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Apr 27, 2010 11:04 AM
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Lunch in Pasadena for about $10-$15/person

Hi Folks,

I am new to CHOW and my MIL recommended that I search here for a good restaurant idea. I am graduating with my masters (finally!) in Pasadena next month and I would like to take my cheering section out to lunch afterwards as thanks. I have searched the posts prior to this, but things seem a bit out of my price range; I want to treat, but I have a budget of about $10-$15 per person. Also, my mom is not going to be okay with anything "weird" and to her sushi is weird, just so you get the idea.

Thanks so much in advance and happy eating!

Rebecca

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  1. How about Elements Kitchen? http://elementskitchen.com/kitchen_me...

    Or maybe Julienne? http://juliennetogo.com/restaurant-lu...

    Both are pretty safe, non-"weird" choices.

    Congrats btw.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      You're gonna be hard-pressed to do lunch for under $15 pp at Julienne; that's less than the price of most single dishes, as I recall. I agree with JAB's suggestion of Green Street - good food in that price range, nothing remotely "weird", and they can easily accommodate a good crowd.

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      Green Street Restaurant
      146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

      1. re: Will Owen

        The prices at Green Street and Julienne for lunch are both comparable. Most sandwiches are in the 10-12 range and entrees generally top out at 18-19.

        Compare Green St. http://www.greenstreetrestaurant.com/... with Julienne's lunch menu http://juliennetogo.com/restaurant-lu...

        That said, if the OP really wanted to stick to a 10-15 budget per person, she'd be hard pressed to come within budget even at a place like In-N-Out.

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        Green Street Restaurant
        146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I guess I was just remembering Julienne's burger, which was the most expensive and least good of all I tried on my last quest. A bit over $17, and burnt around the edges. The other thing I remember from there is the lamb sandwich, quite nice but not cheap either.

          If Green Street is too expensive, you could always drop in at The Counter next door...

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          Green Street Restaurant
          146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

          1. re: Will Owen

            The lamb sandwich at Julienne's is my favorite sandwich in LA, bar none. I am not in the area often, but I have been known to pop into the attached market and get an extra (especially in the day-old/half price basket) for the next day. A lunch can be had for the OP's range, but only with water and no dessert.

            There is always Wolfe Burger, or is that gone as well (It's been almost 20 years since I graduated from college in Pasadena).

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            Wolfe Burgers
            46 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

            1. re: ocshooter

              Wolfe Burger is still there but no more tamale pies, however ...

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              Wolfe Burgers
              46 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

              1. re: ocshooter

                Julienne's lamb sandwich is indeed a very fine and tasty sandwich.
                I'll also recommend Julienne but it'd be tough to meet the budget. Def not if tax,tip are meant to be included.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              ipse; " 10-15 budget per person, she'd be hard pressed to come within budget even at a place like In-N-Out."
              ???? That needs an explanation. When combined w/ ipse's recent comment: "I don't believe 5 for iced tea is all that out of the ordinary." I'm beginning to think (tongue in cheek) ipse doesn't pay for ipse's* food and that's why ipse's able to eat at EVERY SINGLE resto in the LA area.

              *sorry, but I don't know if ipse is a man or woman's name.

              1. re: ilikefood

                Well let's see.

                A double-double is about $3+, a shake or a drink is about 1.50 or 2, an order of fries is about 2. That gets you to about 8 or 9 and I rarely have just one burger, nor do most of my In N Out compadres.

                So, yes you can do In N Out within budget but it certainly isn't a given.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  You can get 2 double doubles a fry and a large drink for under $10 at In - N - Out.

        2. 561 which is the Le Cordon Blue cooking school restaurant.

          561 East Green Street Tel: 626.229.1377
          Pasadena, CA 91101 Fax: 626-683-7349

          Serving Lunch
          12:00pm - 3:00 pm
          Monday - Friday

          1. How many in your party? Green Street comes to my mind.

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            Green Street Restaurant
            146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

            1. You didn't say how many there would be in your party.
              $10 -15?
              1. Mongol's BBQ . Mongolian Bbq. Call first and see if they can accommodate your group.
              2. Delhi Palace for their Indian buffet.

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              1. re: Sam D.

                "Also, my mom is not going to be okay with anything "weird" and to her sushi is weird, just so you get the idea."
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                I think both Mongolian BBQ and Indian food would probably fall into the OP's category of "weird" ....

              2. I like Barney's Ltd. on Colorado, but it has been ages since I have been there. It is not associated with Barney's Beanery in Hollywood, but there seems to be an outlet for them in Pasadena as well. Julienne's in San Marino is one of my favorite spots, but it is probably just out of your price range unless you get everyone to order carefully ($20 pp is a more realistic budget). Cafe Bizou (http://cafebizou.com/menu_pas.php) is also a good option that may be just out of your price range, though on average it might fit.

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                Julienne
                2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108

                Cafe Bizou
                91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                Barneys Ltd
                93 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105