I know I'll get push back for this but here we go. Three more new & mediocre places in Pasadena ranked from very mediocre to mediocre:
1. Creme de la Crepe - very mediocre: none of the food was hot and all of it was poorly seasoned. The crepes, especially the buckwheat ones, sucked = not soft, overdone. My eggs benedict was tasteless. Service was spotty and it's a small place.
2. Bob's Big Boy - mediocre plus: Brand new so the place is clean as a whistle. The service was attentive. The food was even hot. I was a fool to expect anything better than Burbank. Yes, the malt was good but the fries were greasy and the burger literally had no taste. Nostalgic yes, tasty no.
3. Slaw dogs - mediocre: Listen, before you take swings at me just remember: Don't hate the player, hate the game. The owner and his mother are very nice. And the fudge his wife makes is good. But, the compliments stop there. Our party had the following: spicy polish on the grill combo with potato salad, Chili cheese dog with onions, and a vienna? dog with kraut, swiss and mustard combo with sweet potato fries. My spicy polish was grilled but not that spicy (compare to Carney's which is more similar a dog or Fabs which is totally different, they are much more spicy) and the bun was not fresh. How can that be? They just opened. My chili cheese dog quality, the actual dog, was not so great and totally fell apart when I was eating it. The bun was not fresh. Finally, the vienna dog my friend had, she said was ok, but they forgot to put the swiss on. We were dining at an off hour so you would think they could get the order right. The sweet potato fries were perfectly cooked but my potato salad was NOT COLD and served on a limp piece of lettuce. Final bitch: It was expensive. Despite all of this, I am going to give it a few more chances because I want them to succeed. My prediction is that they will not be there February 2011.
As for Creme de la Crepe and Bob's, you won't see me back.
Just remember that i am not a hater, just tellin' you how my meal was.