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Jury Duty in Pasadena - where to eat?

Michelle Jun 24, 2008 12:28 PM


I will soon have jury duty in Pasadena. I remember from a few years ago that a California Pizza Kitchen and McCormick & Schmick's are within walking distance. Any other recommendations for lunch? I don't know the area that well. Is old town within walking distance? Thanks for any advice!

  1. katkoupai Jul 4, 2008 12:15 PM

    In the Paseo Colorado, I recommend the Gelson's salad bar or the hot food bar. The fresh carved turkey sandwiches are good, and you get a choice of two sides. I like the butternut squash and the mashed potatoes and gravy. The salad bar and dressings are also very good. A big salad or a sandwich plate will run you about $10.

    Gelson's Markets
    245 E Green St, Pasadena, CA

    1. DanaB Jun 24, 2008 05:02 PM

      The walk to old town is about 6-8 blocks. It's definitely doable on the 1-1/2 hours lunch break one usually gets during jury duty. I used to work in the area and I have to say, I miss the lunch options over there -- nothing mind-blowing, but there are a number of good, solid, tasty food choices.

      My recommendations include:

      Tortas Mexico, on Fair Oaks just south of Holly on the east side of the street. Good carne asada tacos, tostadas and tortas. They have a really tasty red salsa. I like the carne asada and cheese taco in particular.

      Father Nature, on Delacey just north of Colorado. This place has sort of a healthy variant of shwarma sandwiches, made with chicken. The ingredients are good quality, and they also have a tasty lentil soup.

      Aux Delices, on Colorado just west of Fair Oaks, on the south side of the street. This little french bakery has decent sandwiches at good prices, nice croissants and some of the best potato salad in town.

      Noodle World, on Colorado just west of Fair Oaks. Yes, it's an "Asian Fusion" chain, but they make some tasty noodles. I really like their pad see ew.

      There's also decent Indian food to be had at both All India Cafe and Akbar, both on Fair Oaks.

      Akbar Cuisine of India
      44 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

      All India Cafe
      39 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

      Father Natures Lavash Wraps
      17 N De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

      Noodle World
      24 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

      Tortas Mexico
      90 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

      Aux Delices French Bakery
      16 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

      1. ipsedixit Jun 24, 2008 02:43 PM

        Try Market O.

        Market O
        34 East Holly St
        (626) 796-3474

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        1. re: ipsedixit
          monkuboy Jul 3, 2008 07:55 AM

          Don't just tantalize us.. how about a little description?

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            ipsedixit Jul 3, 2008 09:19 AM

            Pretty good, not great, teriyaki bowls and plates. All organic. Good for a quick bite when you're in the 'hood.

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              monkuboy Jul 3, 2008 01:46 PM


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          ecpark10 Jun 24, 2008 02:33 PM

          king taco!!! on the east edge of old town (on arroyo parkway). it's a walkable distance as ogawak said.
          u can definetely go there and back during lunch break. i did it before.

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          1. re: ecpark10
            SeaCook Jun 24, 2008 02:45 PM

            I'll second Taco King. It's a small chain but good food and prices.

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              Ogawak Jun 24, 2008 02:53 PM

              Yeah, King Taco is probably one of the better choices in Olde Towne. I love their sopes, but the tacos are good.

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                Will Owen Jul 2, 2008 05:42 PM

                It WAS a great choice, but it's gone! Just noticed that Saturday evening. That whole part of the building has been emptied and repainted, obviously for some tenant who'll pay more rent than the Taco people wanted to...the dark side of Urban Renewal.

                1. re: Will Owen
                  ElsieDee Jul 29, 2008 11:40 PM

                  Actually, Will, it looks like King Taco is still there ... I'm 90% certain I drove by it this afternoon. Looks like whatever was on the south west corner of Union and Raymond was pulled out, though.

                  Or maybe it's just that the signs for King Taco are still up?

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              SeaCook Jun 24, 2008 02:23 PM

              Whatever you do DON'T eat at Hutch's Barbeque no matter it right next to the court building. The food is terrible.

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                WildSwede Jul 30, 2008 11:45 AM

                So agreed!

              2. CookieEater Jun 24, 2008 02:21 PM

                You're also near the Rick's Drive In that people on this board seem to like a lot. I haven't gotten around to trying it yet. Burgers and stuff.

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                  Will Owen Jun 24, 2008 02:23 PM

                  Yes, good burgers, but you have to sit outside to eat. Okay if it's not hot...

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                    WildSwede Jul 30, 2008 11:41 AM

                    I am not a fan of their burgers - their tostadas and tacos do it for me! With lots of their hot sauce!

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                  Ogawak Jun 24, 2008 02:17 PM

                  Olde Towne is indeed walking distance, but it's a long walk. A bit shorter walk away is Paseo Colorado with a variety of chain restaurants.

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                    WildSwede Jul 30, 2008 11:45 AM

                    Also there is that Rotisserie Chicken place on Los Robles just north of Colorado (east side of the street). A lot of people seem to like it. There are also several places on Colorado running parallel to the Paseo - Tiffany's (good sandwiches, hot dogs, stuff like that), Thai Dishes (which I don't, personally, like but others in the office do), Ruth's Chris. Also, the Culinary School's cafe is on Oakland just south of Green (street south of Colorado). Then you have La Fiesta Grande, Sitar Indian on Colorado east of Los Robles by a couple of blocks.

                  2. Quik Jun 24, 2008 02:01 PM

                    You are near the eateries at Paseo Colorado.

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