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Bruce Kerr Aug 13, 2011 09:46 AM

Need a recommendation for a nice dinner house in Pasadena, for 2 couples -not $$$ or ethnic -

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    BN1 Aug 13, 2011 03:57 PM

    The three of us in my family just had dinner the other night at Central Park. We all liked everything we ordered and it was not expensive. I'm pretty critical of wine lists, but they had a good selection of moderately priced wines. We had good service also.

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    Central Park Cafe
    219 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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      Fru Aug 13, 2011 02:59 PM

      Agree with ipsedixit. How about Smitty's? www.smittysgrill.com/

      1. cant talk...eating Aug 13, 2011 01:57 PM

        Just two questions - what's "$$$" and what does "ethnic" mean to you? Most/all? restaurants here serve food of some ethnicity, or with strong ethnic influences, so does this rule out something like straight-ahead Italian (Briganti), or sort of "global gastropub" like Kings Row? Both are pretty excellent local choices.

        And for cost/value, Raymond is pretty good, but it's probably one of the more expensive spots in town, sort of the $30-40 range for entrees as I recall, appetizers 10-20, add wine and you're north of $200 pretty quick.

        Had good and reasonable American/bistro-type dinners lately at Parkway Grill (yeah, still pretty good), Green St. Tavern, Kings Row.

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          estone888 Aug 13, 2011 12:44 PM

          I suppose Malbec is sort of ethnic - Argentinian - but it's as close to non-ethnic / ethnic as I think you can find and it is very good, reasonably priced, nice wines, good steaks / seafood, etc. and a very nice atmosphere.

          I was there yesterday for lunch, by the way. Very nice place for lunch. I had a delicious arugula salad with grilled shrimp, avocado, blue cheese, some other stuff. My friend has a fish soup that was excellent. It was very reasonably priced, though at first the service was almost non-existent. I had to finally get up, find a waiter and tell him we wanted to order.

          Malbec http://www.malbeccuisine.com/default_...

          1. ipsedixit Aug 13, 2011 12:40 PM

            The Raymond.
            www.theraymond.com

            Mike and Anne's
            www.mikeandannes.com

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              miwine Aug 13, 2011 09:57 AM

              Shiro is south pasadena. Great fish and seafood.

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              Shiro Restaurant
              1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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              1. re: miwine
                ipsedixit Aug 13, 2011 12:39 PM

                Shiro -- French Japanese fusion -- sort of qualifies as "ethnic".

                But then maybe the OP is French and is dining with a group of Japanese friends.

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