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lunch in the Lake ave/Colorado area?

dreamprfct Oct 14, 2008 09:42 AM

I recently started a new job in Pasadean and was wondering what the best places to eat lunch are in the Lake/Colorado area. Im open to all suggestions and price ranges as long as the food is good!

  1. pinotzin Oct 15, 2008 10:17 PM

    If you don't mind a short drive, check out Marston's on Walnut east of Raymond. They are known for breakfast but lunch and dinner are worth trying as well.

    Marston's Restaurant
    151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

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    1. re: pinotzin
      dreamprfct Oct 30, 2008 09:57 AM

      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

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      Jack Flash Oct 14, 2008 05:28 PM

      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.


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      1. re: Jack Flash
        Will Owen Oct 15, 2008 09:30 PM

        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!

        1. re: Will Owen
          Jack Flash Oct 16, 2008 12:03 AM

          The one time I went there, I did get a sandwich. The old guy made it. It was really good. I live in the other direction, so I don't usually pass by there on my rounds, but it's a good reminder to go back again.

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        abeck Oct 14, 2008 03:17 PM

        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.

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        1. re: abeck
          kevin Oct 14, 2008 04:16 PM

          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.

          1. re: kevin
            Fru Oct 14, 2008 05:19 PM

            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.

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          Jack Flash Oct 14, 2008 11:40 AM

          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.

          1. Chowpatty Oct 14, 2008 11:05 AM

            Also Aun Deli Cafe and El Metate, both on Mentor. There's an Indochine there as well, not sure if it's the same as the Atwater one.

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            1. re: Chowpatty
              Will Owen Oct 14, 2008 04:45 PM

              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.

              1. re: Will Owen
                PurpleTeeth Oct 15, 2008 12:02 PM

                The petite place next to Ralphs is really good. Open faced Euro sandwiches, get a few to fill up. It's owned by a Hungarian and the little poppyseed rolls are soo good for desert

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              grubjay Oct 14, 2008 10:36 AM

              I second the reco for Daisy Mint. Here are a few more of my favorites:

              School Cafe
              Madison between Colo/Green

              Lovebirds Cafe & Bakery
              921 E Colorado Blvd

              Euro Pane Bakery
              950 E Colorado Blvd

              Yahaira's Cafe
              698 E Colorado Blvd

              Green Street Restaurant
              146 Shoppers Ln

              Cafe Verde
              961 E Green St

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              1. re: grubjay
                pkwla Oct 15, 2008 10:39 AM

                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:

                Zankou Chicken
                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)

              2. wilafur Oct 14, 2008 09:55 AM

                there is daisy mint on coloradoa, inbetween lake and hill.

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