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Jun 28, 2008 11:06 PM

Pasadena breakfast/brunch

Well, I've given up trying to find a board that covers mainly breakfast and brunch in Pasadena. I guess 53,000+ boards wasn't enuf to cover this question. So, my fellow chowhounds your my lifeline. I've tried Yahaira's, Wheatberry (recently closed), Cafe Verde. Any other good recommendations out here from you hounds? Also, can anyone confirm if the 561 Cafe (the Culinary Institue School restaurant) does breadkfast or brunch? Thanks a brunch!

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  1. Lots of choices ... just off the top of my head:

    The Raymond
    Firefly Bistro
    Green Street
    Mike and Anne's
    La Nueva Posada
    Andy's Coffee Shop
    Central Park
    Pie N Burger
    Wolfe Burger

    1. A couple of options come to mind.... Central Park on Fair Oaks is my current favorite place for breakfast on the weekends. Green St. Cafe on Shopper's Lane (just east of Lake) is also popular on this board. A couple of less-often listed places, but that I still feel are very good
      -Heirloom, in South Pasadena on Mission
      -Kathleen's, on Lake, about 3 minutes north of 210 fwy, west side of the street.

      Hope you enjoy.

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      1. re: kotatsu

        I really wanted to like Kathleen's, but for some weird reason all the cold things there are suuuuuper cold. First the room was freezing and the a/c blasted so hard I had to try to switch tables. Then the spinach salad was very nearly frozen and had actual ice crystals. I forgot about it thinking it was just an anomaly, but several days later I mentioned the name of the place to a coworker and she said I don't like that place, everything there is so cold!

        Anyway, any of these places people mention here are worth trying. But Pasadena still hasn't given me that transcendent breakfast experience that I've been looking for.

        If we're sticking strictly to Pasadena (not South Pas or Monrovia), Marston's is my favorite for traditional breakfast foods. Roscoe's is my favorite non-traditional.
        I bet Green Street would be good, their menu sounds yummy.

        1. re: CookieEater

          I don't remember Green Street's omelettes, but their pancakes aren't good, if I remember correctly they were dry and bland. You'd think Green Street can do a decent pancake but I thought it was one of the worst pancakes I ever had. I prefer their dinners.

      2. ipsedixit has a nice list to start with. :)

        In addition, Marston's and Le Pain Quotidien.

        Marston's Restaurant
        151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

        Le Pain Quotidien
        88 Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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        1. re: exilekiss

          Exiledkiss: I 4got bout Marston's. I've been there a fav.
          Kotatsu: Been to Green St but never 4 breakfast. Gotta get there 1 day in the morning.

        2. Not Pasadena but I also like Peach Cafe in Monrovia

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          1. re: RoxyGrl

            I second the Peach Cafe rec-Monrovia is about a 10 minute drive from Pasadena. Marston's is also quite good but it gets really crowded. Central Park also serves up some worthy breakfast and I have yet to try their weekend items! I don't think I saw it on this board but Europane (near Wheatberry actually) has some killer items, I've enjoyed just about every pastry/sandwich I've ordered there.

            1. re: crystaw

              The Langham (formerly Ritz Carlton, Pasadena) is a beautiful setting. Russell's in Old Town has the best bacon I've ever had. Just a little further out in Eagle Rock is Camilo's on Colorado. I have very reliable information from friends whose taste in food I respect that it is very good. I just haven't gotten there myself but intend to in the next couple of weeks. Euro Pane is missing from the above lists as well. It is primarily an awesome little bakery with a small breakfast and lunch menu and bistro style seating. Nicole's in South Pasadena is primarily a specialty foods store but again has nice bistro seating for breakfast and lunch. The croissants, baguettes and brioche are delicious.

              1. re: Fru

                Russell's is my choice when the line at Marston's is too long on weekends. Which is to say, pretty much always.

                30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                1. re: maxzook

                  My first choice is Russell's. Best banana nut pancakes, so soft and so rich. Also they have the best sausage to go with their breakfast dishes and good rich coffee. Also a vote for Europane.

                  1. re: misseatalot

                    I've tried Russell's, Central Park and Marston's. My first choice would be Russell's. Marston's is good, but I thought the portions were huge. Order one plate and share there. Central Park is also decent.

                    Central Park Cafe
                    219 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

                    Marston's Restaurant
                    151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

                    30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                    1. re: katkoupai

                      Kat, where's good Persian comfort food in Pasadena? Is Caravan Serai still around?

                      1. re: Foodieaholic

                        I have seen Caravan Serai but I have never tried it. It's near the Pasadena Playhouse. There is a Persian restaurant called Heidar Baba, across the street from PCC. I have never tried it.

                        My family likes Raffi's in Glendale and It's All Good in Reseda. I like Shamshiri Grill in Westwood.


                2. re: Fru

                  if you're heading to eagle rock, auntie em's has an AMAZING brunch! i went every week when i lived in the area
                  EDIT: just noticed someone already recommended it - my recs on what to order there (besides cupcakes!) are below

                3. re: crystaw

                  Cry, thanks for your recommends. Wheatberry is dead, i.e., now closed. I was last there about in May. Love EuroPane, but isn't their breakfast selections very limited? I need to convince Sumi de owner to expand her "breakfast" menu.

                  1. re: Foodieaholic

                    Euro Pane has mostly pastries, French toast some days, good coffee, and that egg salad sandwich. The sandwiches and soup are great for more brunchie options.

                    Marston's: seriously, the French Toast is still decadent and delicious.

                    I had a horrible bruncha at Cafe Bizou not too long ago. Green Street breakfast is really pedestrian and very crowded, but the zucchini bread is pretty tasty. I saw a nice looking brunch menu on that hidden spot on Green in Old Town, Green Street Tavern I think is the name.
                    Haven't tried it yet, but like I said, the menu looked good, not too expensive. My guess is the food is 100 times better than Twin Palms across the way.

                  2. re: crystaw

                    I third Peach Cafe. I was so pleasantly surprised. Plus they serve breakfast all day! Yippee!

                4. Definitely try Marston's (see my post
                  )I've had the eggs benedict, the french toast, and some salads and were all great.

                  Also, second Green St Restaurant. And if you wanna venture a little further, try Auntie Em's Kitchen in Eagle Rock (


                  Also, 561 Cafe definitely does breakfast, but only til 10ish and then reopens for lunch at 12. Remember they're not open Sat Sun though. I wasn't too impressed when I went - seems to me the students were more concerned about what they're having for lunch than making us food. Our sausages were nearly fridge-cold and so were the pancakes ...

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                  1. re: burumun

                    do you mean the school cafe right next door? that place is open only m-f. and it's full of students and the food is inconsistent. they have great croissants and cookies. 561 has very erratic hrs. i walk by at least 3 times a week since i live a block away. i've never seen them open for breakfast.

                    1. re: trolley

                      Burumun & Trolley: thanks 4 the info on 561 school cafe for breakfast. I guess we'll just go this week to see for ourselves: is it or isn't open 4 breakfast, and is it any good? Anyone ever heard of Amy's at Lake & Altadena?