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Saturday Lunch in Pasadena

Bella79 Aug 16, 2007 08:15 AM

My family including my 88 year-old Grandma are coming to visit me this weekend & I am trying to find a good lunch spot in Pasadena. Some place with yummy sandwiches & salads would be perfect. Also a spot without a long wait and that has air-conditioning is key as I don't my Gram out in the heat too long. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. The Oracle RE: Bella79 Aug 16, 2007 09:58 AM

    Green Street Restaurant sounds like the spot to me. There may be a slight wait, depending on what time you arrive on Saturday.... They also have a few chairs on the inside you can sit to wait for a table. While it can tend to get crowded in the waiting area, when packed, I'd HOPE someone would be decent enought to offer your grandmother their seat!

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      Clare K RE: The Oracle Aug 16, 2007 11:23 AM

      I second Green Street. Great sandwiches and salad and very friendly service. Cute atmosphere too.

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        rantsnravesnreviews RE: Clare K Aug 16, 2007 11:24 AM

        Green Street would be great for Gramma! A nice variety, and not too stuffy.

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        The Oracle RE: The Oracle Aug 16, 2007 12:56 PM

        ...also, I'm pretty sure they take reservations for groups over 5 or 6

      3. ipsedixit RE: Bella79 Aug 16, 2007 12:29 PM


        2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108

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          Clare K RE: ipsedixit Aug 16, 2007 01:33 PM

          Julienne gets really crowded, so I'd try to make a reservation today if you can (if they even take ressies, I don't know). But good food.

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          lizzy q RE: Bella79 Aug 16, 2007 01:59 PM

          Scarlett Tea Room would be a nice place to take grandma. Great sandwiches and salads. My mom's favorite place when she comes to visit. I love the mushroom sandwich. http://www.scarlettearoom.com/

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            gordita RE: Bella79 Aug 16, 2007 06:34 PM

            Perhaps, if the year was 1982, I'd send you to Green St.. But, I beg you, don't take grandma there. I second Scarlet Tea room, or, I love the Huntington( for you non-Pasadenians, Ritz Carlton) . Skip poolside, food is marginal. Go to dining room and have a proper meal. Walk over the bridge after lunch and enjoy the hotel. I also love Crepevine, but tends to get warm inside and tables are very close.

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              rantsnravesnreviews RE: gordita Aug 16, 2007 06:49 PM

              Is the Dinning Room open for lunch?

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                Local RE: rantsnravesnreviews Aug 16, 2007 08:04 PM

                Nope, the Dining Room is dinner only. The Terrace is open for lunch.


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                  gordita RE: Local Aug 16, 2007 09:00 PM

                  too bad!

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                The Oracle RE: gordita Aug 17, 2007 10:25 AM

                ...the 80's made a come back, ya know. ;) But, seriously - even though Green Street has been around for 20 years or so - I'd hardly call them outdated. They did some remodeling a few years back and I think it's got a pleasant, lunch-time feel. The times I've taken family or friends there - it has pleased a wide range of palates, as they have a diverse selection of salads and sandwiches that rarely disappoints.

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                  gordita RE: The Oracle Aug 17, 2007 05:09 PM

                  Ugh, Is all I can say.

              3. cant talk...eating RE: Bella79 Aug 16, 2007 06:43 PM

                My dad, who works down the street, highly recommends Lovebirds Cafe:

                It's on Colorado, and might fit your requirements. Green St., to me, is like Cafe Bizou - unremarkable food and too much of it. But again, that's just me.

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                  gordita RE: cant talk...eating Aug 16, 2007 07:05 PM

                  Love birds is a cafe, just to make that distinction. Yes, I'm sure the Ritz dining room is open for lunch. FYI, tea is fun there too.

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                  Bella79 RE: Bella79 Aug 17, 2007 11:02 AM

                  Thanks for the suggestions. I think Green Street would work & I have always wanted to try the Dianne Salad I hear so much about.

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                    The Oracle RE: Bella79 Aug 17, 2007 11:56 AM

                    ...just a note on the salads - they are HUGE - you can easily share one between 2 people and be stuffed!

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