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Feb 3, 2009 11:30 AM

Dinner in Pasadena

Any ideas for a nice dinner in Pasadena? I prefer entrees under $25. Anything other than Mexican or Asian would be great.

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  1. I'm going to Azeen's Afgan on Union for the first time tonight. It's gotten some stellar reviews.

    1. Cafe Verde

      Cafe Verde
      961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

      1. I keep prodding people toward Central Park, across from the REAL Central Park on Fair Oaks, just far enough away from Old Town to be calm and un-mobbed. American, mostly under $25. Flatiron steak and sand dabs highly recommended; ate there one night with two salad-eating friends who were delighted with their stuff as well. Smart, friendly wait staff, good enough wine selection. Neither world-changing nor mind-blowing, just good solid fare.

        Green Street gets a lot of good press, but I don't really care for it as a dinner spot - much better for lunch. Just about any place else in your price range (which is ours as well) is either some kind of Latino, some kind of Asian, or a burger joint.

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        1. re: Will Owen

          I agree, Central Park would fit the OP's request.

        2. Cafe Verde is good, but I would opt to go to Malbec as my first choice.

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          1. Madeleines Restaurant & Wine Bistro on Green St. Fine dining in very nice room (think stately manor). Best atmosphere and food of those recommended so far*. I believe a majority of entrees are under $25. + they're participating in DineLA thru Fri this week.



            *Though other recommendations good also, esp Malbec for beef.
            Central Park - if you want to stay well under $25 (almost all entrees)

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            1. re: ilikefood

              Madeleine's is Pasadena's most underrated restaurant. It has everything - competent menu, great wine list, good servers, and most of all a grown up, rather romantic room. Not cheap, but for less than Parkway Grill or Derek's you get more.