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Midweek breakfast Pasadena

I've looked at some of the old and recent threads, but I thought I'd ask for recs on mid-week (Monday through Friday) breakfast spots in Pasadena, near Lake Ave. and Colorado Blvd. I am craving waffles and hash browns, but I'm open to more creative options as well. Thank you. :)

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      1. re: Clare K

        I recently tried Marston's Blueberry pancakes and found them fluffy and moist, yet completely bland. Though I'd still like to give their famed french toast a try.

      2. Yep Marston's is good (though CHers here have been split about their food & service), I also like Green Street Cafe too (a bit closer to the Lake & Colorado area too).

        http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com/

        ~H.C.
        http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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        1. re: AquaW

          I have been meaning to check out Green Street. Thanks for this rec.

          1. re: AquaW

            Re. Green Street Restaurant: I used to work across the street on Lake and Del Mar, and my co-workers and I would periodically sneak out for an early lunch, which in reality was just for breakfast at Green Street.

            In most cases, I would second the recommendation for Green Street Restaurant -- it's right in the area that the original poster asked about, and they are really good at breakfast, however, I don't think they have waffles or real hashed browns. They do have EXCELLENT pancakes and good breakfast potatos, but if the OP has his/her heart set on waffles and hash browns, it might not be the place.

            1. re: DanaB

              Thanks, Dana. I think people have recommended Green St. for lunch too. I checked out the menu, and it looks pretty good. It's very close-- right by Tower Records (or what was Tower Records).

            2. re: AquaW

              I think midweek is the PERFECT time to go to Marston's for breakfast. Less crowded, better service, lower decibel level, easy parking.

              Weekends? That's another story entirely ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I was thinking about that. In general, I dislike crowds, so I appreciate this info. The picture on the Marston's website makes it look like a super small place.

              2. re: AquaW

                I like Marstons, but every time I have been there the wait is way to long. ALso they only serve breakfast until 11 if you like to sleep late.
                http://rantsnravesnreviews.blogspot.com

                1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

                  Thanks. I had the day off, and by the time I figured out where I wanted to eat breakfast, it was lunch time. I'll have to save these recs for another day. :-)

              3. I'd walk down to Europane (just east of Mentor on Colorado) for breakfast pastries. Or north on Lake between Villa and Orange Grove (on west side of the street) is Reyn's Coffee Shop, for traditional diner-esque breakfasts.

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                1. re: ElsieDee

                  I didn't realize Reyn's was so close. Thanks. :)

                2. I can't think of a good "waffles & hash browns" destination in Pasadena. I don't think any of the given recommendations fit the bill for that (though I concur that a very good breakfast can be had at Green St.)

                  Decent breakfasts of that sort can be had at Shaker's, on Fair Oaks in South Pas, or at Twohey's in Alhambra (at the confluence of Atlantic/Los Robles, Garfield & Huntington Drive). My personal favorite waffle in the area is actually at Goody's in San Gabriel (on Las Tunas, just east of San Gabriel Blvd.).

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                  1. re: Jack Flash

                    Thanks, Jack Flash. I've driven by all of these places. I will definitely try to check them out. :)

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      Reporting back on my midweek breakfast. I wanted to try Shaker's today. My friend and I thought it was on Arroyo Parkway, for some reason. It was closed down, according to my friend, who arrived there first.

                      We relocated to Central Park cafe, on Fair Oaks. My friend was attracted to the $4.95 Belgian waffle breakfast special (two eggs, two sausages, and two Belgian waffles). I got a stack of pancakes and a side order of sausage. We also got two coffees. I think the Belgian waffle breakfast was a good deal.

                      Coffee was good. Service was good. Parking was a bit tight, but at least they have parking. My sausages were a bit undercooked, but they were still tasty. The pancakes were good. I couldn't finish them-- they were big, and there were at least three or four in the stack. I also asked for blueberries, strawberries and bananas on top. That made the pancakes taste better. The strawberries and bananas were fresh. The blueberries were some sort of blueberry compote, but it was pretty good. Total came to under $25 after tax and tip. My pancakes were $8. I would suggest getting the waffles special-- cheaper and a better overall deal.

