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Marstons in Pasadena -- Never Again!

Like-Go-Eat? | Nov 22, 2005 12:15 AM

Five of us went to Marstons this weekend for the Macadamia Nut Pancakes and veggie omelets. We arrived at 8:00 AM when they opened. A short line of people were there before us. At 8:05 they began seating everyone. After everyone was seated the place was still half empty. Then we were lead to one of their little tables that is really to small for four people. They added a fifth chair to the end of the dinky table. We ordered our food at about 8:10. By the time they brought our drinks 10 min. later we decided that the table was not big enough for us. We were surrounded by other little tables for two (all empty) so we pulled one over to make room for our group. Maybe we were out of line not wanting to be so insulted by being crowded in a half empty place. Maybe that is why other single people who walked in after us were eating before us – even leaving before we got any food. The place was still half empty at 8:30 when the toast arrived. We thought it was nice to get the toast before the rest of the breakfast. But wait. It was not until 8:40 that our breakfast began to arrive. Within a few more min. we all had a dish in front of us. So by the time the food arrived the toast was cold as well as half of our breakfast as we decided to not eat in front of others at our table until we each had a plate. Again, maybe our fault. The Macadamia Nut Pancakes were just as I remembered them from several weeks earlier when I visited alone and only ordered them with water – just right! Not to much, not to little and the appearance was like each was made with care. They tasted good. Now, the veggie omelets. Wow!, did they look great. BUT, What veggie? Sun-dried tomatoes – Yep! They were Dried ! No taste and not near enough of them or any other veggie to add any flavor to the sea of 3 eggs. I counted ONE lone “mushrooms” in my omelet. When I told my wife later she said her omelet had NONE. The check came – $85 plus the tip for breakfast for five. My group thought I was nuts bringing them there. They reminded me they were all quickly served the best Macadamia Nut Pancakes and omelets in Maui last month (with a view of other islands) for a little more than half of what Marstons robbed us for. I looked at the check. Drinks like OJ at $4, coffee at $3 and berries at “Market Price” is how they make the Macadamia Nut Pancake breakfast at $9.50 get way-out-of-line in that dinky little room with the T-Bar ceiling. My son told me some of his potatoes were not cooked. The little ones were cooked but the bigger ones were not. Yep! That was the same for each of us. Oh but they look so good when they sit on the plate – big, little, mixed with the onion. If the big ones were cooked then the little ones were black. This place is becoming another Apple-Pan and Pie 'n Burger kind of place. To much hype, To much $$$$, NO comfortable seating and To much attention to appearance and not enough to giving the customer what they paid for – value for the dollar. Bottom line, Marstons – Never again!

Marstons (Macadamia Nut Pancakes $9.50 $$$$$)
151 E Walnut St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 796-2459
(South of 210, East of Fair Oaks, West of Los Robles)

Apple Pan (Burgers & Pie$$$$$, only 20 counter seats)
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064-2105
(310) 475-3585
Cross Street: Westwood Boulevard

Pie 'n Burger (Burgers & Pie $$$$$)
913 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 795-1123

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