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Mar 2, 2010 09:18 PM

Cousin in town from Minneapolis, where can we eat in Pasedena, California.....

......tomorrow, yea, tomorrow.........just hours away from today, yikes. I just found out he's here.
So, with no time to plan, I need help here. So here's the deal........
he's a man of distinction
a man of honor
a man of ultimate relevance
and I could go on and on.
however, he's my favorite cousin and I'd love to wow him with just plain wonderful good food. it'll probably be a late-ish lunch.
don't care what kind of food, we're both easy that way.
so is it a burger joint, a sushi place, good Italian or ???
please, if you know of a wonderful place that is known for always putting out good food, let me know of it so we can have a great meal, thanks.

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  1. If you want a burger, go to Lucky Boy's on Arroyo Parkway.

    I haven't been but I hear from people I trust that Noir's $16 lunch is a good deal.

    1. I'm from out of town, and was visiting Pasadena and L.A. this past weekend. I was considering the following places based on topics here on Chowhound:

      Moderately Priced
      La Grande Orange Café -

      Moderately Priced
      Restaurant 561 -
      This is a cooking school in which its students serve the public.

      Mid Priced (not open for lunch)
      Restaurant Shiro -

      Expensive (not open for lunch)
      The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel -

      I ended up going to the Dining Room at the Langham and I was frankly disappointed; you can read my report at

      Here are Chowhound topics that helped me research restaurants in Pasadena:

      Pasadena -
      pasadena discovery -
      Pasadena is weak! -
      Pasadena Recommendations -
      Pasadena Recs -

      If you'd consider going into L.A., I had a spectacular meal at a restaurant in Hollywood called Animal ( ) that is highly regarded by Chowhounders. I posted a detailed report in the Chowhound discussion on this restaurant at However, Animal is not open for lunch.

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        you're the, thank you so much. I "searched" pasedena ca restaurants here and came up with a bunch of recipes, so I guess I did something wrong. I'll read about Animal...however we only do have lunch and this is the only day where he and I are both available so it's gotta be lunch today.

        being born and raised in Santa Monica, I'm familiar with places around that area to eat, but he's staying in Pasedena and I'm trying to make it easy on both of us this time around. thanks though..........I may have to take my husband to animal........

      2. Parkway Grill is sort of the Fine Dining default for lunch, but I'd probably pick Central Park instead. If the weather's nice, or close enough to it, Julienne's on Mission in San Marino is damn good, but only outside, and I think it's gonna be cold. Green Street is very much better for lunch than dinner, and has a good casual-but-fine menu. Mrs. O, who used to work around the corner, likes Malbec on Green for lunch - Argentine food, very good on meat, nice wine selection.

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        1. re: Will Owen

          Jullienne's is a great rec and they do have tables inside too but if it's warm the patio is the best.

        2. If you want a burger joint, I vote for Pie N Burger. Saddle up to the counter, order a couple of burgers, some potato salad, and finish off your meal with a thick slice of coconut meringue pie.

          If you've got a hankering for Mexican, check out Tonny's (at 843 E Orange Grove Blvd).

          And if you want BBQ try Perdue's.

          1. Green Street Restaurant is a nice place to get some good food.