thanks everyone! im going to go through the list--so far i have tried:
Love Birds :)
Euro Pan-- :)
Wolfe Burger-- good but no AC so ill save it for the winter
Teri & Yaki--loved their spicy ramen bowl
Indochine-- ok (I agree the BUN was good)
Indian place across Indochine --very average
I tried a pastry (they were giving out free samples) at the sandwhich place next to Ralphs--)--the nutella ones were Ok--but ill go back to try the sandwhichs
Not too far away (certainly doable if you're in the car, or maybe even using the Pasadena ARTS shuttle) is Porta Via, which is an excellent Italian deli. They make some great sandwiches, and they also have some good (premade) meat, chicken & pasta choices.
re: Jack Flash
Someone recently said that the old guy at Roma (on Mountain at N. Lake) will make a sandwich for you if you ask. That's just down the street and around the corner from me and I didn't know this - I just figure if there's no sign saying "Sandwiches for sale" then they don't have'em. Live & learn. Good to know, anyway - he has the best damn mortadella on the planet!
Euro Pane is a must. They are best known for their egg salad sandwich, I think it is best on their ciabatta bread. Really everything is great here are a few of my favorites
-gourmet sides like lentil or garbanzo bean salads
-individual bread puddings
-cinnamon rolls (but only really early in the morning when they are still warm from the oven)
Cafe Verde is really great also.
Yes, Europane is good for their pastries although they are ultra-ultra-ultra buttery.
The pumpkin squares (if currently in season) are dynamite, and contain a beautiful earth-shatteringly delicious crust. The egg salad is very rich, be forewarned and heavy on the mayo. I got a little dizzy just thinking about it. Their blueberry brown butter tart is something you can not get anywhere else. But once again it is buttery.
On Lake, there is the Hat for Pastrami French dips, the vegan chili dog, and faux cheesburger stand nearby, Wolf Burgers (which I don't particulary care for), and Roscoe's for Chicken and Waffles if you happen to be in the mood for it.
Mediterranean Cafe (you enter from the parking lot off of lake at Del Mar for decent and QUICK kabobs, rice, etc. I love Euro Pane and try to stay away from it for all the reasons cited above and yes, Sumi's pumpkin squares are awesome!!! I have no love for the hat. If I want a decent pastrami sandwich, I would go to tops at Walnut and Allen. I like Roscoe's but it is incosistant and slow so if I want a quick fried chicken fix, I would go across the street (Lake and Mountain) to Popeye's. For a "nice" lunch, Smitty's http://www.smittysgrill.com/ on Lake between Green & Cordova. Make a reservation.
Cafe Verde for sure.
There's also a takeout place with Pita in the name (on Colorado, north side, just east of lake) that's not bad.
Wolfe Burgers (on Lake, about a block north of Colorado).
Are we talking walking distance only?
Less than a mile to the east, there's Luigi Ortega's, which has really good hoagies and cheesesteaks. Another 1/2 mile farther east brings you to Lee's Hoagie House, which has a great selection of sandwiches & salads.
Indochine is emphatically not great Vietnamese, but it's sleek and pleasant and the bun is pretty good. More expensive than similar stuff elsewhere, but the savings in time and gas balances out.
There's a new Euro deli of some sort next to Ralphs on North Lake, which I have not tried but intend to. The Chinese place next door to it gets a lot of hate on this August Forum, but we've just done takeout and have liked everything.
Guilty pleasure: The (formerly Hamburger) Hamlet.
I second the reco for Daisy Mint. Here are a few more of my favorites:
Madison between Colo/Green
Lovebirds Cafe & Bakery
921 E Colorado Blvd
Euro Pane Bakery
950 E Colorado Blvd
698 E Colorado Blvd
Green Street Restaurant
146 Shoppers Ln
961 E Green St
Lovebirds and Euro Pane are definitely great options. Green Street also has good sandwiches and (huge) salads. Here are a few other restaurants in the area that I like:
1296 E Colorado Blvd (6 blocks E btwn Chester/Holliston)
Avanti Cafe (delicious pizza)
111 N Lake Ave (1 block N on Union/Lake)
Teri & Yaki Chicken (formerly Himeko Chicken)
229 N Lake Ave (2 blocks N on Walnut/Lake)
Smitty's Grill (nicer grill/bbq/american restaurant)
110 S Lake Ave (1 block S btwn Green/Cordova)
Tarantino's Pizzeria (very good pizza)
784 E Green St (1 block S, 1 block W btwn Hudson/Oak Knoll)