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Moderate Sunday night date, East side/SGV?

indigirl Jul 20, 2013 12:32 AM

Looking for a restaurant that fits the following criteria for anniversary dinner:

1) easily accessible from Alhambra (say within 15 min drive)
2) 2 people can get out of there for under $80, fortunately we don't drink
3) really good food is the priority, more important than romantic atmosphere, although we would like a little bit of that if possible
4) veggie friendly, or at least not meat-focused -- don't send us to a steakhouse! basically, would be good if they pay as much attention to veggies as to meat.
5) reservations still available for next weekend (Sunday), or walk-ins ok w/ short wait (say under 20 min)
6) quality ingredients, preferably local/organic/&c. & willing to work around food allergies.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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    mc michael RE: indigirl Jul 20, 2013 07:53 AM

    Real Food Daily, Pasadena.

    1. ipsedixit RE: indigirl Jul 20, 2013 10:20 AM


      It fits all your requirements except for (maybe) the 15 minute drive from Alhambra. On an early Sunday evening, however, the 210 FWY should be a breeze.

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        indigirl RE: indigirl Jul 21, 2013 06:08 PM

        Thank you both for the suggestions. Bashan sounds more our speed, although it does seem a little far & also a little budget-stretching.

        Is there nothing else in Pasadena? Or how about downtown? Eagle Rock?

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          ipsedixit RE: indigirl Jul 21, 2013 06:19 PM

          In downtown, you might try Bestia (one of the places open on Sunday night).

          In Pasadena, check out Racion.

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            Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2013 07:08 PM

            Bestia is great.

            Pretty sure reservations not available for next Sun but it's worth a shot. If you go 15 minutes before open you may be able to grab a walk-in spot at the bar or one of the little bar tables next to it.

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          indigirl RE: indigirl Jul 21, 2013 08:46 PM

          Yum! Both of those look/sound great. & thanks for the tip on walking in early to Bestia. I was able to reserve at Racion so maybe we'll try Bestia next time.

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            indigirl RE: indigirl Jul 25, 2013 10:44 PM

            Following up. We ended up rescheduling for tonight instead of Sunday & I'm guessing I should have asked back here for the presumably wider selection of places open on a Thursday. Racion was fine but just not worth the tab. Too late I saw the thread where other folks said as much.

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              ipsedixit RE: indigirl Jul 26, 2013 07:00 AM

              I'm sorry to here that. Too bad.

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