I was in search for a casual dinner last night. Our destination was Green Street Restaurant, but upon walking inside, it distinctly smelled like urine. I don't know what they are shampoo'ing their carpet with, but it was so unappetizing, we headed out the door.
That led us to Cafe 140 South - the old Crocodile Cafe and now one of the Smith Brother's restaurants. While I was never a fan of the former cafe, we decided to give it a try. It was a first visit for all.
Decor doesn't seem to have changed much since the Crocodile days - although, it's more subdued and some artwork appears to be different. Tables/chairs seemed to be the same.
Waitstaff and service was EXCELLENT. Much what you'd expect from the Smith Brother's. Other than that, can't say I have much to rave about. Warm bread was brought out in the beginning (continuing the Crocodile tradition).
Overall: food was adequate:
-fish special (ono in a tomato sauce): reportedly too much oil/salt in the dish
-burgers: meat was dry and listless - accompanying sauce was a nice touch
-steak sandwich: was raved about, but I didn't try
Service was very accommodating and flexible with food substitutions (veggies instead of potatoes/fries, etc) and everything we ordered came out as requested.
For the price point (most mains about $18-25, burgers/sandwiches: $11-16), I think the quality next door at Smitty's is FAR superior in terms of food. I was expecting the same caliber at Cafe 140 South - but it did not deliver. Price point was reasonable: 1 main, 2 burgers, 1 sandwich, 2 sodas, 1 glass of wine = $89 + tip.
I left disappointed and knowing I made the wrong choice of Smith Brother's Restaurants, for sure. We were dressed pretty casually, which is why I picked Cafe 140 South. But, next time on South Lake: Smitty's, for sure.
Green Street Restaurant
146 S Shopper's Lane, Pasadena, CA 91101