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La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena

Hollikins Mar 21, 2008 05:27 PM

Has anyone tried the newly opened La Grande Orange Cafe at the Gold Line Del Mar Station in Pasadena? I noticed it opened last week but haven't been able to find any reviews as of yet.

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    marielewis Apr 22, 2008 09:20 AM

    We've made a third visit. The lobster tacos are a MUST. They are served with freshly made corn tortillas (and I mean handmade corn tortillas) along with black beans and white rice. Very simple but gratifying. I also recommend the shaved brussel sprout salad. Great meal. Again, the service was great.

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      lexusalhambra Apr 21, 2008 08:46 PM

      I really like this place for their happy hour. Drinks are half price (even top shelf liquor) which is great. Had their nachos...HUGE portion...great heat!! also had the ahi tuna burger. Great spicy slaw that came with it. I had to send the burger back since it was supposed to come MR but it was well done and chewy...the server was more than happy to help and I ended up getting another cooked to my liking. All in all, the prices are a bit overpriced but the happy hour specials on drinks and the atmosphere really makes it a great place to go for a relaxing dinner.

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        meyersmolly Apr 16, 2008 03:12 AM

        We really love this place. We've been a few times since it's opened and have found it to be wonderful each time. The service was fabulous -- our server was friendly, personable and attentive. The food was spectacular, presented beautifully and reasonably priced. There are certainly a few kinks for them to work out, but we found the overall experience to be great.

        We also had a few drinks in the bar while waiting for our table and thought it was gorgeous, though a bit loud which is to be expected on a Friday night. The chef even brought us muffins to our table to take home, and I really appreciated the personal attention. It felt casual and comfortable, and was beautifully done and we loved the simplicity of the food and the menu. I was actually really pleased that it was so busy, especially considering the short amount of time that it's been open. Everyone was friendly and attentive, parking was easy, and we look forward to going back.

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          TroyV Apr 11, 2008 10:44 AM

          I have eaten there a few times now and I am pretty disappointed with their offerings. To me, the name La Grande Orange Cafe suggests something a little more exciting and focused than the boring and mediocre Mexican and American comfort-food they serve up. The most impressive thing about this place is the well done restoration of the historic train depot. It looks great and there is something appealing about the ambiance, although I think it's more suited for a bar. It would be great bar food! Despite fresh ingredients and ambitious touches such as homemade tortillas and ground to order burgers, the taste of the food falls short and the plating is sloppy and unappetizing. Considering I live a cigarette's flick away, I will probably take advantage of my 10% discount and order out when I don't feel like cooking, but I wouldn't recommend anyone going out of their way to dine here.

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            b0ardkn0t Apr 11, 2008 03:17 PM

            Oh, god no, give me a restaurant any day over a bar. There are more than enough bars in town.

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              pastomato Apr 14, 2008 04:22 AM

              I've tried LGO on Raymond twice since they opened, with several different dining companions, once on a Friday and once on Saturday. It really is _nothing_ like a bar, and the food is anything but "mediocre," particularly compared to other poor choices a short distance away in old-Pas.

              I really appreciate a restaurant that isn't afraid to have a short-ish, simple menu. The braised short ribs were really stunning, with a rich, concentrated sauce that was not drowning the dish. The veggies included parsnips and turnips, among the other usual suspects. And as a bonus, the short ribs are divine with an egg over top. (The chef described the over-easy egg on top as French-style, and "putting pleasure on top of pleasure." Yes, we chatted with the chef for a while, and he gave us several home-made sourdough english muffins to try at home. They want to start serving lunch and breakfast soon.) The deviled eggs starter was scrumptious, and tasted beyond fresh, with homemade mayo and herbs. Other dishes we tried were the mahi mahi tacos, the last chicken dish on the menu (sorry i don't remember the name), and the fresh, crispy, excellent brussel sprout salad -- highly recommended!

              I think a quick-glance of the menu might lead someone to believe that it is just "comfort-food," but everything me & my companions tried was done really excellently. Service was spectacular, and the atmosphere on the patio was calm, warm, and surprisingly not loud at all. Our only complaint was that the valet was extremely slow.

            2. trolley Apr 5, 2008 11:20 AM

              i went in last weekend during the day hoping it was similar to la grande orange grocery in phoenix, a combo of restaurant, deli, bakery and gourmet market. i was a bit let down to find only a restaurant but the guy there was very nice. he let me look around and gave me a menu. i told him i was hoping for a facsimile of phoenix and he said they were planning to open a market similar to the market in santa monica. this is more like chelsea's kitchen which is fine by me.

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                dellapina Apr 4, 2008 11:44 PM

                If it's anything like La Grande Orange in Phoenix, it is a MUST DO. The pizza is the best I've had (not counting New York pizza, but this stuff is totally different). We waited over an hour but it was a worthwhile investment.

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                  marielewis Mar 31, 2008 10:09 AM

                  I agree with the positive feedback on La Grande Orange Cafe. We had dinner there Friday. The atmosphere is great. Service was even better. Friendly and professional. We sat in the patio near the outdoor fireplace. I highly recommend it. The filet mignon was excellent, although medium was more medium rare.

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                    hrock Mar 27, 2008 09:45 AM

                    I gave it a try last night...loved it. First of all, the atmosphere was great. They did a beautiful job refurbishing the old train station. The place felt classy yet casual and unpretentious. Even though the LGO group are from Phoenix, the place feels as if it represents Pasadena quite well.

                    The food was delicious! My husband had the pan fried chicken which came with mashed potatoes, green beans, and surprisingly - a yummy cinnamon roll. I had the Vegetarian Tacos which were soooo goood. It had butternut squash inside. I didn't miss meat at all. I heard they use organic and local products. The food felt fresh, clean, and well presented. I attribute this awesome experience to the fact that they just opened, and it seems like everyone is putting their best foot forward. I hope they stay awesome and don't go the way of Cheesecake Factory or some other sloppy chain.

                    The prices were reasonable and there is free parking in the garage with validation.

                    Try it now before everyone else finds out about it.

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                      Hollikins Mar 27, 2008 07:58 PM

                      Thanks for the review hrock. Was the chicken your husband ordered on the bone or boneless? Any other interesting items on the menu that you might try next time you go?

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                        hrock Mar 28, 2008 05:29 PM

                        The Chicken was boneless. And Yes, everything sounded tasty. I also remember seeing Salads, Burgers, Fish, Tacos, and other delicious appetizers. They also have another place called Radio Milano next door, which I believe is a more casual Bar type atmosphere that also serves food.

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                        dustchick Mar 27, 2008 09:34 PM

                        I'm excited to hear there's an LGO in Southern California. We were regulars in Phoenix. We'll have to get there soon!

                      3. Mike Alva Mar 24, 2008 12:28 PM

                        My brother just got a job there. I will try it out soon and report back.

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                          lexusalhambra Mar 22, 2008 04:28 PM

                          i saw a review in the la times...the weekend calendar section. looks interesting...

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