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GOOD EATS NEAR PASADENA PLAYHOUSE?

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I'm going to the Playhouse this Saturday night. What's cooking?

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  1. If you like Mexican food, La Fiesta Grande and El Portal are both nearby. Roy's is also nearby, but it's not open yet. If you want a quick snack, you could try Famima!! It's a small convenience store that is very closeby. You could also eat somewhere in the Paseo Colorado or on South Lake.

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    El Portal
    695 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101

    La Fiesta Grande
    624 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

    FAMIMA
    621 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

    1. My top choices in that area are Shiro or Smitty's Grill.

      If all you want is a good slice of pizza, then Tarantino's would be a good choice. Just make sure to bring cash (no c/c accepted).

      www.restaurantshiro.com

      www.smittysgrill.com

      Tarantino's
      784 East Green Street
      (626) 796-7836 ...

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        is shiro still a reliable stalwart, i was a liittle worried that it might be a little past its prime after all these years.

        is it still owned and operated by the original chef?

        1. re: kevin

          Yes. Shiro is stil very good, although I was last there this past Xmas.

          Given the popularity of Orris, I don't know how much time Shiro actually gets to spend at his namesake (and original) restaurant, however.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I guess I'll have to visit not so sleepy anymore, South Pasadena, for some whole fried catfish and the chinese ravioli. what else is good on the menu.

            also, is it just me or is the whole catfish for 28 or 29 bucks pretty expensive. if i'm not mistaken they don't offer cheaper small size anymore. and the funny thing is the sizes always seemed to be roughly the same whether ordering small, medium, or large.

      2. Cafe Verde

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        Cafe Verde
        961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106