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dinner recommendations in Pasadena for NY'ers

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there are a few visitors from NY coming this week and need suggestions for dinner in pasadena. I think both are self proclaimed foodies and believe one of them works in the food/wine industry. one is a vegetarian and they don't want chinese or eat at a chain (roys' cheesecake factory). they want sort of a semi fancy pants dinner so taco trucks are out. i'm all out of ideas. help me please!

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  1. Hi trolley,

    If you want a "semi fancy pants dinner" in Pasadena, perhaps consider:

    * The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel - Chef Voltaggio (Top Chef) is cooking there until next month. You can go there, order their Tasting Menu and let the chef wow your food-loving friends. :)

    (Note: The link is for the Terrace at the Langham, but you'll be going to "The Dining Room" (strange the Chow Place Link seems to be missing...)

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    The Terrace at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Pasadena
    1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

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      1. re: mc michael

        noir is closed on the night they want to go. they've both been to the langham dining room and loved it but i think they want something one step below that. sorry for the miscommunication.

        1. re: trolley

          How about Shiro, Parkway Grill or Dish Bistro?

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          Parkway Grill
          510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

          Shiro Restaurant
          1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

          1. re: trolley

            Shiro or Vertical.

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            Shiro Restaurant
            1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

        2. How about Saladang Song for Thai-they have a great patio and would be veggie friendly. Otherwise maybe the Raymond?

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          Saladang
          363 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

          1. Maison Akira? I remember one or two fine vegetarian dishes, although mostly favouring the carnivore.

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            Maison Akira Restaurant
            713 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101