Your Favorite Pasadena Bistro?
My wife and I are always going to our usual places, such as Madeleine's or Cafe Beaujolais, so tomorrow night we want to try a bistro we've never been to. All of these look pretty good:
Bistro de la Gare
Which is your favorite? All of the above? None?
961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106
1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
Bistro de la Gare
921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
1712 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Madeleine's Restaurant & Wine Bistro
1030 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106
Derek's Bistro-Dickerson West Caterers
183 E Glenarm St, Pasadena, CA 91105
FYI, Madeleine's has been closed for about a year now. It's just as well, they went through some changes in the back, and the think the down economy took them out. You are in luck though, the former chef at Madeleine's Claud Beltran opened up a new place on Mentor next to the Ice House. It's called Noir. It's pretty small, though the recently opened patio will be nice I think when the days get longer (and when it's not raining). They have an extensive wine list and the food, which is mostly small plates, is excellent.
I'd recommend it, but make a reservation, because it is small.
Noir Food & Wine
40 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
Wow, I'm surprised. I didn't realize it's been more than a year since we went! It's continuing to be recommended on the boards, too...
Noir looks great. I feel a little bad now about not supporting Claud more at Madeleine's, so we'll have to give it a shot tonight!
Thanks to all for your input. I'm definitely going to put a star next to Red White + Bluezz for next time.
Except for Cafe Beaujolais, I've never tried the places on your list... due to mixed reviews I've read here on CH and around the web.
My favorite evening out in Pasadena is generally Red White + Bluezz. Vertical Wine Bistro is on my radar again, too, with the arrival of Chef Laurent Quenioux. We went for his Sunday night cassoulet dinner a few weeks ago and it was spectacular.
We also enjoy Briganti in South Pasadena-- lovely enclosed patio, and Gus's BBQ though that's not exactly a bistro.
Vertical Wine Bistro
70 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
1423 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030
I've only had breakfast at Cafe Verde. Not cheap, but good.
You might consider Smitty's but I think Red White + Bluezz is better.
Red White & Bluezz
70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Agree re: Quadrupel. With a Belgian name and Belgian Art-Nouveau decor theme, I was hoping they'd have a nice Belgian menu too, but it seems they lost their nerve and went Continental-California-whateverish. It wasn't horrible but wasn't memorable either, and there are better options at that price.