                      1. re: katkoupai

                        The Arroyo Shaker's did close down recently, so the only Shakers left in the immediate area is the one on Fair Oaks in South Pas (embarrassingly, we go there every morning...mainly because it is a good walk from out house and we don't like Carrow's). We have been to Central Park before, but we ordered what we generally order at Shaker's and it tasted the same to me, just a little more expensive.

                        Plus, I think Shaker's is a better choice when you have a boisterous 3-year-old!

                        1. re: Spiff

                          I tried that Shaker's on Fair Oaks for the first time last night. Got the pot roast combo and shared it with a friend. It was actually pretty good for late-night dining, considering everything else was closed. :) I still haven't tried their breakfast. Are their pies any good? We wanted to try a slice, but we were too full.

                          1. re: Spiff

                            I wouldn't be embarrassed about eating at Shakers. The one in Glendale is our "go to" breakfast spot. You cant beat the food, service and consistancy for traditional breakfasts. They have potato pancakes made with omelette ingrediants that are really tasty.

                            Portos on Brand is a treat but the parking and the lines make it a little tricky

                            1. re: ibakeum

                              The embarrassing part was more that we go there EVERY morning...and I'm not exaggerating.

                              Occasionally we will venture out to somewhere else, but we have a good walk to Shakers and back, so we count that as our exercise for the day :)

                              1. re: Spiff

                                I'm sure someone has mentioned this before, but Shakers, Wild Thyme, Beckham Grill, Central Park Cafe, and Diner on Main are all the same family. I think Diner on Main is the sons of the other owner? They all do vary somewhat, I've been to all of them for both breakfast and dinner, except Beckham only for dinner (half a dozen or more times at least).

                                1. re: MaryT

                                  I didn't know this. Thanks for the info. :)

                      2. Try Wolfe Burgers, on Lake just north of Colorado (but south of the 210).

                        Never had their waffles (or what they call "Woofles"), but I really dig their chorizo breakfast burritos.

                        Wolfe Burgers
                        46 N. Lake Ave.,
                        (626) 792-7292

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                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Thanks, ipsedixit. I noticed that you recommended them on a previous post. That's definitely closeby. I like the name of the waffles-- "woofles"-- very cute. :)

                        2. You should definelty try Yahaira's Cafe. On Colorado across the street from Vromans, or try Pie-N-Burger -if you feel the need to be TOTALLY stuffed!

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                          1. re: wcab06

                            I saw people eating at Yahaira's today. For some reason, every other time I've gone by, it's been closed. I didn't realize they served breakfast. Thanks for both of the suggestions.

                            1. re: katkoupai

                              yeah, they have kind of weird hours, but I think the b-fast is the best. They have my favorite b-fast burrito - twice cook the choriso so its not greasy, YUM.

                          2. 54 Holly has perfectly crunchy hash browns, and have been consistent every time I have been there. I also think their pancakes are pretty good, you can them instead of toast with your breakfast. Good corned beef hash too.
                            http://rantsnravesnreviews.blogspot.com

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                            1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

                              Yum. Sounds good. You can't get corned beef hash everywhere. That might be a good thing to order. Thanks.

                              1. re: katkoupai

                                They have corn beef hash at Shakers on Fair Oaks also and good waffles too...not sure about their hash browns since I don't eat potatoes. Shakers is within good uphill/downhill walking distance from our house, so we walk their often with our 3-year-old. They have surprisingly good breakfasts in my opinion.

                              1. re: bfez

                                Right. I have been meaning to check that place out forever. Do they do breakfast though? That's another place that always seems to be closed when I walk by. I see people cooking in the kitchen, but I don't see people eating in the dining area.

                                1. re: katkoupai

                                  You may be mistakenly looking in at the restaurant, rather than the cafe next door (entrance on Madison). The breakfast specials are on the website I linked to. They serve regular breakfast items too - like pancakes and eggs and croissant sandwiches.

