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Anything worth checking out in Pasadena/Altadena?

I don't know the Pasadena or Altadena areas well at all. Anyone have suggestions on great places to eat that aren't chains? I'm open to anything...

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  1. There's a clutch of Chowish places on Lake north of the 210, e.g., The Hat, El Pollo Unico, Slaw Dogs.
    And Tonny's on Orange Grove, just off Lake.

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    The Slaw Dogs
    720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104

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    1. re: mc michael

      Get the Pozole at Tonnys! Hard to beat!

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      Tonny's Restaurant
      843 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

    2. Give me more of an idea what you're looking for. Price? Cusine? Fine dining vs casual?

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      1. re: SeaCook

        I like all kinds of food so I don't have any real preference on cuisine. Some of my favorites are anything Asian or possibly French Bistro, Mexican or standard American fare. Steakhouses are great too however I've usually found them to be a little overpriced considering what you get for the money. Although I enjoy fine dining sometimes, I mostly prefer something a little more casual.

      2. La Caravana on Lake north of the 210Fwy for some great pupusas (thank you for the rec, WildSwede!!)

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        1. Altadena spots:
          Bulgarini for gelato on Lake and Altadena
          Little Red Hen on Fair Oaks, just south of Mariposa for breakfast
          Park Bench in the Websters complex on Lake for sandwiches
          Pueblas Tacos on Woodbury
          Amy's Patio, Lake and Altadena for breakfast and lunch

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          Amy's Patio Cafe
          900 E Altadena Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

          1. Thanks everyone for the suggestions! Much appreciated and please do keep them coming!!

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            1. re: MPW425

              Two places to check out for lunch/earlier dinner. Little Flower Candy Co. and Auntie Em's (actually Eagle Rock).

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              Little Flower Candy Co
              1424 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA