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Aug 1, 2013 12:32 PM

Planning a food tour along the gold line... help!

Hey everyone,

As opposed to planning a driving food tour, and risk getting stuck in traffic/ car sick/ parking issues, etc. I thought it would be fun to surprise my boyfriend with a tour along the gold line. We'd park at Sierra Madre, and start from the very end, getting off where there's good (cheap) places. No sit-down restaurants please. :)

Do you guys have any recs for places where we should go? Thanks!

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  1. thursday night farmers market in south pasadena has a ton of dining options

    1. Here is a resource that should help you find places and just for instance, Guisados Tacos and Moles la Tia are both mentioned and both worth visiting (if not now then another time). Both inexpensive as well. If you go to Guisados they have a "sampler" platter that is fun and exposes to you what they can do with a taco.

      1. Get off at Lake Ave for The Hat and their pastrami chili cheese fries.

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          1. re: wienermobile

            +1, skip the sandwich and just get the fries. bring a friend or 3.

            1. re: ns1

              Hopefully there will be 4-5 of us? So, splitting is a good idea.

              1. re: delleelise

                ....amazingly one order should be enough for all of you.

            2. re: wienermobile

              Looks like a pastrami and fries salad to me...

          2. On a Saturday or Sunday afternoon stop in Chinatown for a taste of Ricky's Fish tacos. You won't be sorry. Open from 11:30 am till they run out usually around 4pm.
            1100 N. Main st. Chinatown

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            1. How far would you be willing to walk from the station?

              If you're going north on Lake to the Hat, you may as well go to Roma Deli for a sandwich. Google says it's .7 miles from the station though.

              The other way is the first Europane.

              Del Mar Station has the Stone Brewery place for beer.
              Holly/Memorial Park has Everson Royce for wine.

              Philippe's off of Union Station for nostalgia.
              Some people like the taquitos at Olvera Street also.

              Mitsuru for dessert imagawayaki off Little Tokyo.
              and Demitasse for coffee.

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              1. re: andytseng

                +1 to Europane, and IMO a better sandwich than the sandwich.

                I would spend a small fraction of my time in Pasadena and most of my time in Little Tokyo. Hell I would skip union station/olvera street too, but that's just me.

                OP are you going strictly for food or are you actually trying to visit these neighborhoods?

                1. re: ns1

                  I mean, to see the neighborhoods is fun too. This is what I have so far in the process of adding stuff! We're doing it on a Sunday too, so need to check all the places to determine opening times. I really don't want any sit-down places. Stuff we can grab, eat, walk, repeat.


                2. re: andytseng

                  Not THAT far because we have a long day, and lots of stops. That's the problem.

                  1. re: andytseng

                    + 1 for Phillpp's The Original Lamb dip and hot mustard & save room for pie.