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Where to eat dinner in Altadena area?

goal4me Mar 8, 2012 09:55 AM

Would appreciate a referral or 2 for good food for late lunch or early dinner in Altadena :)

  1. Peripatetic Mar 8, 2012 12:59 PM

    Altadena is light on good eating options. If you can get down to Pasadena, your options increase significantly. If you can't, then presumably you're looking for places in a relatively limited area. For example, if you're by Eaton Canyon, you probably don't want to go all the way over to Fair Oaks. If so, what area are you looking to stay in?

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    1. re: Peripatetic
      goal4me Mar 8, 2012 04:50 PM

      We are looking to go to a small theatre on Lake to see a music group Incendio(?) on Saturday. Eaton Canyon, Fair Oaks or Lake would be good for us... :) .

      1. re: goal4me
        Peripatetic Mar 8, 2012 07:52 PM

        That's at the Coffee Gallery, which is 1/4 mile north of the Pasadena border. You're best bet is to head south on Lake to some of the places in Pasadena. Some good choices would be:

        - The Slaw Dogs
        - Dog Haus
        - Noir
        - Bonnie B's Smokin' Barbeque Heaven
        - Tonny's
        - Cham Korean Bistro
        - The Counter
        - Green St
        - Pie 'n Burger

        I've also heard good things about these places:
        - Abricott
        - Celestino
        - Smitty's
        - Mariscos La Buena Vida
        - La Caravana

        All of these places are between one and three miles south of the Coffee Gallery.

        1. re: goal4me
          Will Owen Mar 9, 2012 02:13 PM

          The La Caravana Salvadoran restaurant on Lake, just a few doors south of Washington, is a good place too. No alcohol (Tonny's neither) but interesting food, and cheap. Parking lot around back, gotta walk around.

          I've just made two trips to abricott (note: no cap) and it's a lot of fun and tasty. That's clear down South Lake between Cordova and Del Mar. Parking in big municipal lot behind, first two hours free. Back door has no sign (nor does the front!) but the back door is next to Relax the Back; on the door and next to it are menus and a sign that says OPEN. My pork-belly sandwich was wonderful, as was Mrs. O's yellow curry, which she got minus the chicken.

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        Robert Thornton Mar 8, 2012 12:31 PM

        Not sure about dinner, but I'd do dessert at Bulgarini afterwards.

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        1. re: Robert Thornton
          ipsedixit Mar 8, 2012 08:04 PM

          What's wrong with dinner at Bulgarini?

          1. re: ipsedixit
            Will Owen Mar 9, 2012 02:05 PM

            It's a gelato place, though I've known people who wouldn't mind that at all!

            1. re: Will Owen
              ipsedixit Mar 9, 2012 08:42 PM

              My sarcasm must not permeate through the Internet.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                Peripatetic Mar 10, 2012 01:04 AM

                I suspected sarcasm, but checked Bulgarini's website to make sure!

                During the summer they do offer fixed-menu pasta dinners on Saturday nights when they show foreign films, so I wasn't sure if maybe they'd made it a fixture.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  JThur01 Mar 10, 2012 01:21 PM

                  Even if I've been caught up in it at times, I do usually get it. You are consistently the most humorous poster here at CH (and one of the most informative too). Keep up the good work and thanks for your participation.

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            chezwhitey Mar 8, 2012 10:19 AM

            Raffi's is technically in pasadena, but still very close to altadena. Very nice mom and pop middle eastern place.

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