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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.

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  1. Mike an Ann
    The Raymond
    Shiro
    Bistro de la Gare
    Briganti
    Firefly

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      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.

          1. re: mc michael

            It's fucking South Pasadena.

            The money is so ossified there that the dinosaurs considered it archaeological tchotchkes to mark the passage of time.

            1. re: mc michael

              i ate there once; you go there to eat chinese food if you don't want to leave s. pas. but it might fit the bill here.

      1. 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.

        1. gus's bbq might fit the bill. not the best bbq ever, but passable. near the theatre, full bar, zero linen napkins.
          http://www.gussbbq.com/

          1. Thanks for the assistance, hounds. Interesting stuff about So. Pas history. Been to Carmine's a few times and thought it was pretty mediocre. Gus's looks about right for my group.

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            1. re: jesstifer

              Gus's burgers aren't bad at all and we've had decent salads, too. Not knowledgeable about BBQ, so cannot comment on that.

              1. re: jesstifer

                I'll second Gus's. Not super-fancy, but not tacky either. Lots of food choices. Definite B+ on the food in my opinion. Plus I believe you could walk to the theater from there. I would make reservations though. They get pretty busy on a Saturday night.