Had to go down to MDR today, so I figured, Great...I'll get down there around ten, then hit Pann's on the way back home! And then I looked at my daytimer, and saw I'd made a lunch date with an old school buddy at Beadle's. But in all the five years I've been in Pasadena I'd never tried that place, so what the hey...it's old folks' cafeteria food, gotta be OK.
Well, that's pretty much what it was. I was glad to see they had lamb shanks, pan-braised in a sauce, and indeed my shank was pleasantly large and very tasty. My little tomato and mushroom salad was in a nice well-herbed vinaigrette, too, though the tomato slices were tough from being refrigerated. I'd not wanted the steamed-looking baked potato, so I got some rice and had gravy put on it - a mistake, because the rice was almost crunchy and the gravy was a reddish sauce tasting mostly of some commercial base. The broccoli was slightly underdone, the way I like it, but neither it nor the rice had ever seen a salt-shaker. OK iced tea. The whole thing, with tax, came to just under $12.
You do get your parking validated - you park in the building, up a level from the restaurant - and at 11:30 there were maybe four other patrons, mostly quite ancient. The baked chicken and dressing looked very yummy, and would have been a little cheaper. Since it's just down the street, I'll try it again, but NOT on a day when I have a chance to go to Pann's!
825 E. Green St. - that's the official address, but you enter the garage from Lake, about half a block south of Colorado, and the front door faces east.