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Suggestions for a ladies dinner in Pasadena and/or surrounding areas...

truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 11:17 AM

I'm hoping that all of you can provide me with some recommendations on where to go for a reunion of old friends. Three of my dearest friends and I are getting together on April 8th, Wednesday night. Our schedules have been so hectic due to work, travel, family and health issues that it's been a year since we've all seen each other.

I would like to choose a place that we haven't been to before. I prefer not to go to a chain restaurant. I would prefer something that has a fantastic menu (we eat anything), a good wine list, as well as an intimate atmosphere - if there is patio dining even better, but not necessary. Any suggestions?

Thanks ahead of time....

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    crystaw RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 11:42 AM

    Pop on Union in Old Town ought to be a good places for a ladies' night out.

    Vertical Wine Bistro in the same area also sounds like it would fit what you're looking for. About 10-15 minutes east of Pasadena in Monvrovia is Cafe Massilia, an intimate French restaurant which does have outdoor seating.

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      Jack Flash RE: crystaw Mar 5, 2009 01:12 PM

      I second the rec for Vertical.

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        truetraveler RE: Jack Flash Mar 5, 2009 02:08 PM

        Been to Vertical and have enjoyed it, but would like to try something new.
        Thanks for the recommendation Jack Flash!

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        truetraveler RE: crystaw Mar 5, 2009 02:09 PM

        Never knew about Pop - may have to check that out...
        Sounds yummy!
        Thanks for the tip crystaw!

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        junipersong RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 12:32 PM

        Palat Food + Wine! There's quite a bit of hype around it, but it's well-deserved. Plates are on the smaller side, but prices are reasonable and there is definitely good wine.

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          truetraveler RE: junipersong Mar 5, 2009 02:09 PM

          Where is Palat?

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            junipersong RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 02:54 PM

            It's in Glendale. http://www.palatefoodwine.com/

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          jkao1817 RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 01:09 PM

          I sound like a broken record, but I think the dining room at the Langham would be perfect. I love Chef Strong's food and the hotel is really beautiful.

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            truetraveler RE: jkao1817 Mar 5, 2009 02:10 PM

            I like the Langham, but the site may be a little upsetting for one of the ladies - it's the wedding site to her ex....don't want to bring up any old memories..., but thanks for the suggestion!

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              jkao1817 RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 02:12 PM

              Yeah I would agree. Not the right place given those circumstances.

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            hilarywood RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 02:32 PM

            mike and anne's in south pasadena. atmosphere, food, wine is all divine.

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              hilarywood RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 02:32 PM

              and mike and anne's has a LARGE patio. great cocktails, desserts, atmosphere.

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                crystaw RE: hilarywood Mar 5, 2009 02:39 PM

                I forgot about Mike & Anne's! The patio is quite large and pleasant to dine in when the weather is nice. If patio seating is a big plus for you then this would be a good choice.

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                  truetraveler RE: crystaw Mar 5, 2009 03:28 PM

                  Mike & Anne's! That sounds great...have heard about it, but haven't been yet. I will run it buy the "girls"
                  Thanks everyone for the suggestions...
                  If there are any more don't hesitate to let me know...we've got a month before the dinner!

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                    Jack Flash RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 03:53 PM

                    Stretching to also include South Pas, Mike & Anne's is also a fine suggestion. I think the atmosphere at Bistro de la Gare isn't quite right for your group (too noisy), though the food is good.

                    With a patio, there's Firefly Bistro also in South Pas. I haven't been there in a couple of years. It gets uneven reviews for the food; the space deserves better.

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                      truetraveler RE: Jack Flash Mar 6, 2009 08:25 AM

                      Had a company party at Firefly Bistro and wasn't impressed, but I do remember their patio was nice...too bad they are inconsistent...
                      Thanks for the recommendations!

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                      patz RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 04:35 PM

                      also in south pas - little parlor pizzeria on mission - the food there is heads above other restaurants in the area

                2. ipsedixit RE: truetraveler Mar 5, 2009 09:16 PM

                  Second the rec for Mike & Anne's.

