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Where to take my family in Pasadena?

Hello, fellow foodies!
Every so often our family heads up to Huntington Gardens or the Arboretum, where we spend much more time than we planned to, and emerge hungry with nowhere to go. Would like GOOD food,, decent service and atmosphere, and entrees preferably not more than $15.
Any suggestions?

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  1. Daisy Mint
    1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA‎ - (626) 792-2999‎
    Excellent Asian Fusion Food. Love the beef salad, the beef soup, the crab wontons & the salmon. Not expensive, great friendly service & and nice space.

    Daisy Mint
    1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

    1. My family loves the Huntington Gardens, it's a true LA gem. Every time we go, which is about 8 to 10 times a year, we always eat at Pie N Burger. I'm not sure what type of cuisine you are looking for, but they have excellent food. Burgers, shakes, fries &, of course, pie. All the pies are made fresh (as well as everything else). Cash only, fits your budget for sure. They are also very close to the Huntington, about a mile west on California.
      I think we often go visit the Gardens, but it might be just the excuse to get to Pie N Burger!
      Pie 'n Burger
      913 E. California Blvd.
      Pasadena, CA 91106

      1. I would recommend Zelo's in Arcadia (near Monrovia). It's a great neighborhood spot with great cornmeal crust pizza. You get full eating good food at a reasonable price!

        1. In addition, I'd toss Julienne in San Marino, Malbec on Green, Cafe Verde on Green and Green St. Tavern to the mix.

          Cafe Verde
          961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

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          1. re: mbh65

            Ditto all these recs.

            And if you want a good pie, in a classic checkered cloth red sauce Italian joint, check out Tarantino's.

          2. I like Julienne in San Marino, especially for breakfast. I like their pancakes and breakfast sandwich (w/bacon, avocado, jalapeno aioli). The menu changes seasonally. There is a nice area in front of the restaurant that is outdoors but covered and shaded which makes it a good place to sit most of the year. Good service and take out. Parking lot behind the restaurant through the alley.

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            1. re: ickster

              As much as I adore Julienne, you might have some trouble meeting your $15 price point. Their burger, which is OK but tends to be dry, is around $18. Still, to me it's worth just getting to sit there on a nice day and have something good to eat. The roast lamb sandwich is my personal fave - served on a rosemary raisin bread, which sounds weird but really works.

            2. Thanks, everyone!
              Any cuisine is welcome, since we go by what we feel like having. (Yesterday we felt like Asian, so we drove home and had bibimbop at Kaya Sushi in El Segundo.

              More suggestions are welcome!

              Kaya Sushi
              13400 Washington Blvd Ste 102, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

              1. I work at the Huntington (hee hee). Pie & Burger is good so is Burger Continental around the corner on Lake. Brits on Colorado Blvd near Allen is a good choice.

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                1. re: SeaCook

                  Second Pie and Burger. Great pie, great burger. (Stick to those items, though.)

                2. Celestino ( http://www.calogerodrago.com/ ) is a very nice, comfortable Italian place, where I've seen plenty of contented families. If you're satisfied with excellent appetizers and pasta, they have many choices under your cost limit.

                  141 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

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                  1. re: Harry Nile

                    I second Celestino. I had a wonderful birthday dinner there a few years ago. The panna cotta was to die for.

                    Celestino Restaurant
                    141 S Lake Ave Ste 102, Pasadena, CA 91101

                  2. I like the Green Street Restaurant
                    146 S. Shoppers Lane, Pasadena

                    1. great salads, breakfast foods, serious waits often. good ambience

                      Marston's Restaurant
                      151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103

                      1. best deep dish I've ever had... by a mile. also, beet salad was good. usually no wait.

                        Zelo Pizzeria
                        328 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006

                        1. great soup dumplings. a little pricey. can be a wait, but not as bad since they added another building. fried rice is solid. get some veggies. And order it up trying all the other dumplings!

                          Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
                          1088 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

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                          1. re: tenxtone76


                            EDIT: I posted before your restaurant references came through. Incidentally, I don't recall "deep dish" at Zelo's, and the phrase doesn't appear on their Web pages. Which pizza are you pointing us to?

                            1. re: Harry Nile

                              Not "deep dish" in the traditional Chicago sense, but Zelo's is definitely not thin Neopolitan style. It has a dense and chewy crust (no doubt from the influence of the cornmeal); it's a hardy pie.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Yes, it's not Neopolitan, unless Naples has moved to Iowa, but it's also not Chicago deep dish. Now leave me alone. I'm trying to locate the station broadcasting the Cubs in the World Series, and I can't find it!