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Late Night Dining or Dessert Options in Pasadena

Where is open late at night in Pasadena, in terms of dining and/or desserts? It seems after 9PM on a Sunday, the only options become drive-thrus, Starbucks or Famima.

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  1. Don't know about dining because I'm an early eater... as far as desserts go I know for sure 21 Choices is open until 11 pm on Sundays... I like the desserts at Mi Piace and shouldn't they be open past 9 pm?

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    1. re: amandine

      Yes, I think Mi Piace is open late-- it's one of the few places that is open late. I enjoyed a late-night dessert there once, but I forget which day of the week it was. I think you are right about 21 Choices, as well. Thanks. :)

    2. Tops is open until 11 p.m. on Sundays.

      Equator Cafe in Old Town is open until 1 or 2 a.m. on Sundays I think.

      Tops Burgers
      1792 E. Walnut St.
      (626) 584-0244

      Equator Cafe
      22 Mills Place
      Old Town Pasadena
      (626) 564-8656

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Thanks. I have been trying to do my own internet searches on this topic, and I haven't been coming up with much. There are many old threads on Chowhound, but it was too overwhelming to read through them all.

        I have wanted to try Tops for a long time. :)

        I may check out Equator Cafe for dessert. A burger and fries from Tops can wait until another day. :)

        1. re: katkoupai

          Good call for Ipse. On Saturday night I could not think of a place to go that was close to home after 11:00pm. Then I thought of Tops. Try the Pastrami dip. IMO it is better than the Hat. The roll and pastrami are better. A good side for the pastrimi is their Deep Fried Zucchini. It does not get better than Tops for Deep Fried Zucchini. One pastrimi and a small Deep Fried Zucchini is a meal for two. Also try the Asada Tostada Salad. Good salad and very good asada topped with fresh avacado. I like to use their green salsa as a dressing. In the morning maybe try a Pastrami & egg breakfast burrito for a really big breakfast.

          Tops
          3838 E Colorado Blvd
          Pasadena, CA 91107-3940
          (626) 449-4412
          http://www.topsburger.com/home.html

          Tops Drive
          1792 E Walnut St
          Pasadena, CA 91106-1618
          (626) 584-0244
          http://www.topsburger.com/home.html

          1. re: JeetJet

            Thank you, JeetJet. I have passed by Tops a few times, and I've nearly stopped in, but I want to wait until a time when I'm *really* hungry. I really want to try their Tostada Salad with carne asada. :-)

        2. re: ipsedixit

          What are your thoughts on Equator Cafe? I've never been, because my impression of it is that it's a bar/lounge atmosphere that serves coffee instead of alcohol. And I'm not the biggest fan of "fusion." Am I completely off-base with this?

          1. re: amandine

            No, you're not completely off-base.

            Dunno about "fusion" but I consider Equator Cafe sort of like a more "grown-up" Buster's.

            1. re: amandine

              kat u already know my opinions on mi piace =)

              so here's some new stuff =)

              oh i love equator cafe. they have really good shakes there.. once they offered this special chocolate cake type of shake that had real bits and pieces of cake in there... it was soo good. although, i went back recently and well, they had no clue what i was talking about... it's a very chill kick back vibe whenever i am out there. even if they don't have that shake that i had, their drinks are really very good and filling...

              isn't there a melting pot in old town? if so, i haven't been to that specific one, but melting pot has good dessert fondues. i like getting the smore's fondue with a nice glass of wine. the dessert fondue plates come with marshmallows, fruit, ound cake, graham crackers.. if you can dip it, it's on the plate..

              there's also that one candy store.. leonida's? i think it's called. they sell chocolate truffles. they are open pretty late too... i think until 11 pm or so... the chocolates are really rich. very very good... =) my friend just had them as one of his wedding favors... and boy did i appreciate that =)

              1. re: kinipela

                Thank you, kinipela. I didn't realize Leonida's is open late. I have been to the Melting Pot in Old Pas. I went with a friend, and we both enjoyed it. That's another place that gets torn up on Chowhound, but we had fun. :)