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Parkway Grill in Pasadena.....

Funwithfood Sep 20, 2010 08:55 PM

How is Parkway Grill in Pasadena these days?

We haven't been for years, is it as good as it used to be...?

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Parkway Grill
510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

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  1. Funwithfood RE: Funwithfood Sep 25, 2010 07:21 PM

    No one??

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      ipsedixit RE: Funwithfood Sep 25, 2010 07:32 PM

      Too many other options that are more interesting and at better price points in that area.

      Haven't been back in about 1.5 years (if I recall correctly). My last visit was fine, food was good but not great, service was professional. No complaints, but then not exactly memorable.

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        Funwithfood RE: ipsedixit Sep 25, 2010 10:07 PM

        So sad.

        Is Julienne still good?

        What else is worthy of a visit in Pasadena?

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          ipsedixit RE: Funwithfood Sep 25, 2010 10:15 PM

          I like Malbec, The Raymond, Elements Kitchen, Shiro (South Pas) and Mike & Anne's (South Pas).

          There is nothing wrong, or sad as you say, about Parkway Grill. It is what it is, nothing wrong with that.

          Julienne not open for dinner.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Funwithfood RE: ipsedixit Sep 25, 2010 10:20 PM

            I know, but is Julienne still a treasure?

            The Raymond was tired years ago, is it now revived?

            What is good at Malbec & Elements Kitchen?

            Thanks

            1. re: Funwithfood
              ipsedixit RE: Funwithfood Sep 25, 2010 10:35 PM

              I have not been to Julienne for a while now, and since I've lost my box at the Bowl, have had no reason to go there for a basket, which was one of it's main selling points for me.

              Raymond is under new ownership, with a new chef. You should check it out. http://pasadenanow.com/main/the-raymo...

              Malbec: I like the skirt steak and all of their pastas that I've tried are fantastic, esp. the potato dumplings. Stick to your bones kind of food.

              Elements Kitchen: I like their breakfast pot pie during brunch, and their risotto and lobster cakes were good at dinner as well.

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              Elements Kitchen
              37 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

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                Fru RE: ipsedixit Sep 26, 2010 07:28 AM

                Regarding the Raymond, new chef yes, relatively new ownership as it has been owned by the current owners for about the last 3 years or so.

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                ocshooter RE: Funwithfood Sep 27, 2010 11:28 AM

                I still love Julienne's. As long as they keep making the lamb sandwich, they will have my vote. I think it has dropped about 1/2 a notch over the decade+ I have been going, though I do not get there nearly as often as I would like. If I am in downtown or near Pasadena with a free lunch hour, I will always think of Julienne's first.

      2. Jordan RE: Funwithfood Sep 27, 2010 11:12 AM

        I was there for Father's Day. My first visit. I thought it was good for what it was -- a steakhouse. The mac & cheese side dish, in particular, was excellent.

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          ipsedixit RE: Jordan Sep 27, 2010 11:19 AM

          Steakhouse? Interesting, given that they have only 2 steak choices on their menu (filet and NY). Which steak did you have?

          http://www.theparkwaygrill.com/

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Jordan RE: ipsedixit Sep 27, 2010 01:09 PM

            Duh. I had the filet at the Arroyo Chop House. Apparently, I got my restaurants mixed up.

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            Arroyo Chop House
            536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Funwithfood RE: ipsedixit Sep 27, 2010 01:11 PM

              It used to be top-notch, classic American cuisine...not a steakhouse.

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                susiequeue RE: Funwithfood Sep 27, 2010 10:36 PM

                I still like The Parkway Grill. It an old stand-by, and it's pretty, gracious, classy, and has good food. NOT what i'd call a value,though. Last time we went, they charged us for what we thought was the free bread on the table! Maybe it's just my misty water-colored mem'ries, but I still like it!

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                Parkway Grill
                510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

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                  Funwithfood RE: susiequeue Sep 28, 2010 06:24 PM

                  Wow, they charged you for bread??

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                    susiequeue RE: Funwithfood Sep 28, 2010 06:38 PM

                    Yeah, they really charged us for the bread! We were furious and my colleague went to the ladies' room and took a handful of tampons (which they 'gave" for free) just to show them! (Sorry to be crude but it cracked me up. And she didn't need them -- over 50!) But I still have a soft spot for the Parkway Grill...!

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                    Parkway Grill
                    510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

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                      ipsedixit RE: susiequeue Sep 28, 2010 07:09 PM

                      This might be one of those outrageously funny responses I've ever read to being charged for bread.

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                        carter RE: ipsedixit Sep 29, 2010 08:01 AM

                        Agree totally - one of the funniest responses, ever, on this board after reading how many of them!
                        But the Parkway has morphed into being a prettier version of the Arroyo Chop House next door. But the menus are getting closer and closer to one another. Quality good to very good, though, but hardly cutting edge as Parkway used to be.

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                        Arroyo Chop House
                        536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

                        1. re: carter
                          Funwithfood RE: carter Sep 29, 2010 08:59 PM

                          So sad.

                          Has the management changed?

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