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Dinner in South Pas?

ryl Dec 15, 2009 08:46 PM

I am meeting a date in South Pasadena for dinner tonight, I have read about a couple of spots - Firefly, Shiro . . . but don't see alot of chatter about them on chowhound. Wondering what your opinions are on good dinner spots in South Pas for two people who appreciate a good meal of any kind.

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  1. J.L. RE: ryl Dec 15, 2009 09:10 PM

    Shiro's catfish is still excellent. Not much new there, so not much chatter.

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      Jack Flash RE: ryl Dec 15, 2009 11:06 PM

      Firefly: I haven't been there in a couple of years. The food isn't nearly as good as the space. Brunch is the best meal I've had there (most of the dining area is a very pleasant patio, perhaps better suited to daytime or warm evening dining).

      Shiro: It's good, reliable; the catfish preparation, though now somewhat cliche, is nevertheless tasty.

      In South Pas, my favorites are Mike & Anne's and Bistro de la Gare.

      1. ipsedixit RE: ryl Dec 16, 2009 05:05 AM

        Shiro is great. While he's not always in the kitchen, the food is generally very solid.

        Other choices to consider in the same area would be Malbec or Cafe Verde.

        I would pass on Firefly.

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          ryl RE: ryl Dec 16, 2009 08:10 AM

          Thank you all, your help is much appreciated as I slowly explore my way through the restaurant and food scene here . . . I don't have the same foodie community here that I did in New York, so I a appreciate being able to join yours. I hope someday I might be able to help with something too, but right now I am just new and mostly asking for help.

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            carter RE: ryl Dec 16, 2009 09:07 AM

            Getting out of South Pasadena will improve your qualitative search issues immensely.
            For chinese, endless possibilities exist, yet not in So. Pas.
            For all other cuisines, go to Pasadena, or further. So. Pas is not known as a qualitative dining option.

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              Terahertz RE: ryl Dec 16, 2009 01:55 PM

              I live in So. Pas, and our favorite spot is Mike and Anne's. It is your basic neighborhood bistro. The space is nice, although a bit loud. I prefer to eat out on the patio if the weather is nice. My only complaint is that the menu is a bit too static. Still I really like the short ribs and the spicy calamari risotto. Shiro is good, but I think it is overpriced.


              1. re: Terahertz
                Ernie RE: Terahertz Dec 16, 2009 02:45 PM

                Mike and Anne's is great, I also like their short ribs. Great breakfast there too

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