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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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  1. 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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    1. re: khh1138

      Daisy Mint. On Colorado, just West of Hill.

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      Daisy Mint
      1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

    2. 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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      1. re: estone888

        Second the rec for Malbec.

      2. 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

        1. Celestino for italian. Zankou for something cheaper.

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

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

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            Daisy Mint
            1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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

              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

              1. 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

                1. 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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                  1. re: scottca075

                    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.

                  2. Derek's Bistro on Glenarm and Marengo

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                    1. re: martyR

                      Derek's is closed, alas.

                    2. 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. 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