Sunday. Pasadena. Brunch.
Driving up from Orange County next week to meet a gal pal for some good brekkie. My favorite meal of the day, period. Looking to meet around 11:30, but we can be flexible if places have a wait. I'd love a place that took reservations, though.
I've read about Marston's (she even recommended), but contemplating some non-traditional meals as well. I'm leaving it up to the Chowhounders to steer us in the best direction. Here are some I've read about:
* Green Street
* Japon Bistro
* Huntington Library (I know, San Marino....but I'm open)
* Burger Continental
* Le Pain Quotidien
I can go for traditional egg dishes or something sweet (French toast?). I'll even forgo the morning fare for lunch if that means an excellent recommendation. Or how about healthy options? Extra points for a place we can linger and chat and/or be convenient to retail therapy afterwards. I'm a sucker for ambiance, btw.
Too bad Julienne isn't open on Sundays. Made that mistake once myself.
Firefly supposedly rocks out a superior breakfast/brunch menu, and you could wander around South Pas afterwards if that is your cup of tea.
One of these days I have made a promise to myself to check out the Spot for Sunday brunch.
Marston's is a great nook, but it's small and there's likely to be a wait (I don't think they take reservations). Plus, parking can be a pain, but their food is pretty good. I haven't tried it but the Raymond has a brunch menu and I'm pretty sure they take reservations.
Both restaurants are close to Old Town Pasadena and Paseo Colorado so there's plenty of chances for retail therapy!
Marston's would be my first choice, but sometimes it is a mob scene on the weekends. A very strong 2nd choice is Kathleens, on Lake, about 3 mins north of the 210 fwy. Excellent food, very attentive serivce, and they have croissant french toast (!). The thing to get however, is an omlette with the pumpkin or zuchinni bread.
It just occurred to me that Mike and Anne's in South Pasadena also serves Sunday bunch. Only 1 meal, and so many choices.... Enjoy.