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ISO nice lunch spot in SGV to treat family friend.

Larali Feb 12, 2007 10:49 AM

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.


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

Any ideas from the ever-wise chowhounders out there?


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  1. ozzygee RE: Larali Feb 12, 2007 10:51 AM

    Julienne in San Marino.

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      kotatsu RE: Larali Feb 12, 2007 10:57 AM

      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. ipsedixit RE: Larali Feb 12, 2007 11:10 AM

        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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          Larali RE: ipsedixit Feb 12, 2007 11:14 AM

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

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            Terahertz RE: ipsedixit Feb 12, 2007 01:28 PM

            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.


            1. re: Terahertz
              rantsnravesnreviews RE: Terahertz Feb 12, 2007 01:59 PM

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


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            crystaw RE: Larali Feb 12, 2007 03:11 PM

            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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              ipsedixit RE: crystaw Feb 12, 2007 03:17 PM

              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.


              1. re: ipsedixit
                crystaw RE: ipsedixit Feb 12, 2007 08:38 PM

                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

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              jkao1817 RE: Larali Feb 12, 2007 03:16 PM

              How about Maison Akira?

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