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

iL Divo Mar 2, 2010 09:18 PM

......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.

  1. iL Divo Mar 3, 2010 05:08 PM

    I had to make a decision last night so he could plan his work and incorporate lunch plans along side of his work.
    I took him to Malaqueta Brazillian Mediterranean Restaurant on Colorado Blvd. Although it wasn't what I had read about or the way people gave reviews about it, it was good and we had a great time chatting. Once I arrived there and waited for him, I took notice of the bevvy of eateries all around. It would have been easy enough to just park and walk to any number of places, but I wanted special and special is how it was touted.
    Thanks to all who helped with suggestions, he's there often in his line of work, and it's easy enough for me to meet him so I'll book mark this page for next time, cause next time, it's on him.......... :)

    1. WildSwede Mar 3, 2010 04:06 PM

      I know it's too late now, but I would go for Thai since good Thai is sorely lacking in Mpls. And I would go to President Thai on Rosemead which looks nice and has very good food.

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      1. re: WildSwede
        Jordan Mar 4, 2010 02:38 PM

        There is good Thai in Minneapolis. I've had good Thai in Pasadena, which is comparable, at Saladang Song and Daisy Mint. We did try President Thai once and didn't think it was all that good.

        1. re: Jordan
          WildSwede Mar 4, 2010 02:53 PM

          I have been to Mpls several times but when asked on CH for Thai recs, the locals are always bemoaning the fact that there is no good Thai there. I definitely prefer President over Saladang. Daisy Mint is very good - they serve all types of Asian cuisine, not only Thai.

          1. re: WildSwede
            ipsedixit Mar 4, 2010 04:50 PM

            President Thai (both locations) is awful.

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              mc michael Mar 4, 2010 07:02 PM

              I beg to differ on the Colorado location. It's not Jitlada for sure, but it can crank out an acceptable curry, etc.

            2. re: WildSwede
              Jordan Mar 5, 2010 05:57 AM

              I lived in Minneapolis for several years. The locals do argue over which Thai places are best (and disparage their non-favorites), but the best Thai there is comparable to what I've had in Pasadena.

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          pdn2 Mar 3, 2010 09:54 AM

          Try Briganti in South Pasadena... http://www.brigantisouthpas.com/ It's reasonable, quiet, comfotable and they make some pretty decent pasta

          If you want some a little more upscale and with nice patio dining try Mike and Ann's in South Pasadena as well. http://www.mikeandannes.com/

          Both are wihin a block of Videotheque which arguably is the best video store anywhere, anytime. (Just thought i'd put in a plug for a pretty remarkable institution)

          1. A5 KOBE Mar 3, 2010 09:49 AM

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

            http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com/

            1. ipsedixit Mar 3, 2010 07:05 AM

              If you want a burger joint, I vote for Pie N Burger. www.pienburger.com 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. www.perduesbbq.com

              1. Will Owen Mar 2, 2010 09:50 PM

                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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                  RoachCoach Mar 3, 2010 05:49 AM

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

                2. nsxtasy Mar 2, 2010 09:35 PM

                  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 - www.lgostationcafe.com

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

                  Mid Priced (not open for lunch)
                  Restaurant Shiro - www.restaurantshiro.com

                  Expensive (not open for lunch)
                  The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel - www.thediningroom-langham.com

                  I ended up going to the Dining Room at the Langham and I was frankly disappointed; you can read my report at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/676340

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

                  Pasadena - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644049
                  pasadena discovery - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/476009
                  Pasadena is weak! - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/373038
                  Pasadena Recommendations - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571497
                  Pasadena Recs - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/634760

                  If you'd consider going into L.A., I had a spectacular meal at a restaurant in Hollywood called Animal ( www.animalrestaurant.com ) that is highly regarded by Chowhounders. I posted a detailed report in the Chowhound discussion on this restaurant at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/645671 However, Animal is not open for lunch.

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                  1. re: nsxtasy
                    iL Divo Mar 3, 2010 05:29 AM

                    you're the bomb.com, 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. Das Ubergeek Mar 2, 2010 09:28 PM

                    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.

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