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Apr 3, 2013 04:37 PM

If not a BURRITO, then what? (rec. for Pasadena NELA)

I'll be working in Pasadena and NELA for about a week. Any Chound recommendations I should not miss? Thanks in advance, ~~>

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    1. re: Servorg

      +1 for Racion.

      Settebello also worth a look.

      Also in NELA (outside of Pasadena), try Bashan.

        1. re: CharlesKochel

          racion has some very nice and very interesting desserts too.

      1. egg salad sandwich at europane is not to be missed

        el pollo unico is also excellent

        sandwich @ roma's was the best thing since sliced bread, but fervor for the sandwich has died down quite a bit and i'm not as large of a fan as i used to be

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        1. re: ns1

          europane - good as done tomorrow. thanks

          1. re: ns1

            ns1 - yeah, since Roma's sammy got so popular, he started making a bunch and has them sitting on the counter so you can just pick them up. for some reason, they don't taste as good as when he would make then specially for me.

            1. re: WildSwede

              i just get the turkey from there, so it's made to order.

              1. re: WildSwede

                Day before yesterday he told me he makes them almost every hour when they move fast! He is going to be gone for 2 months for knee surgery, when the helpers will be making the sandwiches.

                1. re: suvro

                  Helpers to make sandwiches ???

                  That's a sad state of affairs for Roma Deli.

                  Until what date is he going to be personally making the sandwiches ???????

                  Thanks for the update.

                  1. re: kevin

                    He said most of them had been working there for years, and they actually often slice the meats while he douses the bread with oil and layers them. I can see them being able to turn out the same result quite easily. I think it is the ingredient quality and the combination that makes these so tasty.
                    I did not get the exact date when he goes in for surgery - maybe next week?

                    1. re: suvro

                      How selfish can he be? Choosing surgery over personally making the sandwiches. The nerve of some people! ;-D>

                      1. re: Servorg

                        Yeah. That's exactly what I'm talking about.

                      2. re: suvro

                        I've been there at busy times, and that is indeed what I've witnessed.

                      3. re: kevin

                        making the sandwich is not that hard, and is more about the ingredients than the technique IMHO.

                        1. re: ns1

                          i popped my roma's sandwich cherry just a coupla weeks ago, so i don't know if they were better before he started pre making them.
                          however, it was a particularly tasty sandwich of that type.

                      4. re: suvro

                        Sounds like his knee surgery will coincide with mine.

                        On a recent Saturday, I stopped by the shop and got a few sandwiches to go. It was before noon, and he said he'd already sold 150 that day.

                        Personally, I don't mind a sandwich that wasn't made the instant I got there. I actually find that it allows the components to blend together nicely. Since it's not a sandwich laden with vegetable matter and sauce, it doesn't get soggy.

                  2. Rumor has it, as I was trying my "local" BURRITO today, there is a few "gastropubs" serving some mean Suckling Pig in Pasadena...I'm a HUGE Spanish (Madrid) gastro fan of Suckling Pig, awaiting the text to "the place"...As for my Topanga Burrito at Abuelitas (localized hangout for wealthy to homeless & all in between) it was well done, a meal within a thin pressed flour tortilla with spinach and the norm...all in all - I'd do it again. +1 for BURRITO - but wouldn't make a destination drive for a Burrito ... yet ...