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Dec 29, 2010 11:38 AM

Inexpensive hole in the wall good American food Pasadena?

Hi guys,

Anyone know of a good American inexpensive "hole in the wall" but good food restaurant in the area around the Rose Bowl. One that is still open? It's kinda a joke I am playing on relatives who took me to a hole in the wall in Tennessee. Need to get them back. Mexican 2nd choice. Thanks, you guys are the best!

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Pastrami sandwich and chili cheese fries should do it - for the whole group - burp!

      1. re: bulavinaka

        ... or better yet, Pastrami Chili Cheese Fries with gravy!

        1. re: ipsedixit

          They OP would need to hire outside help to finish that one. ME! ME! PICK ME!!!

      2. re: ipsedixit


        Just get ONE order of fries or onion rings or any side. Trust me...

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Probably as bad an example of pastrami as there is. You want fat, you get it.
          You want pastrami, go elsewhere.

          1. re: carter

            I'm not a pastrami fan -- either at the Hat or anywhere else (Langer's included). Might go for pastrami once in a while at Oinkster, but generally could care less.

            But at the Hat it's always the roast beef dip and some chili cheese fries with onions, tomatoes and pickles.

          1. Of course, there's nothing really "in the area around the Rose Bowl," per se, given its geographical situation. The Hat (mentioned above; on Lake) is a solid choice. There are two hot dog places in town that each have their own merits (Slaw Dogs, also on Lake & Dog Haus, on Hill; overall I prefer the former, but each has strong points, and I think I like the chili better at Haus). I'm not really sure if Pie 'n' Burger constitutes a "hole in the wall," and like any other venerable institution it has both its admirers and detractors, but I think it's a very solid choice for a local establishment serving tasty and unpretentious food.

            There's a wealth of Mexican options, one of which is Tonny's (Orange Grove at Lake). You'll find many positive recommendations here on chowhound.

            Tonny's Restaurant
            843 E Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

            Dog Haus
            105 N Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

            1. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is American Food. 830 Lake.

              Not as inexpensive as The Hat. Get there at 8 a.m. so are not waiting in the lines...


              1. Pie and Burger isn't that far afield and has the right ambience. Definitely feels like you're slumming it but the food is quite good.

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                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    Explain, please.

                    Mathew Broderick and Richard Dreyfuss were (and are?) regulars there.

                    1. re: Phurstluv

                      "f'ing scary"? Now _that's_ a unique take on PnB! I've been dozens of times and have always enjoyed it. The burgers are slightly better when the older gentlemen is at the grill -- I don't know why exactly, but everything melds together a bit better. The pies are always excellent no matter who's at the grill. Okay, the fries are meh, and the few times I've experimented with their non-burger entrees have been disappointing, but their pies and burgers are decidedly non-scary.

                      Perhaps PnB's air of charming neglect is offensive to rarefied sensibilities?

                      1. re: Peripatetic

                        I'm kinda glad the fries are boring, because their potato salad is damn near perfect, and this way it's not hard for me to choose. As for alternative sandwiches, I always finish the tuna with tuna salad dripping off my elbows and a great big grin.

                        I guess this place would be "scary" to anyone who's addicted to all tidy and shiny. Me, first time I walked in I was Home.

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Interesting, I'll have to try the potato salad on my next visit. I was disappointed by their chicken pot pie, patty melt, and chili, which made me think that -- like many Chinese places in the SGV -- they excelled at a handful of items and the rest of the menu was essentially decoration.

                          PnB won't appeal to the mysophobic, but it's hard to think of it as "scary", and it's far from the "most filthy restaurant I have ever been to in the U.S." (as another commentator remarked).

                          1. re: Peripatetic

                            "most filthy restaurant I have ever been to in the U.S."

                            That title might belong to PnB's nearby neighbor ... Burgers Continental.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Big fat AAAYY-men to that, ipse. BC smells bad. P&B smells like food.

                              I was deeply disappointed in the P&B patty melt, too, especially after J. Gold's glowing recommendation. Mine in no way resembled the one he described, down to my postage-stamp slices of "cheese". I ascribed this to an off day, and still intend to give it another try.

                              1. re: Will Owen

                                Second that (the BC comments). I like PnB's Tuna Melt and their salad with their homemade Thousand.

                      2. re: Phurstluv

                        If you don't like it, then you don't like it. But, PLEASE, reserve words like scary for places that really are like Burger Continental.

                        Burger Continental
                        535 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101