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Feb 17, 2005 12:24 PM

Help! Suggestions for Sunday Brunch in Pasadena???

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Does any of my fellow Chowhounds know any good sunday brunch places in the Pasadena area????

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  1. This topic has been discussed in great detail in previous posts I believe. If you do a search, you'll find great suggestions. My two favorite places are Marston's and Julienne's.

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    1. re: Ingrid

      Twin Palms has a good Sunday brunch, with live gospel music.

      1. re: Ingrid

        And for more fancy, try the Raymond Restaurant or for very fancy the Ritz Carlton hotel. Beware that the brunch at the Westin hotel (formerly the Doubletree) is now just a standard hotel brunch, not the fabulouso extravaganza of years past. Maybe try Cafe Verde although I found it extremely cramped at noon on a Saturday a few weeks ago.

        Does Naya (sp?), the fancy new joint in Pasadena, do Sunday brunch?

        If you are looking for casual & family friendly, the "Only Place in Town" in Sierra Madre is cute with decent food.

        Second the Julienne rec, although I believe it is closed on Sunday. Such a great place though.

        I think Marston's is overrated. Hard parking, just ok food. Not bad, exactly, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

        If you are looking for genuine bakery casual, go to Europane and get quiche/sandwiches/fruit tart/pastries. So tasty.

        1. re: Sarahpet

          Julienne is indeed closed on Sunday.

          I completely agree with Sarahpet on Marston's being overrated - people go nuts for their cormflake-coated french toast, but I guess I'm just a purist at heart when it comes to breakfast. Their egg dishes and the accompanying potatoes are, at best, mediocre.

          1. re: Sarahpet

            JULIENNE closed on sunday.

            NAYA has been closed for well over 18 months, maybe two years now.

            1. re: revets2

              Sarahpet is completely right, Marstons is not only overrated, it's awful. That cornflake french toast everyone raves about LOOKS amazing, and tastes like nothing. Marston's used to be good roughly 10 years ago, but I don't understand how it keeps getting good reviews, when the food is so blatantly bland.

              Twin Palms is pretty good - we had my engagement brunch there - and decently priced for what you get. It's definitely better than Villa Sorisso, where I had a horrible brunch last year. I was literally afraid of some of the food. However, Twin Palms is busy and noisy, but that's pretty much par for a buffet type brunch anywhere.

        2. There's a good place in South Pasadena called Firefly Bistro. Holly Street Bar and Grill on Holly Street also has a good brunch. For their brunch, you order off the menu. If you're looking for high-end buffet style, you can go to Maison Akira on Green Street.



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          1. re: Abby

            Firefly is a brilliant idea. A lot of unusual, Southern-inspired takes on brunch classics, great baskets of muffins and such, and strong, dark coffee.

            1. re: condiment

              Gotta throw a second vote to Firefly. I read their menu as more broadly eclectic/fusion than just Southern, but that's definitely a strong influence. It's a lovely environment, essentially all patio, the food is a notch above "breakfast" -- it can cover a wide array of social occaisions/moods: you can go dressed up, dressed down, whatever & feel comfy.

            2. re: Abby

              I think the food at Firefly is good for brunch but the service is lacking (I ordered French toast as a side, asked for it again when the rest of breakfast was delivered and still never got it!).

              Also if you want to go somewhere quiet on a Sunday, Firefly is not it. The obnoxious Sunday Blues with the person (manager? owner?) who also insists on dancing around and running into customers whilst singing off key really didn't entertain me that greatly.

            3. Terrace Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena.

              Fabulous setting and good food.

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              1. re: ipse dixit

                Hi ipse dixit,

                is the Terrace restaurant where they have the buffet brunch? I've heard so much abt the Ritz sunday buffet brunch...and I'm planning to go this coming sunday....

                1. re: chewingvampire

                  Yes - Terrace Cafe.

                  Carving station, sushi table, MTO omelets, dessert station, etc.

                  Best to AVOID the dim sum spread.

              2. Hi Sean. All of the comments so far seem sound and fair. Not that fairness matters with opinions. Quite frankly, the question really should start by asking you what price range and atmosphere are you looking for? Romantic for a special date? Loud with an old friend? People watching with crowds? Or just an old-fashioned hearty meal with great pancakes (Kathleen's). On the upper cost range, with a more "fine dining" atmosphere, I would go with Akira's or Derek's (which just started serving Sunday brunches - great!). I noticed that The Raymond and Ritz were mentioned, and they too have unique qualities. If you want a bit more noise and fanfare, then practically anything in Old Town works, ranging from Holly Street to Marstons to Twin Palms. At any rate, you will be busy for a year if you want to try a new place every weekend. Just pick your pleasure, price break, and atmosphere.

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                1. re: coppers_paps

                  actually, my first question would be to wonder if the poster is still thinking about this 1 1/2 years later. (sorry, just can't help myself)

                  1. re: justanotherpenguin

                    Good catch, justanotherpenguin! That's okay, we all like to know where to find good breakfasts anyway. We just discovered Bistro de la Gare in South Pasadena -- the breakfast menu is small but the food is delicious!! One of the best French toast we've ever had!! And it's owned and run by true French people. The place is wonderfully charming and relaxing.

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