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We went tonight. Split an half order of (3) really tasty deviled eggs. Had salmon entree and lobster tacos. And some wine. It's not inexpensive, especially the lobster tacos, but it's good. A surprize when the check came was that there was a $16 deduction for "Neighborhood Nite." Alright, I'll go for that.

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La Grande Orange Cafe
260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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  1. Had a really enjoyable brunch there last weekend. Nice space, too.

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    1. re: Hungry4Good

      It's really beautiful; my only problem is that all that tile makes for an acoustically lively room that can be fun and all, unless the bar crowd is being really loud (not uncommon) and there are too many kids in the dining area who haven't been taught about Indoor Voices. I had a disappointing burger (not much flavor and an almost instantly-dissolving bun), but that was some time ago. We might need to give them a week-night visit.

      1. re: Will Owen

        Especially if you can get a neighborhood nite discount.

    2. I had some good swordfish tacos for lunch there recently, nice sitting out on the patio.

      1. I really want (and wanted) to like LGO, but just can't recommend it anymore.

        For what you get, it's extremely overpriced. Food is mediocre -- the pizzas are nothing to fight over, the fish dishes we've had were all oversalted and made you wonder why there wasn't a gratis bread basket, and the burgers only saving grace is that the portions were quite large. Even the chocolate chip cookies failed to hit the spot ... just too sweet and no choco flavor.

        The main dining room(s) are a bit too dark making you feel almost gothic, but the patio area can be nice esp. on a nice spring or early summer evening.

        But I suppose if you got $16 off your meal, it probably would be OK ...

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I think you are being a little harsh on the quality of the food, but it is expensive. Can't speak to the pizza unless it's the same stuff coming from the Luggage Room next door. In which case, I think it's better, but the ambience is not as good. If you thought LGO was goth, try TLR. It does however have some nice art work on the (black) walls. Spotted a Ruscha for example.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I had a disappointing fish dish there a few months back (way overcooked), but my favorite is the short ribs with the fried egg on top. Was just there this past Saturday and the short ribs did NOT disappoint - they were better than ever before. My dining companion had the bone-in filet which was also very good. I also ordered the brussel sprout salad, which in the past had been very good, but it was just ok this time.

            What I never noticed before were the wicker chairs at the tables in the main dining room. I had thought those were solid wood chairs... did they change them out recently? I did not like the wicker chairs at all - on the big side and at an odd angle - so you either had to sit/slouch way back or just sit up (without a chair back).

            All that said - it's still my favorite Pasadena place for dinner, these days. Now if only I could remember to go on a neighborhood night :(