                  In that same area, I would also suggest you consider Shiro.

                  Other places to consider: Malbec, Cafe Verde, and Cafe Santorini.

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                    truetraveler RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2009 08:19 AM

                    I love Malbec!
                    I forgot about Cafe Verde - never been, so thanks for reminding me!
                    Cafe Santorini - been there several times and sometimes the food is good, sometimes it's not...last time there, I was served by someone who forgot we were there! Not too eager to go back there again, even though I do enjoy their patio area...
                    Thanks for the recommendations!

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                      astrobabe RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2009 02:11 PM

                      Malbec is quickly working their way on the do not go list in our house. We're walking distance and go about once a month. That was until about 2 weeks ago where we waited over an hour for our reservation and our party of 3 blew a fit because the two tables of 4 with reservations at the same time who showed up before us were seated first. After the 3 minutes we were told to get us a table we walked home and watched the party of 5 who was also livid read them the riot act. Of course what was worse was when we checked in for the reservation we were told about 5 minutes to get a table to pay the check and move one.

                      So Malbec- don't go on weekends or expect them to honor your reservation without being jerks right now because they've gotten inflated egos now.

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                        truetraveler RE: astrobabe Mar 6, 2009 02:50 PM

                        Hi there astrobabe!
                        Sorry to hear about your experience at Malbec. I've been twice and haven't had the problem. The last time I was there was on Valentine's Day and my SO and I usually dine late, so our reservations at 8:30pm were fine and we didn't have to wait. It was crowded and there was some people waiting in line, but we got in without a problem. It was a little crowded, but we expected it due to Valentine's Day...they also gave away heart shaped ramekins filled with chocolate kisses and a long stem red rose to each couple. Kind of sweet....

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                      Fru RE: truetraveler Mar 6, 2009 06:58 AM

                      I like all of the recommendations thus far. I would also throw in Parkway Grill in Pasadena. www.theparkwaygrill.com Also, if you would consider going about 8 miles to Montrose, 3 Drunken Goats atmosphere is very conducive to a "girl reunion" for Spanish tapas. They have an extensive Spanish wine menu including decent selections by the glass. http://www.3drunkengoats.com/

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                        truetraveler RE: Fru Mar 6, 2009 08:27 AM

                        Thanks for the recommendations!
                        I've never heard of 3 Drunken Goats, might have to try that before the "reunion", the menu looks great and I love Spanish wine!
                        Thanks again!

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                        attran99 RE: truetraveler Mar 6, 2009 07:41 AM

                        The friends and I always enjoy an evening at the Melting Pot for a reunion. It's quiet...hase a great wine list and bar for cocktails...and after eating things dipped in cheese, we eat things dipped in chocolate. It's not the best place for entrees, but I do like the salads and the cheese fondue. The chocolate is awesome...and it's all interactive so everyone gets in and has a great time.
                        If you can catch a ladies' night...the last Tueday of every month, dinner (salad, cheese, entree, and chocolate) is prix frixe for about $10-15 less than regular price. There's a raffle, some fun activities, and gifts for all the ladies from local businesses. It's on the website if you want to check it out.

                        Melting Pot Restaurant
                        88 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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                          truetraveler RE: attran99 Mar 6, 2009 08:30 AM

                          Thanks attran99 for the recommendation to the Melting Pot, the last time I was there it was a few years ago...
                          Hate to say this, but I have 1 girlfriend who is can't have any milk products....
                          I'll have to go back there without her...
                          thanks again!

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                          schrutefarms RE: truetraveler Mar 6, 2009 03:15 PM

                          What about Raymond House? It's cute, the food is good, and the patio is really lovely.

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                            truetraveler RE: schrutefarms Mar 11, 2009 02:30 PM

                            Fogot about that!
                            I'm going to look it up and see what their menu is like!
                            Thanks for reminding me schrutefarms!

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                              schrutefarms RE: truetraveler Mar 11, 2009 03:54 PM

                              Anytime ;)

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