                                  1. re: bfez

                                    You might be right, bfez. All I know is I saw cooks in the kitchen, and chairs on tables. Maybe that was El Molino Avenue and not Madison Avenue-- I can't recall.
                                    Thanks for the info.

                                    1. re: katkoupai

                                      Nope. The place with the chairs up was definitely on Madison and Green. The store on El Molino and Green is not a restaurant. :)

                                  2. re: katkoupai

                                    The cafe does breakfast, although I have to be honest and say that I am not overly impressed with it.
                                    http://www.theschoolcafe.com/

                                    1. re: WildSwede

                                      Thanks for the info and link, WildSwede.

                                2. How about Pie & Burger? I haven't been there for breakfast, but the hashbrowns were really good (didn't care for either the pie or the burger though). Not sure if they have waffles.

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                                  1. re: notmartha

                                    I've had their pie, but not their burger. :-) I also haven't had their breakfast. I enjoyed the pie, but the service was so-so, and I'm not sure how much I liked sitting at the counter. It was definitely a different experience though. Thanks for this suggestion. I will have to check out their breakfast menu.

                                    1. re: katkoupai

                                      I just went to Pie n Burger for breakfast the other day and had their cinnamon roll for the first time. I usually don't like cinnamon rolls because they're dry but this one was SOOO good. I've even had the one at Europane.
                                      Maybe it was just the fact that the waitress asked "Icing and butter?" when I ordered, and not knowing what she meant, I agreed.
                                      The cinnamon roll came heated sitting in a pool of icing on one side, and melted butter on the other. It was almost like a funnel cake concept, but like the best funnel cake you've ever had.
                                      Homemade, lots of cinnamon, lots of plump raisins, and NOT dry. A meal in itself!

                                      1. re: CookieEater

                                        i ordered their cinnamon roll once and found it VERY dry. is this a hit or miss thing? is there a particular time of day that's better to order these?

                                        1. re: arifa

                                          I don't know, I've only had it once. Looks like I'll have to go back and order it again to check!
                                          Gladly.

                                  2. i LOVE the waffles at kathleen's. they are so light (light-feeling and not actually light, i'm sure) and crispy without being all crunch, you know? oh - i love them! the interior is way 80's, but the waffles make up for it. i haven't had anything else there... i'veo nly been twice and both times i got a plain waffle.

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                                    1. re: arifa

                                      Good reminder - I love their eggs benedict!!

                                      1. re: arifa

                                        Yes, Kathleen's is another place that I've walked by, but haven't eaten at yet. Thanks for the info.

                                        1. re: arifa

                                          You know, I've heard of this place, but never read much about it. I've driven past it. Yet, somehow, I have yet to try it. I'll have to make a point of getting over there one of these days. By the way, are the waffles "real" coffee shop waffles (thin), or the "Belgian" kind? I only like the former.

                                          1. re: Jack Flash

                                            they are the belgian kind but they aren't doughy like most belgian-style ones i've had.

                                        2. You know, I completely forgot about a wonderful breakfast I recently had in Pasadena at Cafe Verde. Perhaps I was thinking that it's only open for brunch on weekends, but in fact breakfast is served Monday through Saturday. It's not a waffles & hash browns place, that's for sure, but excellent nonetheless (at dinner, too!) Both of us had the eggs benedict, but several other options looked enticing.
                                          http://www.cafeverdepasadena.com/cafe...

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                                            1. re: Jack Flash

                                              i went to cafe verde once and had the vanilla french toast. i really liked it. some might find it too sweet. it tasted kind of like vanilla ice cream. yum!!!

                                              1. re: arifa

                                                Cafe Verde-- just passed this today-- Green and Mentor, right? Actually, this french toast sounds quite good. I wonder if it's made from scratch. Thanks.

                                            2. I love going to 'This and That Here and There Cafe' on Colorado by Lake. It's right across from Target. They have a really good breakfast menu. It's a small family owned place,but they sure do make some good skillets,omelettes and breakfast burritos. I don't think they have waffles, but they do have yummiliscious breakfast items. I work in the area and I always call in my orders 3 to 4 times a week for breakfast items.

