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ISO nice lunch spot in SGV to treat family friend.

My mom and I are taking our very lovely neighbor out for lunch in the San Gabriel Valley. I’d prefer to stay in/around Pasadena but anywhere worthy in area would be great.

She took my mom to the Scarlet Tea Room a few weeks back, and we’d like to return the gesture in kind.

Parameters:

Lunch or brunch
$25/per person max
No Chinese/sushi/dim sum

Any ideas from the ever-wise chowhounders out there?

Thanks!

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  1. Julienne in San Marino.

    1. My vote would be Marstons on Walnut (near Marengo). Great food, and I can honestly say I've never had bad service there. Closed on Monday. Other options might be Cafe Bizou, or Mike and Anne's in South Pas.

      1. Either Mike and Anne's or Briganti. Both in South Pas.

        Mike and Anne's: www.mikeandannes.com

        Briganti: www.brigantirestaurant.com

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I have a particular affinity for people who include links. Thank you!

          1. re: ipsedixit

            The red flannel hash at Mike and Anne's is a very unique and tasty dish. Both my wife and I enjoy Mike and Anne's quite a lot. I would, however, say the ambiance is nice, but not fancy.

            THz

            1. re: Terahertz

              I am not thrilled with Mike and Anne's, however two thumbs up for Brigante! I also like The Raymond.

              http://www.theraymond.com/
              http://rantsnravesnreviews.blogspot.com

          2. Marston's is a great brunch nook. It's gotten mixed review but I'm quite fond of Sesame Grill for lunch. I like their lunch menu and it definitely falls into your budget. They don't have a website but here's a review I found on it http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?sec...

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            1. re: crystaw

              To each its own, but I find Sesame Grill really subpar -- lunch or otherwise. No offense intended by any means.

              If one is going to head out towards Arcadia/Monrovia, should really give THE PEACH CAFE some serious consideration.

              http://www.thepeachcafe.com/

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I've actually meant to try that place because of your recommendations but they were closed for a private event when I went there... so until next time

            2. How about Maison Akira?