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Unfamiliar w/ SoCal, where to eat in Pasadena?

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Hello, I live in Atlanta. I'm going to be in Pasadena next weekend (Aug 10-11) with my brother and sister. We are in ages 38-42. I know of nothing in Pasadena except one trip many years ago to the Cheesecake Factory! Would love a casual, not too expensive (entrees under $20? is that possible?) kind of place. I love a pub kind of atmosphere, or a casual bistro. We also love any kind of ethnic (Thai and Chinese especially as I am seriously deprived of that out here in GA). Any suggestions for my group of out-of-towners would be appreciated! (We are all from the SF Bay Area, I just happen to currently live in ATL). Thank you!!!

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  1. Well, if you love good Chinese food, you must go to the cities just to the south and east, for some of the best Chinese food on the west coast. Pasadena is in the northwestern corner of the San Gabriel Valley, and SGV has become the new destination for serious Chinese food. I am no expert on this, but search on Chowhounds for "Chinese Food San Gabriel Valley", or any of the cities in the SGV but esp. Monterey Park, Alhambra, or Rowland Heights on the eastern side, and you will strike gold ! Hopefully some others who have some good rec.s can help. You might want to also post a new thread specific to Chinese or Thai food in the SGV.

    As for Pasadena, it may be a bit more than your target price range, but consider the Parkway Grill, or Arroyo Chophouse (both owned by the same investors), two very nice but casual and well-run restaurants. There are lots of other good choices in Pasadena, have fun !

    1. Casual, not too expensive ... Mike and Anne's. www.mikeandannes.com

      For Chinese, you'll have to go to San Gabriel Valley, which is just south of Pasadena. What kind of Chinese are you looking for? Asking for "Chinese" is really, really too broad.

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      Mike & Anne's
      1040 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Mike & Anne's is also great for breakfast...we just went there this past weekend. I had a delicious omelet and my husband had amazing (according to him) corned beef hash.

      2. Saladang Song for local Thai in Pasadena...definitely better others in LA, but I still think SS is pretty good if you're wanting to stay here in Pasadena. Dining on the patio is a plus.

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        1. re: Local

          For a good pub experience and great fish and chips you might try Lucky Baldwins at 17 S. Raymond in Old Town Pasadena. and to get a real feel for the old Pasadena you might want to stop at the 35er for a pint or a shot or both.

        2. Most of the food from the SF Bay Area is Cantonese/Hong Kong, but in the L.A. area, there are many different kinds of Chinese foods: Cantonese, Hong Kong, Shanghainese, Northern, Muslim, etc. Are you looking for anything in particular?

          1. Chinese:
            Cantonese/Hong Kong
            BACCALI CAFE ROTISSERIE, 245 WEST VALLEY BLVD. ALHAMBRA, CA 91801
            BASHU 12 DISHES, SUNNY PLAZA, 529 E VALLEY ROAD, SAN GABRIEL
            CHINA BISTRO, 8310 VALLEY BLVD., ROSEMEAD, 91770, 626-307-9328
            HAR LAM KEE 150 E. GARVEY AVE., MONTEREY PARK
            HONG KONG CAFÉ, 162 WEST GARVEY AVE. MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754
            JJ HONG KONG CAFÉ, 447 W GARVEY AVE # 102, MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754, (626) 280-3833
            MAY MEI, 639 W DUARTE RD, ARCADIA, CA 91007-7332, PHONE:(626) 574-1318

            Dimsum
            888 SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 8450 E VALLEY BLVD 121, 91770, ROSEMEAD
            EMPRESS PAVILION, 988 N HILL ST, 90012, LOS ANGELES
            FULL HOUSE SEAFOOD, 1220 S. GOLDEN WEST AVE., ARCADIA, 91007, 626-446-8222
            NEW CAPITAL SEAFOOD, 7540 GARVEY AVE, ROSEMEAD, (626) 288-1899
            NEW CONCEPT RESTAURANT, 700 S. ATLANTIC BLVD., MONTEREY PARK, 91754, 626-282-6800
            OCEAN STAR SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 141 N ATLANTIC BLVD 201, 91754, MONTEREY PARK
            SEA HARBOUR 3939 N. ROSEMEAD BLVD ROSEMEAD, CA 91770 (626) 288-3939
            SEAWORLD SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, 8118 E. GARVEY AVE., #A, ROSEMEAD, 91770, 626-288-2898
            THE KITCHEN, 203 W. VALLEY BLVD., ALHAMBRA, CA 91801, 626-289-4828
            TRIUMPHAL PALACE. 500 W. MAIN ST., #A, ALHAMBRA, 91801, 626-308-3222
            SUNDAY CAFÉ, 220 N. ATLANTIC BLVD. MONTEREY PARK, 91754, 626-282-0238