                                              http://www.thisthatheretherecafe.com/

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                                              1. re: handycrafter77

                                                Thanks. I pass this place often, but I have never tried it. :)

                                              2. Has anyone tried "The Spot"? It's further west from the Lake Ave. district, but worth the drive.
                                                The chef/owner is a great guy, they have live jazz nights and weekend mornings and some pretty fantastic items on the brkfst menu like French Bread Pudding Toast, Biscuits and Cajun Gravy, Creole Omelettes, and Maple Oatmeal Souffle. They also have hash browns, but not sure about the waffles.
                                                Here's the website menu: http://www.thespotpasadena.com/restau...
                                                2032 N. Lincoln Ave., Pasadena

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                                                1. re: greenpapaya

                                                  I love The Spot (and loved it back when it was Vintage Bistro/Cafe, too), but have yet to make it there for breakfast or brunch. Based on the dinners I've had there, I'd have no qualms about recommending them for breakfast, though.

                                                  1. re: ElsieDee

                                                    I haven't been since the Vintage name changed, but I liked their omelettes a lot, but I prefer a more traditional French toast. And, I only had this once there, but the hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict was very, very lemony. It may have been a one time thing though. The Black Forest ham was of exceptonal quality.

                                                    1. re: MaryT

                                                      Russell's has some of the best hash browns. Also, if you want to go a little east to Monrovia, the Monrovian on Myrtle. Very family style, good service and lots to choose from.

                                                2. Although it's a Saturday, I finally checked out Nano Cafe in Pasadena. I got the blueberry pancakes, with two eggs and four sausages ($8 before tax and tip). I thought the food and service were good. Unfortunately, I felt a bit rushed. My check was delivered to my table straight after I received my food. I always feel that means, "Ok, bye." Total, with beverages, tax, tip, was $15-16 for one person.

                                                  The fresh grapefruit juice was good, although I couldn't tell the difference between that and store-bought refrigerated grapefruit juice. Also, the coffee was good. They gave a lot of food, and I couldn't even finish 1/2 of it. I almost think one breakfast order would be good for two people to share.

                                                  It's a bit out of the way for me, so I probably won't be back soon. Nano is located on Michillinda, in the same parking lot as Albertson's and a Cuban buffet place. No offense to the place, because it was good, but I probably would've been just as happy at IHOP on Arroyo Parkway. In any case, it was good to try something new, and there was the convenience of grocery shopping at Albertson's afterwards. :)

                                                  Nano Cafe Inn
                                                  (626) 351-0388
                                                  975 N Michillinda Ave
                                                  Pasadena, CA 91107

                                                  1. saladang has a great breakfast (chiken juk with poached egg) they also serve reg breakfast i think..

                                                    1. I had breakfast at Cafe Verde on Green Street near Mentor with a friend last weekend. We both ordered the Mexican omelette (eggs, cheese, fresh avocado and salsa on a flat tortilla) and the cafe de la olla (coffee with a cinnamon stick and a lump of brown sugar). The meal was really good and reasonably priced. The total after tax and tip was about $30 ($15/each). My friend also ordered an orange juice. I would go back. Thanks for this rec. :)

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                                                      Cafe Verde
                                                      961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

                                                      1. I tried Yahaira's in Pasadena today for breakfast. Everything was delicious. I ordered a breakfast croissant (with eggs, avocado and tomato), a side of hashbrowns and a Mexican hot chocolate. Everything was really good, and the portions were large enough to feed two people. The total after tax and tip was about $12. Also, the croissants are made at a nearby bakery for Yahaira's, and the quality was very good (the croissant was extremely soft, flakey and buttery). I would definitely go back. Thanks for this rec. :)

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                                                        Yahaira's Cafe
                                                        698 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

                                                        1. Midweek will find me most likely in Pie 'n Burger for two plates of two thin pancakes and a coffee.