We (two of us) are flying into LAX from Philadelphia this Friday, flying out the following Thursday. We''ll be staying at the Sheraton in Pasadena most of the time, though I was planning on spending Wednesday night at a hotel near LAX so we don't have to drive there during morning rush hour for an early flight the following day. We'll also be visiting family in Sunland quite a few of those days, so feel free to mention any places around there, though from what I understand so far Pasadena is probably where the better restaurants are. I'm looking at Google Earth and it looks like Pasadena is pretty walkable. We're used to walking around Philly, walking would be preferable to driving if possible. We'll be going to Real Food Daily one day.
Anyway, we'll probably be eating out most of the time we're there, so any recs would be welcome. Places that get their ingredients locally would be nice, cuisine type is less important, though we could do without Italian since we're surrounded by it here in Philly. Neither of us is vegetarian/vegan, though the people we're visiting are vegetarian. We won't be eating with them all the time, though.
- Some decent breakfast places near the Sheraton. A place with great biscuits would be fantastic. I searched a bit and Greene Street Restaurant is not far away, ditto Yaihira, Julienne, and Europane. Are these places still open/good?
- Good, casual lunch. We're not looking for fine dining at lunchtime, my favorite lunch is a $5 plate of tacos al pastor.
- Great dinners in Pasadena/Sunland. As I said, we'll be visiting Real Food Daily once. For dinner, we're looking for more upscale places, nothing that has a dress code though. We are pretty adventurous eaters, our favorite restaurants here in Philly are a place that serves house-made pig-lung sausage and their own charcuterie (among many other delicious things) and another place that serves venison tartare sashimi-style. So don't hold back recommending a place. Ethnic is good, steakhouses are a no-no.
- One dinner for the two of us, within cab ride distance of LAX, for the night before our flight. I have no idea where to go here. It will likely be a long while before we get back to LA, so we'd like to have something memorable. Doesn't have to be expensive or fine-dining.