South Pasadena Pre-theater Dinner
No South Pas posts for about a decade, so...
Going to see a play Saturday night at the Fremont Center Theater between MIssion and Monterey. Party of four.
Full bar a must (because theater to come).
The Barkley is reasonably close. Is there anything else nearby, Chow-worthy, and three dollar signs or fewer? All ethnicity OK.
FWIW, IIRC the original inhabitants incorporated S. pas. as a place that wouldn't serve alcohol on sundays. that standard still has an impact on local eateries IMO; any place that has a full bar in s. pas.(and bothered to get their liquor license as a consequence) expects to make money off beverage sales as the food isn't going to be all that great unless it's priced accordingly.
Ipse: thanks for the list, but with all due respect: Mostly too fancy. My image of "Chow-worthy" tends to involve somewhat fewer linen napkins. Because slavering Hounds make a mess of the linens.
Bistro de la Gare and Firefly, no full bar.
Shiro, so 1990s.
Brigante looks like the most likely possibility of these. Perhaps I should ask specifically for $$ options?
And again, the bigger the martini pour the better. Because theater.