I live in Silverlake but work in Pasadena, and just about every day I go out to lunch. It's not the most economical decision, but a nice meal and time out of the office is well worth it to me. That being said, I was wondering if I could get any new suggestions for some new lunch spots here in Pasadena.
Here are a list of my go-to's so far (in no particular order):
-Lee's Hoagies: Great Jersey-style hoagies, with even better service. I give this place an extra recommendation for the lack of East Coast style delis I come across in LA.
-President Thai: Authentic Thai fare. Very reasonable price. My favorites: BBQ Beef or BBQ Chicken.
-Daisy Mint: Bistro-style Thai fusion. Jonathan Gold recommends the Curry, but I say get the Steak Salad.
-Tonny's Restaurant (on Orange Grove): Very good hole-in-the-wall. The Wet (Pork) Chile Verde Burrito is so good I don't mind that my pants don't fit after I'm done. They've got freshly juiced vegetables too if you want to convince yourself you're eating healthy.
-Gourmet Cobbler Factory: Would love to eat here more than I do, but the lack of a dine-in option defeats the purpose of "going out to lunch" for me.
-Fu Shing Chinese Restaurant: Won Ton Soup for 4 = $8. Come on, that's pretty good.
-Fuji Japanese Restaurant: Lunch specials are competitively priced. Slightly above-average sushi, sashimi, and teriyakis.
-Lebanese Kitchen: Surprisingly good kabobs, tabbouleh, and hummus.
-10th Hole Bar & Grill at Eaton Canyon Golf Course: Small bucket of golf balls + sandwich/burger + soup or fries for $10. Although it's more about the activity than the food itself, I think it's an ideal lunch destination for a stressful work day or lazy Friday.
-El Metate: Everything here is pretty good. My favorite is the Ceviche tostada. I eat a lot, and trust me, you only need two.
-Pita Pita: Average Mediterranean plates, wraps, etc. I usually order whatever the daily special is. Great value, decent food. $6 for a filling wrap and soup.
-Saladang/Saladang Song: A Pasadena staple for Thai food. Great food, but not exactly ideal given the popularity (wait) and distance from my office.
-Lucky Boy: More of a breakfast spot I guess. I couldn't believe the size of the breakfast burrito I ate. Only been here once and I still think I'm full.
-King Taco: Also popular (and okay), although I prefer to eat at this chain after midnight. Lengua definitely tastes better at night.
-Zankou: You know what it is. They're everywhere.
There's more I could list, but nothing really memorable to me so far. Please feel free to add your thoughts, recommendations, and warnings.