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Date night recs for Eagle Rock?

My husband and I have one last date night this week before our daughter starts school (camp sleepover) on Thursday and are looking for some good suggestions, possibly in Eagle Rock? We live in North San Gabriel, and have eaten most everywhere in Pasadena and South Pasadena.

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  1. Have you thought of Montrose?
    Some cool date night places on Honolulu

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    1. re: cls

      I also second looking into Montrose. Bashan is quite good (http://www.bashanrestaurant.com). You can also go to Divina for Italian. The new Three Drunken Goats tapas restaurant has been getting good reviews as well. Other less fancy options include Black Cow Cafe, Star Cafe, and Zeke's BBQ. Further up in La Cañada are Taylor's and Dish.

    2. Have you tried Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock? Unpretentious but romantic French bistro with all the standard menu items and a nice, if limited, wine list. How about Palate Food + Wine in Glendale or Canele in Atwater?

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      1. re: JeMange

        I second Cafe Beaujolais. My wife and I love this place. Great food at reasonable prices. Nice romantic setting.

      2. The address is in Pasadena but it's just over the border with Eagle Rock. Good food, stiff drinks, live piano, and a romantic setting...sounds like a date night to me!

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        Stoney Point Bar & Grill
        1460 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

        1. How about Columbo's?
          Good steak, and jazz piano!

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          Colombo's Italian Steakhouse
          1833 Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

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          1. re: cjla

            If you decide on Colombo's, you can find a good deal on a gift certificate here: http://www.restaurant.com/index.asp?p...

            (I'm not sure what the rule book says about posting links...if it's a no-no, Mods can delete or move!)

            1. re: cjla

              Colombo's is a throwback, and not in a good way necessarily. The room hasn't been remodeled, or dusted, since the Nixon administration, the crowd is not even remotely stylish (think a middle aged dude with bad teeth in a Spiderman t-shirt dining with a pudgy woman in acid-washed high waisted jeans and you'll get the general idea) and the food - well, let's just say that the steak I ordered still had the marks from where the jockey was whipping it.

              The "jazz" is nothing more than a few shut-ins breathing into horns on their one night out each month.

              The place is a curiosity, and if visited with that in mind, can be sort of entertaining - like staring at a clueless redneck's mullet - but as a romantic date spot...

              I think not.

              Oh, and what could be more romantic than paying with a coupon? Al Gore mand, you must be quite the charmer!

              1. re: JeMange

                Actually, the crowd is a great mix of regulars who've been going there since the place opened and a younger, hipper, tattooed crowd.

                The food's actually pretty decent if you order carefully. The steaks are more than decent. The shrimp scampi is also a winner.

                And I've been pleasantly surprised with the music. I think you're perhaps a bit too much of a curmudgeon to enjoy the place. Do you have anything positive to contribute?

            2. Camilo's California Bistro on Colorado Blvd is good, last I checked. Simple menu, but everything from pasta to filet mignon, and done nicely.

              As for Columbo's... if you're looking for good food, it's not really the place. If you're looking for a good time-warp experience and a big steak, it's perfect.

              1. Camilo's is fine, Columbo's (regardless of the nasty comment) is fine. Mia Sushi on Eagle Rock Blvd has been written positively by the Times, and has a nice mellow feel. Have been to Stoney Point for lunch and it also has a nice refined air. Another option in a fun way, and maybe even romantic in its own way, is Polka on Verdugo Blvd. Reasonable, great food, wonderful owners.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Thanks to all for these great recs! We definitely have an array of choices. Will have to put some of these in our back pocket for future date nights!

                    1. re: Red4Mit

                      For a fun date night with the retro feel, and high level of affordability compared to those already mentioned, try the Oinkster on Colorado a few blocks east of Eagle Rock Blvd.
                      Great burgers and sandwiches, quality milk shakes or your own bottle of wine or their quality wine and beers, and just go have a cool, hip in a non-hip kind of evening. And don't forget the fries.
                      Low price yes, Low Cal not necessarily!
                      www.oinkster.com

                      1. re: carter

                        the link don't work for me.. is it me?

                  2. I would highly recommend Fatty's. It's a vegetarian restaurant, but every carnivore I know (myself included) has loved it. The maple syrup cotton candy is great for dessert.

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                    1. re: lelachi

                      Oh yes, Fatty's! However, they are closed until September 3. Sign in the window says they're on Summer Vacation. (Even when not on vacation, they're only open at dinner Wed. - Sun.)

                      So I'll second the earlier recommendations of Cafe Beaujolais, Camilo's, and Larkin's.