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Sep 29, 2008 11:43 AM

Cool Restaurants in Pasadena

I'm going to be in Pasadena this weekend, down from San Francisco, and would like some tips on which cool restaurants I should go to


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  1. Um, are there any "cool" restaurants in Pasadena?! I would try Firefly or 750ml in South Pas, or, in Eagle Rock: Larkins (healthy soul food) or maybe Fatty's (nice kinda overpriced vegetarian) or Blue Hen (vietnamese) or the Oinkster ("slow fast food") -- all on Colorado Blvd, just a stone's throw from Pasadena. Old Town Pasadena was sorta cool ages ago, now is just like a mall, but outdoors.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        ipse...when's the last time you were there? we were there about a month ago and it was less than mediocre. the waitress couldn't even name the chef, but the hell's kitchen gal is long gone.

        1. re: revets2

          Haven't been for about a year.

          Thanks for the update revets2, and apologies to TasteTV if the info is dated.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            No on Firefly.
            Yes on 750 ml, give Vertical Bistro a try, Tre Venezie, Dining Room at the Langham. I was going to suggest Neomeze. Was there about 7 months ago and enjoyed it but things tend to change apparently.
            If by cool you mean good food, try the above. If by cool you mean scene, go to Hollywood.

          2. re: revets2

            Really? Did not know that she's gone. No wonder the menu looks so different. Thanks for the info/warning.
            It now sounds like another waste of a very nice space.

        2. Don't know much about what is / is not cool, but know a bit about what is good / chow-worthy in Pasadena.

          If you want cool, could you please elaborate on what that entails?

          1. Indeed, what exactly is "cool?" La Grande Orange, which is in the restored Santa Fe R.R. station, is definitely cool. Food's decent and not too expensive.

            Vertical Wine Bistro and Red, White & Bluezz are both cool in their own way.

            And Cafe Verde, a tiny neighborhood cafe that serves very good food and is BYOB, is cool. Not hip, but cool in that you'll feel like you've discovered a secret dining spot because it's totally unassuming.

            Red White & Bluezz
            70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

            Vertical Wine Bistro
            70 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

            Cafe Verde
            961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

            La Grande Orange
            260 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

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            1. re: Jack Flash

              La Grande Orange has many cool things about it, but a better and usually less pricey meal, in much calmer surroundings, may be found a block due west from there at Central Park. The sand dabs and the flatiron steak are both splendid, and the under-$10 burger is much nicer, if a tad smaller, than the more expensive LGO item.

              1. re: Will Owen

                Another good choice. LGO has a better wine list, though, and full bar if that's an issue. I suppose one could always go to LGO for cocktails & then skip across the park to CP for dinner.

            2. Vertical Wine Bistro. Chef Sara Levine is extremely talented, and the space is swell.