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Anyone remember this greek restaurant in Pasadena???

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Help! Back in 1996, a friend would take me this place called "American Cafe". I'm not sure if that's the correct name. Anyhow, it was unique. It served greek food. The front half looked like a bakery with some tables, and the back half was outdoors. What was funny about it, was the outdoor part really was the alley between the restaurant and a grocery store. It was pretty cool, and had a gardenlike feel with all the greenery they placed outside. They even had live bands performing sometimes!

Anyhow, we always ordered the lamb shanks and rice pilaf. They had really great hummus too. I would like to go back and revisit the delicious shanks, but I don't quite remember where it was or the name, or if it's still even in existence. Google doesn't really give me any results I can identify with. Anyone remember this place? Is it still there? Or, is it in a different city in the greater LA area?

I would greatly appreciate any info. My tummy would appreciate it too! =)

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  1. Sounds like Burger Continental near the corner of Lake and California.

    www.burgercontinental.com

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    1. re: Vinster

      I second your vote on BC.

    2. I think you were there right around the time of its decline. It's been disappointing since. If you're in the area and want that dish (lamb shank), head to Wahib's Lebanese restaurant in Alhambra, who do a good version, reasonably priced.

      Wahib's
      910 E. Main St.
      Alhambra, CA, (626) 281-1006

      1. That place doesn't sound familiar, but I can recommend the Mediterranean Garden Grill on Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia. Their lamb kebabs are wonderful, as is everything else we have tried there! Nice, enclosed outdoor patio seating.

        1. what's the name of the barbecue place in Pasadena? Like Portugese barbecue? DH is dying to go...thanks.

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          1. re: iL Divo

            Are you thinking of Brazilian BBQ? If so there is one in Glendale:

            Gaucho's Village Brazilian Churrascaria "Steak House"

            1. re: iL Divo

              Perhaps this brazilian bbq place in Paseo (I've never been, so I can't rec anything): http://www.portoalegrebrazilbbq.com/

            2. You are probably talking about Burger Continental. You describe the layout to a "T". I think they have gone downhill, but it is still a fun place. I also have heard good things about Garden Grille.

              1. Nope, the one he's talking about hasn't been mentioned here yet. He was told about it via a frend at work. Is it Puequeno's or Puenta's or something like that?

                1. Burger Continental on South Lake