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Pasadena Sizzler Closing

Sad news. Pasadena Sizzler is closing by the end of July. The building and lot were bought by Pitfire Pizza Co. which is opening a branch in the Spring of 2014.

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  1. Could be worse. Could be the Olive Garden!

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    1. re: Thor123

      Almost too upsetting to contemplate.

    2. And there was much rejoicing.

      1. we've been to a rare couple of Sizzlers that we've actually liked. was this a good one?

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        1. re: iL Divo

          It was a typical Sizzler. Not bad but not great. Cheese bread, steak, malibu chicken, shrimp. It has sentimental value though as I would get food here for my mother.

          Plus, I don't think we need yet another pizza place in Pasadena.

          1. re: Al Bondigas

            Really, re: pizza in Pasadena? There are only a couple of good places. Until fairly recently, I thought the best were Tarantino's, Avanti, and Il Fornaio, none of which I thought were very good. Settebello and the Luggage Room are an improvement, but as a pizza fan, more options would be better. I'd much rather have a Pitfire than a Sizzler (though condolences for your mom losing it).

            Are there hidden pizza gems in Pasadena that I've been missing? I know that there are a lot of pizza places, but I've found most of them very disappointing.

            1. re: Robert Thornton

              I think what Al means is *another* mediocre pizza place, esp. a chain-type pizzeria.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Pitfire comes with farmers market ingredients, in a wood fire oven, a great happy hour, local craft beers, and good QC. Much rather a Pitfire than another Mi Piace.

                  What's the alternative in Pasadena? CHAM? Or the overpriced faux Sizzlers that is Le Grande Orange. Or the Korean place that's overtaking Yujean Kang?

                  1. re: TonyC

                    Speaking of taking the place of YK, here is the posting notice - any more input than this?

                    1. re: carter

                      sharp eye.

                      my google-force wasn't very strong last week. after 10 minutes, only came up w/ an "agent" in Ktown, with no phone numbers to anything/anyone.

                      if anyone wants to do a drive by, or have connection to the leasing agents, news would be appreciated.

                    2. re: TonyC

                      I enjoyed Pitfire when they opened up on Washington in Mar Vista. But the last time I got their food it was for takeout. The portions for their salads and pastas were miniature. I don't know if this is their standard now for their dine-in, but I haven't been back since.

                  1. re: Al Bondigas

                    I understand your point re sentimental value...Sizzler Pasadena was one of the places that my mom enjoyed.

                2. While they seem to be contracting in the LA market, they seem to be expanding up north.


                  Exactly the opposite of what I would have expected...

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                  1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                    Maybe the ethnic diversity and high costs of real estate have a bearing?
                    They are trying to sell others in So. Cal. as well.

                    1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

                      And lets not forget that Anthony Bourdain visited the Sizzler near Third and Vermont during the Los Angeles episode of CNN's "Parts Unknown". They dug the cheese bread.

                      1. re: Al Bondigas

                        That bread, I have to say, is quite disguatiing but also delicious.

                    2. There used to be another Pasadena Sizzler location at or near Foothill & San Gabriel. That one must have folded years ago.

                      1. So I guess this means that, not only can't they sell the steak in Pasadena, they can't sell the sizzle either...

                        1. Well, fwiw, the Alhambra Sizzler apparently is still going strong.

                          On weekends, they even offer "valet parking"

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                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Well that's good to know. I believe that the Eagle Rock branch is also still in operation.

                            1. re: Al Bondigas

                              I wish that one would die already, I have never understood the attraction. I used to love them when I was 12 but then I discovered good food.

                              1. re: MissBubbles

                                We went to the Santa Monica one "once" and once was enough. I guess that location has turned into a Poquito Mas now. It was one of those "can't decide what to have or where to go nights" as we drove down the street and ended up pulling over and parking near by. While it might not be completely iced over, it would be a pretty cold day in Hell before we find ourselves ever going again.

                                1. re: MissBubbles

                                  The attraction?

                                  This is the attraction. If you are a single income family of four, and the single income makes something like 40k before taxes, and you want to treat your family out to a great meal that everyone can love -- kids have the taco bar and ice cream sundaes, mom can have a salad and some nice fish, dad can have his "juicy" steak -- then Sizzlers is the choice every single fucking day.

                                  Is it haute cuisine? No, 'course not.

                                  But then there are those out there in world who, because of whatever reason, are in a social-economic class where going to an outing with the entire family where the final tab will be something like 1/2 of their monthly allowance for rent, simply isn't in the cards.

                                  That's the attraction.

                                  Is there something wrong with that? Let's hope not.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    spot on.

                                    salad bar + copius amounts of cheese bread = good enough.

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      Well, for fucks sake.

                                      I love that garlic cheese brews and those ground beef tacos from the salad bar. Add some jello and a trip to the fro yo machine and it's good eats.

                                      Once in a while, the craving hits and hence it's off to Sizzlers.

                                    2. re: ipsedixit

                                      IMHO, the food there is so bad as to not be worth paying for at allbut as I did like it as a kid I can understand some of the appeal. That being said I know plenty of friends and family (with kids) that make far under 40,000 a year and would never eat at Sizzler. There is plenty of good cheap food to be found in this city.

                                      1. re: MissBubbles

                                        There is plenty of good cheap food to be found in this city.

                                        Name them.

                                      2. re: ipsedixit

                                        That being said, does it make sense to "offer" valet parking. The valet in Atwater screams bloody murder--in barely discernible English, of course--if you try to self park.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          Steak and all you can eat shrimp was an especially delicious treat for me in my broke college days when I could eat a ton of food.

                                    3. re: ipsedixit

                                      Alhambra Sizzler closed 2 months ago

                                    4. Oh no. The El Segundo Sizzler just closed up for good! Oh no.

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                                      1. re: wienermobile

                                        Yeah, what will we ever do ????? :)

                                        But seriously, I liked that it was still there for years.

                                        There's some serious comfort in that.

                                      2. Almost as bad! The Beverly Hills El Torito Grill has closed!!! What shall we do???

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                                        1. re: Thor123

                                          What shall we ever do ????

                                          what shall we do?

                                          oh, what shall we do???

                                          mabye i'll just have to hit up mastro's instead of the el torito grill in the hills of beverly as our esteemed, award-winning colleague likes to say.

                                        2. Almost as bad, El Torito Grill in Beverly Hills has closed!! What shall we do???

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                                          1. re: Thor123

                                            What shall we ever do ????

                                            what shall we do?

                                            oh, what shall we do???

                                            mabye i'll just have to hit up mastro's instead of the el torito grill in the hills of beverly as our esteemed, award-winning colleague likes to say

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              Unfortunately, your dollar wont go quite as far.