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sallyawalk Jul 26, 2011 06:28 PM

Any recommendations for dinner near the Caltech campus? Will be dressed casually, but willing to try anything and open to something a bit pricey. Thanks!

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    sallyawalk Aug 5, 2011 06:54 PM

    We are back from our trip, so thought I would give an update. We ended up at Saladang, and really enjoyed our meal. The best thing was the Pun Klib (Thai dumplings with chicken & peanuts). Kind of sweet, sticky, and we could have eaten a dozen more. Thanks for all the advice!

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    Saladang
    363 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

    1. cant talk...eating Jul 30, 2011 05:29 PM

      Bistro 45 is good, a bit upscale for too casual (i.e., I wouldn't wear shorts/t-shirt).

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      Bistro 45
      45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

      1. martyR Jul 30, 2011 08:39 AM

        Derek's Bistro on Glenarm and Marengo

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          Jack Flash Jul 30, 2011 08:54 AM

          Derek's is closed, alas.

        2. scottca075 Jul 27, 2011 03:04 PM

          How near CalTech? Any place in Pasadena or do you want to walk from CalTech? if you are driving, for Thai we like Saladang, Santorini for interesting dining, it is a really fun atmosphere. In the same complex as Santorini is AKA Bistro and Sushi Roku is close by. There is also Roy's on Colorado and they are consistently good.

          If you are walking, look at Cham Korean Bistro on Lake in addition to Celestino and Pie 'n Burger.

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          Pie 'n Burger
          913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

          Saladang
          363 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

          Sushi Roku
          33 Miller Alley at One Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91103

          Celestino Restaurant
          141 S Lake Ave Ste 102, Pasadena, CA 91101

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            sallyawalk Jul 27, 2011 08:01 PM

            We will have a car, and would be willing to drive a few miles. Although I see some promising suggestions already that appear to be pretty close. :) I will check these out and run them by my dining companion.

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            cdub Jul 27, 2011 10:44 AM

            The Royce at the Langham

            Vertical Wine Bistro in Old Town

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            Vertical Wine Bistro
            70 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

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              sue29 Jul 27, 2011 07:58 AM

              Lots of Thai food wildly popular with Caltech students: For example, President Thai is great
              http://www.president-thai.com/pasadena.html

              Lots of good Indian food, too. Tibet Nepal House has a lovely, peaceful atmosphere and is off the beaten Indian food path
              http://www.tibetnepalhouse.com/

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              Tibet Nepal House
              36 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

              President Thai Restaurant
              498 S Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

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                will47 Jul 27, 2011 03:22 AM

                Norma's Tacos on Chester. Daisy Mint is Ok.

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                Daisy Mint
                1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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                  chezwhitey Jul 26, 2011 10:42 PM

                  Celestino for italian. Zankou for something cheaper.

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                  Celestino Restaurant
                  141 S Lake Ave Ste 102, Pasadena, CA 91101

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                    Jack Flash Jul 26, 2011 08:09 PM

                    You've gotten some good recommendations so far, to which I would add Cafe Verde.

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                    Cafe Verde
                    961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

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                      estone888 Jul 26, 2011 06:55 PM

                      I'm very fond of Malbec - an Argentinian restaurant with a lot more than just steak and an excellent wine list. It's not super casual but they have been welcoming to me when there were people in my group in jeans and t-shirts even. It's a nice atmosphere, close to Caltech and has some excellent food. Even the seafood oriented appetizers are great. http://www.malbeccuisine.com/default_...

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                        ipsedixit Jul 26, 2011 07:45 PM

                        Second the rec for Malbec.

                      2. khh1138 Jul 26, 2011 06:41 PM

                        For very casual, I'd pick Pie N Burger. Pricier but still relatively casual (you should be wearing business casual to fit in): Smitty's. Both are American food done right.
                        Pie N Burger
                        http://pienburger.com/

                        Smitty's
                        http://www.smittysgrill.com/

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                          calpurnia Jul 26, 2011 10:45 PM

                          Daisy Mint. On Colorado, just West of Hill.

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                          Daisy Mint
                          1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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