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Apr 17, 2010 09:15 PM

Pasadena near Convention center if possible

Going to be at a conference in Pasadena soon and will be staying near the Convention center so it would be nice to find something walkable, but we will have a car. Preferably would like something not too far from there.
We're from SD so are used to hearing that the local food sucks but we also know there are always local gems.
Love all kinds of food and could go any price range for dinner.

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  1. Well, there's Houston's and Ruth's Chris if you want to do a chain.

    There's also Azeen's for Afghani cuisine.

    Le Grande Orange is also within walking distance.

    If you want a hole-in-a-wall Mexican, there's El Toreo Cafe. on the corner of Fair Oaks and Colorado.

    Other places to consider include Dish Vertical Wine Bistro

    Enjoy your stay.

    Vertical Wine Bistro
    70 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

    El Toreo
    21 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      The Afghani restaurant sounds great and I think that's what we'll try! Thanks for the tip. No chains for us as SD is always dissed by CHers as being the place where Cheesecake Factory reigns supreme!

      1. re: ipsedixit

        A block closer the La Grande Orange, and to my taste better (if not as interesting architecturally) is Central Park, on Fair Oaks between Green Street and Del Mar. Sand dabs, flatiron steak and a damn good burger. Avoid the gluey mashed potatoes - they have a sumptuous potato gratin you can sub in, or their fries are quite good if you prefer those. Some friends of ours are gaga for the dinner salads; I'll take their word for it...

        Central Park Cafe
        219 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

        La Grande Orange Cafe
        260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Hi ipsedixit, I have seen you mention Dish in another thread and was wondering what was up as I thought you were referring to the place in La Canada which I don't think is Chowworthy. I'm glad you put the link because I wasn't even aware of Dish in Pasadena -no relation to the spot in La Canada. I look forward to trying it!

        2. elements kitchen recently opened, off el molino between green st & colorado

          1. One of my local favorites is Cafe Verde on Green St. Just a few doors east of there is Malbec. Both are walkable from the convention center area. Probably about a 10-minute walk.



            Cafe Verde
            961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

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            1. re: Jack Flash

              Woo-mentioning these places made me think of Europane which is close by. Their sandwiches (most notably the egg salad!) and pastries are excellent!

              1. re: crystaw

                The new europane across from the Paseo opens Apr 20th.

                1. re: dlew308

                  and they're already sold out of croissants.

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              1. Sushi Roku?
                Cafe Bizou?

                Cafe Bizou
                91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                Sushi Roku
                33 Miller Alley at One Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91103