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xiomara v. mi place v. other late nite old town eats?

hi!

i have friends coming into town late and we are all thinking of getting together for a late (10:00 pm) appetzier/dinner/dessert/drinks in old town pasadena since folks may already be out in that area...

i was reading the boards and xiomara seemed to stand out to me.... i also heard about mi place.. but then i've heard mixed reviews for those.... i've been looking through the old threads, but i didn't quite find what i was looking for.

we are looking for a lively (but not TOO young) crowd where old friends can mix and mingle and catch up in a great environment with great food. i was looking at parkway grill, but it appears to be pretty expensive and i can't seem to tell if it's in old town....

someone suggested yardhouse, i thought that it was more of a "club" with food... and well, i don't think most of them will be feeling the "club" vibe....

also, will we need to make reservations for a group of about 10 folks for a late night affair????

oh and if you don't like a spot, please state why =)

thanks!!!!

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  1. I recently read somewhere that the Pasadena location of Xiomara closed and that the only one left is on Melrose.

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    1. re: yinyangdi

      Bummer! The food was excellent and they made killer mojitos with cane juice (yum).

      1. re: yinyangdi

        Xiomara in Old Pasadena is not closed (I drove by there a few days ago). Late last year, their "sister company" (Cafe Atlantic) moved into the same spot as Xiomara, so there are 2 restaurants at the same street address.

        1. re: socalqtpi

          FYI:

          EXCLUSIVE: Xiomara Pasadena Closing
          Thursday, March 22, 2007

          When we put all of Pasadena on the Deathwatch a few weeks ago, we had one of Pasadena's long-standing go-to places on the list. Xiomara just didn't look very busy anymore, then we heard it was for sale, then a reader forwarded a promotion that offered a $15 menu for 15 weeks. That kind of sealed the DW deal. Turns out, the tip about the restaurant selling was completely true. Xiomara in Old Town is in escrow, and come April 15 the only place to get those hand-shaken, fresh sugar cane mojitos will be at chef/owner Xiomara Ardolina's second location, Xiomara on Melrose. Ardolina just told Eater LA that after 15 years, it's time to slow down a bit, and since she lives near the Melrose location, she was ready to let the original go. She was emphatic that she will not be closing the Melrose location, but only "make it better." No details about the new Pasadena owners yet, but calls have been placed. More as the story develops.
          · Eater Deathwatch: Pasadena [Eater LA]
          http://la.eater.com/archives/2007/03/...

            1. re: Local

              Thanks for the update! I am glad I can still get the excellent mojitos.

            2. re: yinyangdi

              WOW...thanks for passing along that information. I guess driving by & seeing the sign lit up is not enough of an indication of how business is going. I should have done more research before posting...my bad.

              1. re: socalqtpi

                I just got off the phone with the new chef (Robert Humphreys)...Xiomara in Old Pasadena is indeed still open for dinner though they will be undergoing some renovations & may be changing the name soon. Just thought I'd pass the information along.

        2. You can make reservations at a number of Pasadena restaurants online at www.opentable.com. I made a reservation for Crepe Vine through opentable.com and for Villa Sorriso recently, without a problem.

          Mi Piace is open late. I have had dessert and coffee there. The cappucino and dessert were mediocre, but the location is good, and they have sidewalk dining. I have read negative reviews of it on this board.

          I have never been to Xiomara.

          I have been to Yardhouse at the Paseo Colorado. If you want to people watch, Mi Piace is better, because it is located on the street level of Colorado Blvd. You get a steady flow of pedestrians there. Yardhouse is upstairs in the Paseo Colorado. On the weekends, it is super crowded. It has a sports bar atmosphere. They have a very large selection of beer, and a decent appetizer list. Mi Piace has more of a sidewalk cafe feel to it. Depending on when you go, it can also be very crowded. I went to Mi Piace mid-week, late at night, and there weren't too many people there.

          Considering the time you are going, I would call to make sure they are open on the time and date that you plan to go. I am surprised by how many places close by 9 or 10 (depending on the day) in Old Pas.

          There are others who may be able to offer more info on this board. I will pass along an old thread, as well. Good luck.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38284...

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          1. re: katkoupai

            what's villa sorriso?

            i think we were going to head there during the weekend....

            i was also looking on msn city guides and they also mentioned sushi roku and cafe bizou... both of which i saw on these boards...

            oh and is the name mi PIACE or mi PLACE??? =) so i can call for reservations... have you eaten appetizers/other food there? i'm pretty open as to restaurants... so it doesn't matter if the spot is popular on these boards or not =) i just like getting a bunch of suggestions... (especially since i tend to find something good about each spot i go to if i have the right crowd with me =)

            THANK YOU EVERYONE SO FAR =)

            1. re: kinipela

              Villa Sorriso is a trendy restaurant on the corner of Colorado Blvd. and Pasadena Ave. It's basically the beginning of the strip of Old Pas. It gets very busy on weekends. I still have not gone, because I had to cancel my plans to go. I can tell you that it is very popular and very busy. I live nearby and pass it all the time. They have outdoor and indoor dining. People on this board have recommended the drinks and have said the food is mediocre to bad. I would definitely consider taking a group of friends there, but apparently, it can get pricey. Here is a link with more info on the restaurant.

              www.sorrisopasadena.com

              1. re: kinipela

                Definitely Mi Piace (mee pee-yah-chee). You'd have a lot more late night choices in Hollywood...

              2. re: katkoupai

                It is very difficult to make reservations for a large party on opentable. It's a great tool to check which places are open that late but Kinipela will probably have to call the restaurant directly for such a large group.

                1. re: foodism

                  foodism, I think you are right. I recall having no problem booking a table for 2, but I did have a problem trying to book for 6. Maybe it depends on the restaurant. I've only used opentable.com twice, but I actually liked using it.

              3. i'm not sure what day you are speaking of. some restaurants serve much later than others. in old town, your best bet is VERTICAL WINE BISTRO.

                www.verticalwinebistro.com

                1. thank you so much for all of your suggestions =) i ended up calling for a reservation at mi piace.. apparently on weekends the kitchen closes at 1 am!!!!

                  but they asked me whether we wanted to be in the restaurant or the lounge... any thoughts???

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                  1. re: kinipela

                    ack! never mind the lounge area... they said on weekend there is a $350 minimum per table... they didn't tell me that last night when i called! ack!

                    oh and i just called yet again... the kitchen closes at 1:00 am for main orders, and salads are until 1 am...

                    ack... hmm we'll see how everything else goes.. i'll post updates later....

                    1. re: kinipela

                      don't pay attention to citysearch, etc. restaurants pay big bucks to be editorialized there.

                      MI PIACE may not be your best choice even among some of the mediocre places to be.

                      1. re: kinipela

                        kinipela, I do not know about the food at Mi Piace, but I like the location. It is right on Colorado Blvd., in the heart of Old Pas. It may be end up expensive, bad food, but you might be entertained by the people. If you do go, I hope you have a good time. I just hope it's not too crowded when you go.

                    2. Wokcano is open late (until 2 AM Sun-Wed or 4 AM on Thurs-Sat) - though I'm not sure what cuisine you were interested in.