            Dumplings
            DUMPLING 10053, 10053 VALLEY BLVD., EL MONTE CA 91731 (626) 350 0188
            DUMPLING HOUSE, 5612 ROSEMEAD BLVD., TEMPLE CITY, 91780, 626-309-9918
            DIN TAI FUNG DUMPLING HOUSE 1108 S BALDWIN AVE, ARCADIA, CA 91006 (626) 574-7068
            LUSCIOUS DUMPLING – 704 W LAS TUNAS DR #E4 SAN GABRIEL, CA 91776 626 282 8695
            MEILONG VILLAGE 301 W. VALLEY BLVD., #112, SAN GABRIEL 626-284-4769

            Hainan
            HAINAN CHICKEN RESTAURANT, 18406 COLIMA RD B, 91748, ROWLAND HEIGHTS

            Hunan
            CROWN CAFÉ, 1000 S. SAN GABRIEL BLVD. SAN GABRIEL (626) 286-0298
            SHIANG GARDEN 111 N ATLANTIC BLVD 351 MONTEREY PARK 91754

            Mongolian Hotpot
            DEERFIELD GARDEN, 130 S ATLANTIC BLVD, 91754 MONTEREY PARK
            LITTLE SHEEP, 120 S ATLANTIC BLVD, 91754, MONTEREY PARK
            Monland Hotpot City, 251 W. Bencamp St., San Gabriel (626)289-4889

            Islamic
            TUNG LAI SHUN, 140 W VALLEY BLVD 118C, 91776, SAN GABRIEL

            Peking Duck
            LU DIN GEE, 1039 EAST VALLEY BLVD, SAN GABRIEL, CA 91776, Tel: (626) 288-0588

            Shanghai/Huiyang
            GREEN VILLAGE, 140 W VALLEY BLVD 207, 91776, SAN GABRIEL
            JZ RESTAURANT 727-729 E VALLEY BLVD 91776 SAN GABRIEL
            LAKE SPRING 219 E GARVEY AVE 91754 MONTEREY PARK
            GIANG NAN RESTAURANT 306 N GARFIELD AVE A12 91754 MONTEREY PARK

            Seafood
            CAPITAL SEAFOOD, 755 W GARVEY AVE MONTEREY PARK, CA 626-282-3318

            Shanxi
            HEAVY NOODLING/SHANXI DAOXIAO MIAN, 153 E. GARVEY, 91754 MONTEREY PARK

            Shenyang
            HOMESTYLE RESTAURANT, 301 W VALLEY BLVD 115, 91776, SAN GABRIEL
            SHEN YANG RESTAURANT, 4909 SANTA ANITA AVE, 91731, EL MONTE

            Sichuan
            BEST SZECHUAN CHILI SEAFOOD, 230 N GARFIELD AVE #12, 91754 MONTEREY PARK
            BEST SZECHUAN RESTAURANT, 534 E VALLEY BLVD 5, 91776, SAN GABRIEL
            CHUNG KING 206 S GARFIELD AVE MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754
            HONG YEI RESTAURANT, 288 S. SAN GABRIEL BLVD., SAN GABRIEL, CA 91776, 626 614 8188
            LUCKY DRAGON, 321 W. GARVEY AVE., MONTEREY PARK; (626) 573-5060
            ORIENTAL PEARL, 227 W. VALLEY, SAN GABRIEL. 626.281.1898
            YUNGUI GARDENS - 301 N. GARFIELD AVE. MONTEREY PARK, CA 91754

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            1. re: suvro

              Great list.

              FYI - Heavy Noodling closed.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                OK. I have removed it from my list (for next posting).

              2. re: suvro

                Great list! Here some updates:

                Tung Lai Shun has changed ownership and is no longer Islamic
                New Concept has been replaced by Elite. I hear the food is still pretty good.
                Sunday Cafe has closed. I believe they reopened as Sunday Bistro in Alhambra