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

lolabelow Mar 7, 2009 12:40 PM

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 Beaujolais...feedback 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. Servorg Mar 7, 2009 12:46 PM

    Did you ever try any of these the last time around? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/404589 - and if so, how was the one you picked?

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    1. re: Servorg
      Silverlaker Mar 7, 2009 12:50 PM

      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
        Silverlaker Mar 7, 2009 01:02 PM

        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!) --


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          cls Mar 7, 2009 02:12 PM

          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
          lolabelow Mar 7, 2009 12:51 PM

          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
            Tom P Mar 9, 2009 12:39 AM

            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.

        3. ipsedixit Mar 7, 2009 12:55 PM


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          1. re: ipsedixit
            lolabelow Mar 7, 2009 01:03 PM

            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.

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              ipsedixit Mar 7, 2009 01:05 PM

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

          2. sbritchky Mar 7, 2009 03:40 PM

            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

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              patz Mar 7, 2009 03:56 PM

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

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                lolabelow Mar 7, 2009 04:50 PM

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

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                rickym13 Mar 7, 2009 07:50 PM

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

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                  lolabelow Mar 8, 2009 01:48 PM

                  My husband took a left turn and we ended up in Little Tokyo at the Shabu Shabu place...one of our first date spots.

                  But now I have him interested in Bashan and Lil' Pizza Parlor. Thanks for all the recs.

                  ps - has anyone eaten in the Italian join there? Seems out of place but oddly enough I had a great Italian meal my last trip to Tokyo.

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                  1. re: lolabelow
                    Kitchen Queen Mar 8, 2009 02:25 PM

                    Bashan is beautiful Been there several times. Eat outside on the front patio, slow, easy and very romantic.!

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