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Good place to celebrate/eat in Pasadena?

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sammy77777 Jun 17, 2011 10:24 AM

I'm taking a good friend of mine out tonight to celebrate her new job, but I'm not really familiar with Pasadena. Can anyone suggest a fun place with good food/drinks that's good for a celebratory evening? Nothing TOO expensive either.

Thank you!!!

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    foodandscience RE: sammy77777 Jun 21, 2011 10:37 AM

    I love Le Grande Orange. Sitting on the patio, having some cocktails and wine, and a great dinner. If you like pizza, you could also try their pizzeria, that's attached to the building called The Luggage Room. Great artisanal pizzas and wine. Not crazy expensive but a fun atmosphere in both.

    1. matikin9 RE: sammy77777 Jun 21, 2011 11:03 AM

      I agree with La Grande Orange and The Luggage Room.

      Yard House is not bad for a chain and if you go late at night (after 10pm), they have 50% off certain appetizers, pizzas, and sliders.

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      Yard House
      330 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

      La Grande Orange
      260 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

      Luggage Room Pizza
      260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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        TonyC RE: matikin9 Jun 22, 2011 12:29 PM

        Vertical Wine.

        LGO's crowd/portion/food reminds me of an Upscale Cheesecake Factory.

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          mc michael RE: TonyC Jun 22, 2011 12:38 PM

          LGO does have occasional interesting specials like lobster tacos. Luggage Room has cool pizzas. But I agree about LGO's portions etc. You can probably get a fixed price special of better food at Vertical at about the same overall price point as LGO. The thing is though with the portions at LGO, you can get by with just the entree. At Vertical, you'll probably want more than one dish. YMMV.

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