It's mom's birthday later this week and one of my sibs recommended dinner at Bistro 45 in Pasadena. It's garnered top rankings in Zagat, but alas, over the past couple years, I've found many of the guide's favorable reviews to be zealous at best and "gamed" at worst. It seems there's just a degree of, for lack of better expression, grade inflation. Every other place in there seems to be pulling 26s and 27s for food.
So back to the issue at hand, Bistro 45. What say y'all? What is so particularly great about it that warrants the 27 bestowed by the faithful. To what other LA-area establishments does it compare? Thanks for the insights!