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Mar 7, 2009 12:40 PM

We have a sitter and no place to go...

Our plans fell through so we have a night - just the two of us.

We'd go to Bistro Verdu if it were still open.

Any recs that are nice, cozy, easy, low stress, not too expensive and in the Pasadena/Glendale/Downtown/East Hollywood area.

Thinking of Cafe Stella, Cafe would be great. I haven't been to Stella in years and don't remember much more than the wine.

Any suggestions?


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  1. Did you ever try any of these the last time around? - and if so, how was the one you picked?

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    1. re: Servorg

      Can you get into Palate? For two it's about $120 w wine. There's also that South American place that's really good and I can't remember the name -- we went this time last year and are due to go back. They remodeled it and it's in a residential area, kinda South Silverlake -- that place is really good and fun, hope it's still around!

      1. re: Silverlaker

        I was talking about El Caserio -- has anyone gone recently? We really liked it when we went-- awhile ago. It's fun and romantic (the decor!) --

        1. re: Silverlaker

          First come first served at the wine bar at Palate.
          Church and State is very good now but a bit loud.
          Stella is always crowded.
          We go to Water Grill and eat at the bar for an easy night out. Split entrees and it's not too bad. Steve or Peter will take good care of you.

        2. re: Servorg

          My goodness...I realized I was terrible about responding. We went to Canele (which was our stand by until we had such a miserable experience with both service and food that my husband vowed never to go back...I'll miss it!)

          1. re: lolabelow

            oh no! So sorry that happened. I love Canele. I had one of the best lamb dishes of my life there last week... newer to the menu. it was incredible.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I read some reviews here and it seemed like it might not be the best place on a Saturday night...I'm a bit phobic about Old Town...thanks for the rec, though.

            1. re: lolabelow

              On the outskirts of Old Town is Shiro. Another great place.

          2. Very nice pastas and other Italian dishes at Celestino, a member of the small, high-quality Drago chain. Celestino is more casual than Drago in Santa Monica, for example, but the food is very good. On Saturday night it will probably be bustling but with neighborhood people, not the Hollywood set. Professional service, too.

            141 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

            1. if you liked bistro verdu, you should try little parlor pizzeria in south pas:

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              1. re: patz

                Oh that sounds perfect. I'll let you know how it was.

              2. what about bashan? wasn't that were bistro verdu was?