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Old Town Pasadena?

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A friend of mine has a meeting in Pasadena on Tuesday night. He asked me for recommendations for an early dinner. Something fairly casual. ..so the Langham is out. I recommended Technique, the restaurant at the Cordon Bleu school...but they're booked. I haven't spent much time in Pasadena lately and I'm coming up blank. Can I get the usual stellar recommendations from the 'Hounds?
Thanks.

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  1. Old Town/Old Town adjacent:
    - Settebello
    - Sushi Ichi
    - Musha Izakaya
    - Dog Haus Biergarten
    - Houston's

    A little further away:
    - Abricott

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    1. Be aware that this coming week is Pasadena Restaurant Week, when many area restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus similar to DineLA. In Old Town, I'd recommend Vertical, Kings Row, a/k/a Bistro, even Cafe Bizou. Look into Haven Gastropub (never been; would like to try), or even New York Deli (same).

      http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com...

      1. just had a fabulous tapas evening at a new spot on green street--racion. here's my view:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840678

        1. How about Malbec? Quite good, pleasant environs, good wines.

          1. Noir Food and Wine. Smaller plates, great wine, very nice covered patio.

            Maybe not as Chow-ish, I had some nice Mediterranean tapas at Pita Jungle. I like their "healthy" tagline.

            And don't forget Daisy Mint for great Thai food.

            1. Thanks everybody. I gave him lots of options. And now I'm going to have to head to Pasadena soon to check some of these places out.