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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 - 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

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

            http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com/

            1. 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. 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

                  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

                    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

                      President Thai (both locations) is awful.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        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

                        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.

                  2. 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.......... :)