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Mar 10, 2010 08:25 AM

Pasadena lunch recommendations?

I want to spend the better part of a day in April visiting the Norton Simon Museum and the Huntington Library. I would appreciate any recommendations for a place for lunch in the area of either or somewhere in between. I am pretty much open to any type of cuisine in any price range but would want somewhere I can sit down as I expect I'll be on my feet before and after.

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  1. The Little Flower Cafe is up the street from the Norton Simon and they have lovely sandwiches. Also I would recommend Daisy Mint, it's closer to the Huntington. They serve light asian food. The Beef Salad, the duck noodle soup, the Tom Yum, and the poached salmon are IMHO teh best dishes there.

    Little Flower Candy Co1424 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105-1414(626) 304-4800‎

    Daisy Mint LLC1218 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106-1842(626) 792-2999‎

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    1. re: PurpleTeeth

      I second the Daisy Mint rec. I love the salmon, Tom Yum, beef salad and will add: spicy spaghetti and the eggplant dish. Actually, everything I have had there I have liked with the exception of the Pad Thai.
      Also, The Huntington has a nice tea house where you can have tea and an assortment of mini-sandwiches (this is the only all you can eat tea I have been to and it is pretty good). Reservations recommended (required). Have fun!

    2. 1. My favorite Pasadena lunch is a huge salad in the cottage-y vibe of Marston's, a few blocks north on Walnut.

      2. Elements Cafe (south on Fair Oaks) has a brie and pear panini I first read about here on Chowhound and frequently crave. Seating at Elements is mostly outdoors, and, because the kitchen is teeny, unfortunately it always takes forever to get served.

      3. Villa Sorriso has a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, and more. Seating indoor or on their enclosed patio.

      4. Tibet-Nepal House does a buffet (at least they used to) that I've always meant to try. Seems like a good way to sample a new cuisine.

      5. My husband and I always enjoy Hurry Curry's Japanese curry and rice on a chillier day.

      6. A little bit more of a drive, but Burrito Express on Washington just east of Hill does killer burritos.

      7. Gus's BBQ in South Pasadena. Mmm.

      8. Or, drive a couple of miles west to my neighborhood Eagle Rock for Dave's Chillin' N Grillin' (fantastic sandwiches), The Oinkster, Larkins (southern), or Spitz (Doner kabob sandwiches).

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      1. re: avivale

        Elements Kitchen is now located on El Molino next to the Pasadena Playhouse.

        Elements Kitchen
        37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

        1. re: inlikeflt

          To be fair, Elements is in both locations.

          Elements Cafe is still on Fair Oaks, just south of Green St.
          Elements Kitchen, as you correctly noted, is newly opened on El Molino in the Theater District.

          1. re: inlikeflt

            From perusing their website, I got the impression that the larger, new Elements Kitchen has an entirely different menu and intent than the been-there-awhile Elements on Fair Oaks.

            It also seems that they renamed the one on Fair Oaks to "Elements Cafe". Yes, quite confusing.

            BTW has anyone tried the new Elements (Kitchen) yet?

            1. re: avivale

              As far as I can tell, the new place (Kitchen) is currently open only for dinner; the Cafe, on the other hand, is only open during the day. I intend to check out Kitchen in the near future, whenever dwindling funds allow.

              1. re: Jack Flash

                Elements Kitchen just announced this week that they would start lunch service on the 23rd of this month! ...

        2. Lots of good suggestions already, but I think any trip to the Huntington deserves a lunch stop at Julienne.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            One good argument for Julienne, aside from just how very nice it is to sit out front on a nice day and have good food, is that it's very much on the way between your two destinations.

            I love the roast lamb sandwich. Rosemary raisin bread sounds weird, but it honestly works. Promise.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Julienne indeed, for all of the reasons stated.

              I'll also throw in my usual recommendation for Cafe Verde, which is also relatively conveniently located between Norton Simon & Huntington Library.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              Julienne is sort of a vibrational match for the Huntington.

              1. re: mc michael

                It's best seen as an ethnic restaurant: overprivileged white people, comfortable and polite because they're amongst their own kind, eating their native cuisine. We can blend right in, though nowadays, thank heaven, you don't have to actually be white to do that.

                Also like the Huntington, they have a "gift shop" - their takeout deli. Bring money and a cooler...

                1. re: Will Owen

                  OWP = overprivileged white person.

                  I love it!

            3. Although I've had bad service a few times here (from the young latino guy), I wanted to throw in a mention for Europane

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