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Jury Duty in Pasadena - where to eat?


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!

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  1. You are near the eateries at Paseo Colorado.

    1. 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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      1. re: Ogawak

        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. 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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        1. re: CookieEater

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

          1. re: Will Owen

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

        2. 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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          1. 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

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

              1. re: ecpark10

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

                1. re: Ogawak

                  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

                    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?

              2. Try Market O.

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

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                1. re: ipsedixit

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

                  1. re: monkuboy

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

                2. 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. 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