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pasadena gems??

so my girlfriend and I just started volunteering at the humane socity/spca in Pasadena, wheres all the gems? we are coming from the san fernando valley, so anything in between...burbank, glendale, etc..? thanks

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  1. Adam--Do you and your girlfriend prefer any types of food or have any that you don't like? Are you talking about cheap eats?

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    1. re: chowhound chloe

      in South Pasadena, on Mission, just west of Fairoaks.

      in Glendale

      in Highland Park, on York, west of Ave 52

      I'll keep thinking.

    2. Pie 'n Burger
      913 E. California Blvd.
      Pasadena, CA 91106

      - One of the best Burgers around and good pie too - go figure.

      720 N Lake Ave
      Pasadena, CA 91104
      (626) 798-9905

      - The Best cheese steak anywhere.

      1. Europane-Egg Salad Sandwiches, any pastry
        Pasadena on Colorado and Oak Knoll?

        Auntie Em's-Meatloaf Sandwich, cupcakes,
        Eagle Rock on Eagle Rock Blvd

        Nonna's-Garlic Knots and Slice of pizza
        South Pasadena on Fair Oaks

        Mamma's-Slice of pizza
        South Pasadena on Fair Oaks

        Porto's-Potato Balls and pastries
        Glendale on Brand Avenue

        If you'll go to Fredo's, go a little farther east and go to Tops to try the Kobe burger. Rosemead Blvd and Michillinda.

        Zankou-I think people should try it once. Pasadena on Colorado, but they have one in Burbank too.

        Oinkster-Fries, must get the fries.
        Eagle Rock on Colorado Blvd.

        1. Almost forgot, Lucky Boy on Arroyo Parkway for a breakfast burrito.

          Marston's on Walnut Avenue for awesome french toast.

          Green Street Cafe for good Diane salad and zucchini bread.

          My Taco-Highland Park on York Blvd between avenue 64 and Figueroa for a great potato taco and sopes.

          Can you tell I'm hungry and it's past dinner time for me.

          1. Central Park is one of my favorite newish lunch/dinner spots, and walking distance from the PHS buildings - it's on Fair Oaks just a block north from Del Mar, facing the park (hence the name). One of the best bar burgers around, and the sand dabs and the flatiron steak are killer. Get the potato gratin instead of the mashed potatoes. Fries are good too. And welcome to a great Humane Society! We're active with their fund-raising group.

            1. fredos cheese steak greeaatt nice guy owns the place ask for pickles and cherry peppers he has them but not on display as i learned too late .roma deli on lake great place marzano tomatoes cheese all deli meats first class sausage i havent tried it yet.olive bread ootw out of this world. the owner is a trip i wanted to take him home to my wife who is a paison.im not but italian is my fave.last eagle rock italian bakery cookies of my yute cannolis boars head black and whites torture i bought 5 pounds of cookies. on the way back to alta loma they were calling me jim jim jim forgot the bread yum i gained 2.3 pounds today

              1. Busters Ice Cream
                1006 Mission St
                South Pasadena

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                1. re: MahiMahiFish

                  If you like the ice cream at Buster's, why not go to the original source? Buster's gets their ice cream from Fosselman's, which is just down the street in Alhambra.


                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    2nd the rec. for Fossleman's. They've got Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream as their flavor of the month, super delicious!

                2. what is your budget Adam? I'm guessing pretty cheap?

                  In Pasadena I recommend The Green Street Restaurant. Marston's for brunch(but not that cheap), give Pie N Burger a try. The Gourmet Cobbler Factory is a hidden gem but mostly takeout food (http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com/2007/...). Saladang Song has a really nice outdoor seating area. Oh, and Avanti has great pizza.
                  For more upscale there's Celestino on Lake, Arroyo Chop House.

                  In Eagle Rock: Auntie Em's Kitchen, Oinkster. Maybe Blue Hen (it's good but portion is tiiiiny, which makes it expensive IMO


                  In Glendale: Porto's! (you gotta at least visit once!)

                  1. I have to second Shiro (1505 Mission Street) in South Pasadena. I think it's dinner only, though. I've been going there for years, and I never get tired of it. The food is Franco-Japanese, and they have the most amazing crispy catfish ever. Also, even though it's a chain, Houston's (320 S. Arroyo Pkwy) is really solid - fantastic "fall of the bone" ribs. Actually, everything is really good here including what I think is one of the best burgers in L.A. - the California Burger. Open all day. My favorite in Glendale is Far Niente (204 N. Brand Blvd.) Open all day for some excellent Italian. I love their flat crispy bread, fried calamari, pastas, pizzas, and a variety of specials.

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                      1. Brits Restaurant and Pub - Best British pub food in the area. Killer fish and chips.

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                        1. re: Kevitivity

                          Completely agree with Brits, and thier happy hour (esp burgers and pints) are great deals.

                        2. Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria on Colorado (right next to Brits) or Avanti Cafe on Union/Lake. Seating is limited for Big Mama's, but really good crust.
                          Big Mama's: https://36pizza.com/?page=42

                          1. very close to the humane society--elements kitchen 107 s fair oaks ste 110, pasadena

                            1. Welcome to PHSSPCA! (I make the opposite trip of you and your girlfriend, volunteering at L.A. city east and west valley, but also put in an appearance at Pasadena when needed.)

                              I recall from some of your previous reports that you like vegetarian food - or that you're vegetarian - or vegan? Anyway, my recommendations are based on that - sorry if I'm mis-remembering.

                              - Orean Health Express on Lake Ave. - Vegetarian and Vegan fast food - quite tasty (coming from an ominvore).

                              - Tibet-Nepal House - an interesting cuisine and many vegetarian options.

                              - Europane Bakery on Colorado - I know it was mentioned up-thread, but it's worth repeating - excellent pastries and sandwiches.

                              - Bulgarini Gelato in Altadena at the top of Lake Ave. - just search on the board for references, I think it's incredible.

                              - Chinese food - at the PHSSPCA, you're about 10-minutes from the Asian areas of the SGV, with many vegetarian options - I can't recall any restaurant names off the top of my head, but a search should yield good results.

                              - Fredo's Phillys - not vegetarian, but he can make the sandwiches with chicken, if you eat fowl. I know that he can / does make a vegetarian sandwich, but I've not had one.

                              I'll keep pondering this one for you - enjoy your time with the animals!

                              Tibet Nepal House
                              36 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

                              Euro Pane Bakery
                              950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

                              Fredo's Phillys
                              720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

                              Bulgarini Gelato
                              749 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

                              Orean Health Express
                              817 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104