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ISO Baby shower lunch in Pasadena/Arcadia/Monrovia

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I am in charge of organizing my sister's baby shower and I need a nice, relaxing place we can have lunch on a Saturday. Outdoor seating would be best but isn't mandatory. I'd also prefer something American or Italian - but doesn't have to be. It can't be too pricey $10-$15pp and preferably not extremely busy. Any suggestions?

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  1. I know it is a chain, but I went to a baby shower at Mimi's on Huntington in Monrovia a few years ago in that area that feels tented, so it kinda has a semi-outdoors feel - to the right as you enter. It was nice and they have a lot of various kinds of foods, so people can generally find something they like.

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Actually, I remember seeing a baby shower there the last time I was there. I'll keep that in mind.

    2. Both these recs are in Old Town Monrovia:

      Cafe Massilia-small French place that definitely falls within your budget

      Peach Cafe-more known for brunch and it has some outdoor seating.

      Both these places take reservations and I don't know the size of your party so it would probably be best to call ahead to make sure they can accomodate your group!

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      1. re: crystaw

        Both are solid suggestions, but the original poster wasn't clear on the total party size ... if it's anything over 8-10 people then Massilia will probably feel a bit cramped.

        Caffe Opera (around the corner on Myrtle) might be a good bet, too, and they have a nice airy private room that can seat about 20. NB: I've had better luck with their pastas and salads than with their sandwiches.

        1. re: Bradbury

          Wonder if Jake's BBQ on Myrtle would let you take their back patio. Pretty solid BBQ and sandwiches. I think Peach Cafe would have to close down to have a party since their space is so small... wonder if they would be willing to do that.

          1. re: WildSwede

            Thanks for the suggestions. I'm looking into Cafe Massilia. We're at 10 people, but I know my sister really likes French food. I've heard the food isn't that great at Caffe Opera, but always wanted to try it.

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            Cafe Massilia
            110 east lemon avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

      2. How about Cafe Bizou in Pasadena. We do a lot of showers at the one on Ventura Blvd, and they can't be nicer. The food is always good, and they will work with you.

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        Cafe Bizou
        91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103