Good Fish in Pasadena
Briganti (South Pasadena)
Shiro (South Pas.)
Smitty's (not much different than Parkway tho)
Madeleine's (on Green Street)
all appropriate for an octogenarian's birthday (same as my parental's...and they love M.Akira). Gerlach's- meh, the last time I went; also given it's not much more than a take-out place, imho, not where I'd take my dad for his birthday, except maybe for lunch.
Gotta add my 2 cents in about Servorg's recommending Gerlach's Grill for father's B-day dinner. That's a good 1 ! IT'S STRICTLY TAKEOUT from an open air window with a bench to sit on while you're waiting. Servorg, you gotta admit you deserve sum good natured chiding, if not downright chastisement.
Gerlach's does have a variety of fresh well prepared, good size portions of fish. Very inexpensive. Tasty tarter sauce but the sides except for the salad are pretty much blah. If you get there b4 5:30 their lunch fish plates are only about $6.00. That's a heckofa deal for a nice piece of fish.
Gerlach's Grill, corner of Fair Oaks and Glenarm, attached to liquor store.
Yeah, yeah. I was mixing up Cameron's, which I found to have pretty mediocre to not so good fish but a nice environment, and Gerlach's - which to me had pretty darn good fish but is more of a shack a la Yuca's.
So I'll take me lumps from you swabies (as Popeye would say). Tell you what. I'll lay off recommending Gerlach's for birthday and anniversary celebrations if you'll pledge to not mention any restaurant with a number in its name for a month.
My friend had a wonderful snapper dish at Scarantio's Italian restaurant last night. It was a huge piece of fish cooked perfectly with a white wine/butter/caper sauce. Very nice, They also had Salmon and Halibut as specials and I overheard one of the waiters tell another diner that you have 4 different preparation/sauce choices. The snapper was only $13.99 and came with a side of spaghetti marinara along with their delicious bread, soup and salad. Great deal!
Also, Cameron's seafood is very nice.
Have never had fish at Derek's, but can assume judging from other meals that I have had there that it would be good.
Here's something different ... San Marino Seafood Market.
Quaint little place on the corner of Huntington and Del Mar. Get a bottle of wine from the wine shop next door, order up, sit outside and soak up a SoCal summer evening.
If you want something a bit more formal, try Shiro in South Pasadena. It's Franco/Japanese, but very good and offers a wide variety of seafood items.
San Marino Seafood Market
2150 Huntington Dr
1505 Mission St.
San Marino Seafood
2150 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108
eatemup, With Parkway Grill as a reference point. I'd recommend you check out Maison Akira, Celestino's, or Derek's Bistro. DB"s is more upscale foodwise and pricier, but Hey- It's your father's 82nd b-day. Follow The Oracle's advice : "call to see what they have planned for that's night's menu (if possible). "