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Claud & Co Eatery (Pasadena)

dreamcast18 Feb 21, 2013 08:35 AM

Replacing the now defunct Little Britain which replaced an Armenian place which replaced something I don't recall.

488 N Allen Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106

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    mc michael Jan 16, 2014 02:53 PM

    Seems to be open Tues-Fri for dinner. Other nights are for special events and groups of 12 or more.

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    1. re: mc michael
      judybird Jan 17, 2014 01:15 PM

      That's correct, sorry I forgot to mention that. He still does a lot of catering on weekends. We were there a few weeks ago on a Friday night and Claud wasn't there, he was catering a party, but the quality and service were as good as always.

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      bropaul Nov 13, 2013 05:15 PM

      The first thing that hits you when you walk through the unpretentious storefront door is the delicious aromas wafting from the open kitchen. The dimly lit interior makes one feel vaguely naughty, as if one were somewhere you shouldn’t be. That is only true if you are looking for ordinary, run-of-the-mill food. That’s not what you’ll find here.
      I had been drawn to the Eatery by the German specialties that I saw on-line while planning our trip to Pasadena. Even though the menu had changed radically, I was still eager to try this place. I was not disappointed. On our visit, it seemed like the staff had decide to revisit some old favorites. Among the appetizers were shrimp cocktail, wedge salad and crab Louie. Two of us opted for the crab, while the other opted for the wedge. Both were exceptional. For our entrees there was one Steak Diane, one Chicken Kiev and one Duck a l’orange. All were worthy renditions of theses classics and the portions were ample. There was no room for dessert, but the crepes Suzettes being prepared tableside were impressive. The wine list is a somewhat idiosyncratic compilation and maybe not to everyone’s liking. There were only two types of beer available, as well. French press coffee, however, was a hit. This is the kind of restaurant with lots of personality and quality food that suits a foodie like me just fine. I just wish I lived nearby!

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        carter Nov 13, 2013 05:50 PM

        Glad you mentioned the wine & beer, as their license was activated in late September, so those interested in either should be ready to try the place.
        and your discussion of the food is very different from those posters from earlier in the year. Your menu sounds much more interesting than anything grit-related.

        1. re: carter
          judybird Jan 16, 2014 09:06 AM

          If you were worried about Claud's menu being grit-related, don't be - that was during Southern month. His menu changes completely every month. We ate there two nights ago, it's Mexico this month, but don't confuse it with your local beans & rice joint.

          We started by sharing a large seafood cocktail, with delicious fresh shrimp, scallops and corvina in a mild tomatoey sauce. We were given forks and spoons, and used the spoons to finish every bit of the sauce. DH had grilled skirt steak with a citrusy marinade and a side of poblano rajas, spicy and just perfect. I had duck breast in mole negro. It was served on a cactus paddle, which was just right for cutting some of the richness of the duck.

          As before, the portions are generous and the price, for the quality is very reasonable - mains from $18-$26, sides about $7, starters a little more.

          I'd been avoiding talking about this place, kind of trying to keep it a secret for those of us on the unfashionable San Gabriel Valley, but it's too good not to share. We've been there at least 4 times, and plan to make a monthly visit so we can sample every menu.

          1. re: judybird
            Just One Bite Feb 27, 2014 05:01 PM

            I'm going tonight, and the menu is Mediterranean. Can't wait! Also learned that you can BYOB. They have a $6 per person "Glassware" fee.

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              revets2 Mar 5, 2014 12:17 AM

              Ha! Can you bring your own stemware? Or is that really a $6 per person corkage fee. Kinda creative if that's the case.

              Is it good stemware or the cheaper rimmed glasses?

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        judybird Jun 26, 2013 09:16 PM

        We just came home from dinner at Claud & Co., can't wait to go back. This was one of the best meals we've had in ages. Went with a friend, so there were 3 of us. This month's menu features southern style, it will change monthly. We had:

        amuse bouche - hush puppies with a spicy, oniony sauce.
        3 of us shared 2 apps, fried green tomatoes and shrimp & grits. Tomatoes were lightly breaded, fried and served with a lovely, spicy mayonnaise. Shrimp & grits had an amazing, deeply flavored sauce that was plate-licking good.

        Mains: one order beef ribs with bleu cheese cole slaw, 1 lamb chop with black-eyed peas, one chayote stuffed with maque choux with shrimp, one side of cheese grits which we shared. I can't go into detail except to say that all flavors were spot on, portion sizes were generous, service was friendly and attentive. We were too full to order dessert, but were given a treat, a white chocolate pecan bite with spiced peach butter on top. Amazing.

        They don't have their wine license yet, so it's BYO for the time being. The plan is to change the menu monthly. Their web site is awful, you have to go to their Facebook page to find the menu. They're only open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday, doing mostly catering on weekends. Prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. We had a 6:30 reservation, didn't leave until almost 9:00. Service is not slow, just leisurely.

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          Robert Thornton Jun 27, 2013 07:53 AM

          I've been twice and both times were really outstanding. I really enjoy Noir, but food-wise, he's stepping up even more. Another really great addition to Pasadena.

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            WildSwede Jun 27, 2013 03:32 PM

            Thank you for this. Do you know when this southern menu will be changing? I was in New Orleans last month and have been craving a good fried green tomato and Shrimp & Grits (although the version of S&G that I had at Firefly in South Pas was amazing). Also, can you estimate pricing? Thank you again!

            1. re: WildSwede
              judybird Jun 28, 2013 02:35 PM

              The southern menu was supposed to be through June, so I don't know if it'll be available next week or not. Prices are fair for the quality - starters $7-10, main dishes $16-25. sides $6.50. We didn't order dessert, so I don't know what that charge is. Portions were generous. 3 of us shared two starters, three mains and one side (cheese grits), and couldn't have eaten another bite. The bill was just under $100.

              And to clarify, I'm the only woman of the three, the other two are good-sized men with very healthy appetites.

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            judybird Apr 25, 2013 09:27 AM

            Apparently it's open now - has anyone tried it? It sounds interesting, but no prices on the web site.

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            1. re: judybird
              Will Owen Jun 27, 2013 02:25 PM

              Online menus with no prices are an abomination, and I am deeply disappointed that Chef Beltran would allow that.

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              Fru Mar 9, 2013 08:00 AM

              Yes, the blue signage and awnings are left over from Armenian Palace. Little Brittan, which replaced Armenian Palace, put a temporary banner up over it. As inconsistent as it was, I miss Caesar's, but it looks like we are getting a fresh option other in the area!

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              1. re: Fru
                barryc Nov 13, 2013 06:46 PM

                i remember caesar's. not necessarily refined, but tasty.

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                Jack Flash Feb 21, 2013 01:18 PM

                I noticed that the other night. I'm wondering if Claud Beltran (Noir Food & Wine) could have something to do with it.


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                1. re: Jack Flash
                  okiedokieartichokie Feb 25, 2013 11:11 PM

                  look like yes it is Claud Beltran-same address:


                  Curious...the signage looks quite "low brow"

                  1. re: okiedokieartichokie
                    Local Mar 7, 2013 08:31 PM

                    agreed...maybe the mismatched signage is just a placeholder or trying out different lettering styles? also wondering the status of any ABC license.
                    ...iirc that place was the location for Ralph's flowers 25+ years ago...wish them well.

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