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Native returning for a visit. Need recs.

biscuit | Jan 28, 201212:20 PM

Haven't been home in a couple of years, so I know much has changed. Have been trying to keep up, but not an easy task.

So, planning ahead with your help. We will be staying in the Pasadena area, but willing to travel.

Need the following (have included my ideas so far):

1. One special night out with wife (but doesn't have to be pricy):
• Animal?
• AOC?
• Campanile (I've been for lunch once before)?
• Osteria Mozza (though we have molto of Mario in NYC, a few hours away)
• Border Grill (never went)
• Other?

2. Casual lunch with 4 year-old in tow:
• Ink.Sack (anywhere to sit?)
• Short Order
• Langer's
• Pizzeria Mozza?
• Other?

3. Dinner with Mom, wife and 4 year-old:
• Lawry's (I know, I know, but I've never been there either)?
• AKA Bistro?
• Pizzeria Mozza?
• Border Grill?
• Other?

Is there anything in Pasadena worth looking at? My brother swears by AKA Bistro, but I know nothing about it.

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