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compucook Sep 20, 2008 10:57 PM

5 women are going to the Pasadena Playhouse for the matinee tomorrow and then want to have an early dinner/or late, late lunch and gab. We thought about Montrose because it's quieter than Old Town Pasadena and perhaps more charming.

I know that a plethora of restaurants are up there, some new and some old. Can you offer suggestions please?
We'll be ready to eat most likely before 5 pm.


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  1. ipsedixit RE: compucook Sep 20, 2008 11:25 PM

    Old ... Black Cow Cafe http://www.whatscookninc.com/black_co...

    New ... Palate http://www.palatefoodwine.com/

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      SecretAsianMan RE: ipsedixit Sep 21, 2008 05:43 AM

      Palate is in Glendale, far from Montrose.

      Bashan, which IS in Montrose, is a fantastic alternative and perhaps the best restaurant in the area.

      1. re: SecretAsianMan
        ipsedixit RE: SecretAsianMan Sep 21, 2008 09:42 PM

        Bashan is good, but it is not open until 5 on Sundays and the OP was planning on eating BEFORE 5 p.m.

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      Jack Flash RE: compucook Sep 20, 2008 11:25 PM

      We've just begun exploring Montrose; the only place we've visited is 3 drunken goats, a tapas place. We like it. Ordering a bunch of tapas & some wine (about 40 different ones available by the glass) sounds conducive to gabbing post-playhouse.


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      1. re: Jack Flash
        The Sauce RE: Jack Flash Sep 21, 2008 12:40 AM

        How about Bashan?

        1. re: The Sauce
          Fru RE: The Sauce Sep 21, 2008 08:53 AM

          What type of food are you looking for or not looking for? Do you have a budget? I love Bashan. It is creative and has a great minimalist setting. If you are planning on a leisurely evening of conversation, without even blinking you will easily spend $100 per person not including wine. If the $ is no object, then it is one of the best and not just by Montrose's standards which is not meant to be derogatory. http://www.bashanrestaurant.com/menu.php For a smaller budget, I like La Cabanita on the next block. It isn't as good as it used to be but it is still way above average. I like New Moon for Contemporary Chinese. I have never been to Blue Fish Sushi as I have as many choices in Pasadena if I choose to stay close to home but I have friends who really like it. For Italian, I think the best is Pasta Preziosa. http://www.pastapreziosa.com/zgrid/pr... I'm looking forward to trying 3 Drunken Goats. I've heard from many friends that it is good.

      2. PurpleTeeth RE: compucook Sep 21, 2008 10:32 AM

        Three Drunken Goats is great. And it's a nice space for a group. All the tapas we had were interesting and well executed. And the wine selection in wonderful.

        1. mrshankly RE: compucook Sep 21, 2008 11:47 AM

          Divian Cucina, Black Cow, Star Cafe, Bashan, Three Drunen Goats, New Moon Restaurant (Chinese)

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          1. re: mrshankly
            PurpleTeeth RE: mrshankly Sep 21, 2008 12:06 PM

            I would avoid New Moon. Ate there and everything was bland and oily. Not a good combo.

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            Waverly SGV RE: compucook Sep 21, 2008 01:30 PM

            Went to Montrose yesterday after a six year absence, and was unexpectedly disappointed. It almost seemed like a ghost town. Went to Star Cafe bc we had a toddler, but wished we went to Three Drunken Goats instead. Our favorite "dish" at the Star Cafe is the curried butternut squash soup.

            If the ladies wish to dine near the Pasadena Playhouse, Daisy Mint @ 1218 E. Colorado, is a lovely place to eat and chat. Service is warm and friendly, food is so delicious, and the price is right.

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              Fru RE: Waverly SGV Sep 21, 2008 07:06 PM

              Ok, here I go again. I love Daisy Mint but the acoustics are terrible, terrible, terrible. It is not a good place to "chat". Serious food enjoyment yes, chatting no. I am actually considering saying something to the owners because the last time I was there as part of a group of 6, we all couldn't wait to get out because it was so loud and we couldn't hear ourselves.

              1. re: Fru
                compucook RE: Fru Sep 21, 2008 09:23 PM

                Well the vote was for Montrose and they chose the Black Cow. We had a lovely waiter, very conscientious and caring. The food...eh, but it was good to chat and very inexpensive.
                Thanks for your suggestions, DH and I will follow up on them on our own!

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