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Inexpensive places to eat lunch in Pasadena along 210?

I work in Monrovia, my friend at JPL, so we often meet in Pasadena for lunch, along the 210. There's only so much The Hat and Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles we can eat.

I'm thinking between Lake and Santa Anita, but those aren't hard rules. More than 10 minutes off the freeway and we're cutting into valuable eating time!

Any recommendations would be appreciated. I'm looking for places that are above McDonalds and below $15/person.

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  1. Tonny's and Top's come to mind.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      While I was off looking for the Top's Kobe beef burger thread you were recommending it! This is the location that is just barely off the 210 Fwy at 3838 E. Colorado Blvd.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432338

        1. re: ecpark10

          Third Top's - it's cheap, tasty and you can practically see 210 (at least the on ramp) from the parking lot. Their pastrami sandwich is better than Hat.

      1. Viva La Estrella Tacos

        Lupita's

        Lee's Hoagie House

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        Lee's Hoagie House
        2269 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

        1. A few off the top of my head:

          Viva Tacos La Estrella
          Lupita's
          Lee's Hoagie House

          I've tried to add links for all of them, but I'm unable to add more than one link.
          Lee's is on Colorado near Sierra Madre. Lupita's is at Colorado & Sierra Madre. La Estrella is on Foothill & Altadena.

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          Lee's Hoagie House
          2269 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

          1. Don't forget Fredo's for very good cheesesteaks and the Pie 'n Burger for excellent hamburgers, hash browns, and pies. (PnB could stretch your 10-minute rule, depending on the traffic.)

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

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

            1. Europane on Colorado (950 E. Colorado) - just east of Lake- has great sandwiches and other goodies. You could also try Robin's Woodfire bbq on Rosemead near Foothill - casual place, decent lunch fare. There is also a Whole Foods across the street... and a Chipotle just west on Foothill.