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mike and diane's in south pasadena - a review

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mike and diane's in south pasadena - a review

kj | May 17, 2006 01:54 AM

i'm embarassed to say i'm not sure if the name is correct - i usually take a a to-go menu or matches on the way out but forgot - it's located on mission street west of fair oaks. small restaurant / bistro - a very nice patio eating area in the front ( it looks like they converted either a gas station or at a minimum. a parking lot area into a nice garden area with the patio seating.

went there for dinner with the gf - around 9:00 - about 5 other couples there. of course we sat in the patio area. we were a little tired so we just ordered a main entree - we both ordered the special - beef short ribs on a bed of mashed potatoes with carrots. i couldn't resist and also ordered a side of the mac and cheese. also ordered a glass of sauvignon blanc for me, lemonade for the gf.

server brought a small plate with 3 slices of french style bread and a container of olive oil/balsamic vinegar - decent - nothing special.

the wine was a little warm, the lemonade tasted good.

the food took a while - might be because we did not order an appetizer..not sure. the server decided to bring out the mac and cheese first as an appetizer i guess - i really only wanted a few bites to try then i would take home for the next day - i really liked the m&c - nice creamy cheese sauce - very rich, with parmesan on top that was broiled for some crunch - the noodles were a curly style about 1-2" in length, yet cylinder shape - not a noodle specialist so i'm not sure what style of pasta it is - but i've never seen it but i liked it.

the short ribs - ok - a little dry - almost like they put it under a broiler for a few minutes to warm it and it was dry on the outside but there were some nice pockets of moist tender meat. i was a little disappointed in the size - my guess - not larger than a 1/4 pound of meat yet it cost $20...i'll admit - i've had smaller portions elsewhere - but i expected more from a bistro style restaurant.

we shared a dessert - it was banana bread with a peanut butter mousse/cream, butterscotch ice cream with a smear of caramel - i liked them all separately, but they didn't mesh well

as with my auntie em's experience for breakfast today, this is the kind of place i would visit if i lived in the area - take a stroll up the street have a glass of wine, a few appetizers continue the stroll to the next location for dessert - maybe the fair oaks pharmacy ( i know there are other destinations in the area, but not that familar with them )

i will try this place again but i'll wait several months - i need to try the other bistro's in south pasadena.

kj

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