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Any suggestions for a girls lunch in the Pasadena area. It's the first time I'll be seeing my best friend from out of town since she got engaged last month and thought it would be fun to do lunch on Saturday. We will be doing a little bridesmaid shopping beforehand.

I'm looking for something nice but not too fancy. I'm thinking mimosas, bloody marys...and some good food - salad, sandwiches, etc. I've decided the Ritz is too formal and Pie N' Burger is too casual (though i love it!). There will be 3 of us.

Any suggestions would be great!

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  1. Green Street Cafe is very nice. It's off Lake Ave, behind Williams Sonoma. Very good salads, and I'm pretty sure they serve alcohol.

    1. My mom and I had lunch at Bistro de la Gare in South Pas yesterday - I had wine, but I'm sure they have other types of beverages as well

      1. I second Green Street Cafe, possibly Marston's (though they tend to get really crowded). Another one worth checking out is Central Park.

        If you want to do a afternoon tea type of thing (definitely very girly) -- Tea Rose Garden & Scarlet Tea Room are good options, so is Rose Tree Cottage (Chado Tea Room is OK - teas tend to come out too bland there).

        ~H.C.
        http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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        1. re: AquaW

          I think green street would be perfect. Its not casual, but also not formal. Good food, and I know a lot of girls like their choices for salads and sandwiches( I have 2 older sisters and ex's who frequented these places). Menu can be found here http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com/

          Julienne recommended below is also a great choice. I'd never go there alone (i'm a 25 year old dude who uses the word dude lol enough said), but I've been dragged there by ex-gf's and sisters and can appreciate it for what it is. I know a ton of girls who love this place for breakfast/lunch/brunch.

        2. Try 750ml in South Pasadena - its focus is wine not liquor though (as the name suggests)

          1. Slightly nicer (although a CHAIN-horrors!) is Il Fornaio, which is near the Restoration Hardware store.

            24 W. Union Street.

            Place links not working.

            1. Thank you! these are all great suggestions!

              1. Not quite pasadena, but south pas san marino-ish is Julienne's. So cute, garden like setting. http://www.juliennetogo.com/

                1. The patio at Cafe Santorini would be nice, if it's not raining saturday... cuisine is more of a mediterranean fare vs. straight salads/sandwiches. Full bar.