and open for dinner only Wed.-Sunday. They have an "early bird" pre-theater dinner if you are budget conscious. Best to have reservations:

    http://www.lqmanagementservices.com/h...

    We are SO lucky to have this as our neighborhood bistro!

    1. Julienne on Mission Street is great. Not technically South Pas, but just down the street in San Marino.

      1. Farmer's Market is Thursday nights, if I'm not mistaken. Firefly Bistro has their tapas menu on Thursday nights. For some reason, the roasted cauliflower still resonates with me.

        Reeter1's suggestion of Bistro K is a fine reccomendation.

        1. Yoshida in San Marino for sushi
          Parkway Grill in Pasadena
          Arroyo Chophouse in Pasadena for steak

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          1. re: WHills

            Chophouse last night. Service was not as good as usual, but still ok. Avoid the specials (really overpriced with no mention of the fact unless directly asked) and stick to wines by the glass (also overpriced, but less so than the bottles and with nice pours). Both the beef and seafood are reliably great. This is probably the best place for steaks around - I have found it very consistent, which is more than I can say for most of the competition (though many others disagree).

          2. Briganti is an amazing Italian restaurant that my friends and I love. Great pizzas but definitely opt for one of their fantastic, fresh pastas. Most of the ppl who work there are Italian. Good wine selection as well.

            Call for reservations or to see how busy they are before you go. Here is a post with photos:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/336873

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            1. re: Clare K

              Another vote for Briganti. I recently had the salmon and it was wonderful! Fresh, moist and cooked just right. The sauteed spinach was great and my only complaint about the broiled potatoes was that there weren't enough of them. The Montepulciano wine was good, but a little overpriced IMO.