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!
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.
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
24 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
90 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Aux Delices French Bakery
16 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
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.
245 E Green St, Pasadena, CA