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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

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      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.

          http://www.malbeccuisine.com/

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            A solid choice, to be sure.

          2. 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.

            http://www.madeleinesrestaurant.com/H...

            http://www.dinela.com/restaurantweek/...

            *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.

            2. La Grande Orange is great.

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

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              1. re: The Oracle

                La Grande Orange has a lovely room - the old deco-era train station, nicely refurbished - and good service. It is noisy as hell, but then it's all concrete and tile and there's a heavy bar scene in the next room. What we've had has been OK, not outstanding; my burger, for instance, was perfectly cooked but lacking any real beefiness, and the bun melted well before the halfway point. The menu is quite limited - several different categories, but only a few choices within each one - and it is about two notches more expensive than Central Park, which is directly one block west. It's still certainly worth a visit.

              2. If you like small plates - Bar Celona in Old Town serves pretty decent tapas. The mussel and clams dish was $13 - it was buttery and rich and served with toasted garlic bread - yum. I suggest Pop Champagne and Dessert Bar too - I haven't tried it yet but menu looks pretty good.