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Pasadena area -- looking for weekend lunch spot with patio

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broccoliluv Sep 22, 2010 09:59 PM

I have friends driving from opposite directions and meeting for a Saturday lunch in Pasadena (both are about an hour away). They would very much like to lunch where there is an outdoor patio for dining. In the past one of the people has enjoyed the patio at Il Fornaio in Old Town, but they'd like something different this time. They are open to almost any type of cuisine and price range medium and up -- mainly looking for location suggestions and I'll let them sort out food preferences. Sidewalk dining is OK if on a relatively quiet street (I suggested Malbec). There used to be a great patio at the back of Market City Caffe -- has anything gone into that space and, if so, is the patio still in use? They'll both be coming off the freeway for lunch, so South Pas is probably too far on streets, but places in La Canada / Montrose, etc., could also work. Thanks for any suggestions you can offer.

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    Jack Flash RE: broccoliluv Sep 23, 2010 12:26 AM

    Malbec is a good choice, as is Cafe Verde (my personal fave) right down the street.

    Consider the patio at either Green Street Restaurant or the Counter, just next door.

    Elements Cafe has tables on the side street (not on Fair Oaks), and I've found it a very pleasant place to have lunch. There's Julienne in San Marino, though you may have to wait for a table.

    They have outdoor tables now at Porta Via, at California & Fair Oaks, too.

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    Cafe Verde
    961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

    Green Street Restaurant
    146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Porta Via
    424 N. Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      Peripatetic RE: Jack Flash Sep 23, 2010 12:59 AM

      One nice thing about the patios at Green Street Restaurant and The Counter is that they are on Shoppers Lane, a quiet side street.

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      Green Street Restaurant
      146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

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        WildSwede RE: Peripatetic Sep 23, 2010 01:40 PM

        I second (or third) Green Street and Mike & Anne's. If you are into really good build-your-own burgers, then The Counter (next to Green Street as Jack mentioned) is your place. Service is great at all 3 as is the food.

        Hey, Jack, don't you find the sewer smell on Green Street (the street not the restaurant) off-putting when you sit outside. I almost gag every time I am in the area. Just wondering.

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        Mike & Anne's
        1040 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

        Green Street Restaurant
        146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101

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          Jack Flash RE: WildSwede Sep 23, 2010 04:39 PM

          The smell (and actually, I think it's not from the sewer, but rotting detritus from the trees that line Green) doesn't seem quite so bad when I sit outside as it does farther down the block. Of course, we only sit outside in nice weather, during the day. On those days, we have usually walked there from our house, which has us coming all the way along Green from Hill. By then, we may be accustomed to the smell (which you'll find the entire length of Green).

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            WildSwede RE: Jack Flash Sep 23, 2010 05:24 PM

            So gross. I have noticed it in the section of Green in Old Town as well.

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              Jack Flash RE: WildSwede Sep 23, 2010 10:31 PM

              It's those darned ficus trees (which also destroy sidewalks; one of the worst things that can be planted in an urban environment, yet they're evergreen and grow very quickly).

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                WildSwede RE: Jack Flash Sep 24, 2010 10:46 AM

                Well, they yanked up all those trees on Colorado a couple of years ago - and they weren't doing anything to anyone. Have the restaurants made a stink (sorry had to throw that one out!) about it to the city that you know of?

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                  Jack Flash RE: WildSwede Sep 24, 2010 11:12 AM

                  I haven't heard anything, no.

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                    WildSwede RE: Jack Flash Sep 24, 2010 01:43 PM

                    I think that is so weird, as I am sure that patrons must comment on it.

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      Fru RE: broccoliluv Sep 23, 2010 06:32 AM

      How about Julienne in San Marino? I just re-read your post and see you want to stay away from street driving south but I still think it is a great rec.http://www.juliennetogo.com/restauran...

      1. ipsedixit RE: broccoliluv Sep 23, 2010 09:41 AM

        Mike & Anne's.
        www.mikeandannes.com

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        Mike & Anne's
        1040 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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          RoxyGrl RE: broccoliluv Sep 23, 2010 02:22 PM

          I have always liked Cafe Santorini's patio.

          Also, pretty much every restaurant in Sierra Madre has sidewalk or patio dining - Charcuterie, Barney's, Cafe 311, Corfu, Lucky Baldwin's, Casa Del Rey... The food isn't always earth-shattering but you really can't beat the view or the small town atmosphere and it's very freeway-close.

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          Cafe Santorini
          70 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

          Lucky Baldwins
          17 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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            TracyO RE: broccoliluv Sep 24, 2010 07:50 AM

            I second Julienne's in San Marino. I had lunch there on Monday with three other people and the salads and sandwiches were WONDERFUL. However, they do not take reservations and they will not seat you until everyone in your group is there.

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              Fru RE: TracyO Sep 24, 2010 01:55 PM

              Yes, a bone of contention. As many times as I've been there and they know my face, they will not seat you until everyone is there.

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                wenster RE: TracyO Sep 24, 2010 10:35 PM

                Have to third Julienne's in San Marino. We live down the street and we never get there often enough... if they make it for brunch they do have some killer dishes!

                If they are coming off of the 134 or the 110, there is also Le Grande Orange on Del Mar and Raymond. Lots of patio space and easy parking in the Archstone apartments...

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