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Good Fish in Pasadena

My 82 year old Father loves fish and we are taking him out Friday night for his birthday. We have been to Parkway Grill (always good) and McCormick & Shmicks (OK). Looking for something different. Suggestions?

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  1. Gerlach's Grill
    1075 S Fair Oaks Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    (626) 799-7575

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    1. re: Servorg

      is this really a place to take an 82 year-old for his birthday? Come on.

        1. re: Servorg

          I wrote before I read the whole thread. Duly noted.

    2. Maison Akira
      Cafe Santorini
      Briganti (South Pasadena)
      Shiro (South Pas.)
      Celestino
      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.

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      1. re: Local

        You are right. Don't know what I was thinking, except that we had good fish here a couple of times. Your suggestions are all much better. Thanks.

        1. re: Servorg

          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.

          1. re: burger

            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.

      2. Head to Derek's Bistro.... would be a great alternative for dad's b'day and has wonderful fish. I'd call before and see what they have planned for that's night's menu (if possible).

        http://www.dickensonwest.com/

        1. 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.

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          1. re: WildSwede

            I would second Cameron's for their Blackened Swordfish. Decor may be a bit drab for a nice birthday dinner though..

            1. re: adevejian

              I wouldn't call the decor at Cameron's drab, just casual. The food and prices are in line with a casual place. Their fish is usually just OK.
              I go there when I'm in the mood for an inexpensive decent dinner of sourdough bread, cole slaw, potatoes au gratin, and fish.

          2. Not so "different" but there's also Houston's.

            1. 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
              San Marino
              626-943-8862

              Shiro
              http://restaurantshiro.com/index.html
              1505 Mission St.
              South Pasadena
              626-799-4774

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              San Marino Seafood
              2150 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108

              1. 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). "

                www.maisonakira.com

                www.dickensonwest.com