Abricott has opened on Lake St. in a former Koo Koo Roo and it's a vast improvement. It's a casual, order at the counter cafe from the owners of Daisy MInt, with similar Asian touches as well as sandwiches and pastries. The decor is sweet and whimsical, with a nicely-decorated private room in the back, a cozy nook where a couple can share a couch, and a roomy patio. We tried a spicy pork belly sandwich and the trout-papaya salad, both flavorful and good, if not mind-blowing. Most people seemed to be ordering the beef pho or chicken curry at lunchtime, but the breakfast menu looks good and is served until 3 pm. With Daisy Mint, Cham Korean Bistro, Slaw Dogs, Intelligentsia, Settebello and a few others, perhaps Pasadena is not quite as weak as before.
1218 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA
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720 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
238 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101