Tasty restaurants near Gold Line in Pasadena.....
I am coming down from Ridgecrest (its HOT here!!) with friends and under the heading of "we're doing this for something different to do" we are taking the Metro Link from Lancaster to Union Station and will transfer to the Gold Line into Pasadena.
So, I would love to hear about any good restaurants near that area..nothing exorbitant, just tasty, maybe even innovative (not necessary though), food with a casual ambience.....it would need to be where we could walk from the gold line....we are willing to walk several blocks plus.....American, Mexican, Italian, Eclictic are the types of food I think my friends will go for.
As a side note: how far is the shopping on Colorado from the Gold Line?
Thanks for any help!
The Memorial Park station puts you at the foot of stairs going up to Holly Street just half a block off Raymond, two blocks north of Colorado. There's the Holly Street Bar & Grill a half-block east from where you come out, of which I've heard some good and some indifferent - never tried it myself - and west, at Raymond, is Cafe Bizou. There are some others in that block going south - a Japanese place I know nothing about, Xiomara of which I do (not all good), Nonya which has gotten shall we say *mixed* reviews...around the corner on Union is Cafe Atlantic - supposed to be good Cuban - and Greco's which we liked very much despite merely OK food. And so on and on...that whole area really is such a hotbed of interesting eateries, one can only shake one's head and wonder: all these people mobbing the Cheesecake Factory - WHAT are they thinking??
re: Will Owen
Problem is that Cheesecake Factory is probably better than half of them, including Cafe Bizou. You did not mention Yujean Kang, in that same Raymond block, which to some is quite good gourmet Chinese food, as opposed to the regular Chinese restaurants found in the Valley Blvd. corridor.
Club 41 at 41 S. Delacey can be a fun lunch in an old world type environment, but don't expect anything gourmet.
Here's a link to one relatively recent thread that talks about food near the Gold Line. (There are others that I can't find right now.) For Old Town/Colorado Blvd, use either the Del Mar or Memorial Park station--each just a few blocks from Colorado Blvd.
If you're looking for good pizza, take the Lake exit and walk a couple of blocks to Avanti Cafe. They have California-style pizzas which I think are much better than what you'll find at California Pizza Kitchen. My favorite one is the glazed apple pizza. Yum!
Depending on when you're going to be doing this excursion, you might consider getting off at the Mission St. stop in South Pasadena, then walking about 1 block to Firefly Bistro (see link below). The food is decent, but what makes this place worth the stop is the setting. It's mostly outdoor seating (though under a tent, so you don't have the sun beating down on you). You can then get back on the train to head into Old Town Pasadena for shopping, etc. But Firefly is a nice option, and very close (we're talking two minute walk, tops) to the station.
If you happen to be there on Thursday afternoon/evening, the South Pas farmers' market is held adjacent to the Mission St. station, and Firefly has a special "tapas" menu that evening.