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Mar 26, 2007 11:15 AM

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).


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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.

                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. :)