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Quick and good Saturday lunch in Pasadena or South Pasadena

Dedicated Fresser Feb 27, 2009 03:21 PM

I seek a quick and good lunch either in South Pasadena right by the Mission station OR a bit further north in the central area right by either of the two light rail stops. I will be a pied/en tren, so please don't give me suggestions that are "a little further away..." even though they might be really good, as I'll be unable to heed them.

I was thinking of either one of the Saladang twins, but am open to suggestions. Could be another cuisine, could be sandwiches. Informal, definitely. And rapid.

I'm familiar with the area, having eaten before at Saladang and Barcelona, but I am not very familiar with other dining options that may await me hidden among the large, chaotic, bustling chains on Colorado Blvd (which, needless to say, don't appeal too much for my current search).

Thanks in advance!

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    judybird RE: Dedicated Fresser Feb 27, 2009 04:14 PM

    How about Nicole's in South Pasadena, just a short block from the train stop.

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      cls RE: Dedicated Fresser Feb 27, 2009 05:02 PM

      Heirloom Bakery at Mission and Meridian is IMO the best breakfast in town.

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        oro3030 RE: Dedicated Fresser Feb 27, 2009 05:34 PM

        Europane. Can't do better in Pasadena.

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          Jack Flash RE: oro3030 Feb 27, 2009 06:22 PM

          Not close enough to the Gold Line.

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            oro3030 RE: Jack Flash Mar 2, 2009 05:21 PM

            It's actually only 3 blocks from the Lake street station.

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              Jack Flash RE: oro3030 Mar 2, 2009 05:35 PM

              If by 3 blocks you mean half a mile, then yes. Didn't sound like the OP wanted to do a mile's worth of walking.

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          Jack Flash RE: Dedicated Fresser Feb 27, 2009 06:26 PM

          La Grande Orange ain't bad, and it is AT the Del Mar station. Just across the park from Del Mar (very short walk, about one block) is Central Park. Both would be fine choices, easily accessible. For quick & cheap, there's a branch of Philly's Best at the Del Mar station as well. They make a good cheesesteak and Italian hoagie. LGO and Central Park are both sit-down places (albeit casual), and not as quick as Philly's Best.

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            ipsedixit RE: Jack Flash Feb 27, 2009 09:27 PM

            Yup, LGO would be my choice.

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            Jet RE: Dedicated Fresser Feb 28, 2009 01:31 PM

            I can't recall the name, but I ate a memorable meal at a reasonable & delicious Himalean Buffet. They specialize in Yak, which is the national staple, but everything was amazingly delicious. Chai came with the buffet, also. JET

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              ipsedixit RE: Jet Feb 28, 2009 10:20 PM

              I believe you are thinking of Tibet Nepal House.


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                Jet RE: ipsedixit Mar 14, 2009 05:35 PM

                Thanks, Ipsadixit!, That is exactly the place in Pasadena I was fondly remebering! JET

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              LAChica RE: Dedicated Fresser Mar 2, 2009 06:40 PM

              Firefly on El Centro in South Pasadena

              Mike and Anne's: 1040 mission street, south pasadena, ca 91030

              these places are super yummy!~!!!!

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                Will Owen RE: LAChica Mar 3, 2009 09:44 AM

                Second Mike and Anne's. Great burger, if you like charbroiled. I don't so much, but I liked this one a lot anyway. Plenty of other more adventurous stuff on offer, too.

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                sherifx RE: Dedicated Fresser Mar 14, 2009 05:49 PM

                Elements Kitchen
                Mike & Anne's
                Bistro De La Gare (next to Nicole's)
                Porto Via

                all of my top choices for any meal in Pas...

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