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A Pasadena top ten

Key Lime Guy | Jun 9, 200303:19 PM

Since Pasadena requests seem to come in every few days, maybe it is time to have a thread for general reference.

Here are my favorites:

1. Gerlach's Grill
at Fair Oaks and Glenarm next to the liquor store
This is a Middle Eastern-Mexican hybrid specializing in fresh fish. So you can get Mahi Mahi tacos with saffron rice. The scallop burrito (with cucumber sauce) is among the most amazing meals I've ever had. Drawback: take-out only, or eat on the hood of your car.

2. Tibet-Nepal House
on Holly between Colorado & Raymond
Easy to forget or overlook, this may be the city's best restaurant in any category. Delicious food, wonderful room, very helpful and polite service.

3. La Fornaretta
on Raymond between Green & Colorado
Sicilian home cooking. Very nice pasta dishes and thin-crust pizzas. The insalata selveggia is out of this world. Great service too.

4. Shaab
on Raymond between Union & Holly
Extremely attentive Japanese food including sushi, teriyaki, and shabu-shabu. Service can be slow, but it's worth the patience.

5. Saladang Song
on Fair Oaks between Del Mar & California
Beautiful Thai food; beautiful atmosphere. Favorite dish: Midori's Envy. The original Saladang next door is great too, slightly less epxensive, and somewhat more Americanized.

6. Pita Pita
on Colorado ~ 1 blk. east of Lake
Like a fastball down the center of the plate, this is simple, basic, Mediterranean food very well done. Lots of options for vegetarians. Counter service.

7. Pasadena Sandwich Company
on Madre, just north of Foothill (facing Bed Bath & Beyond)
For carnivores only. Don't eat for about three days, then come here for a TTC ("Trust the Cook"). Dagwood Bumstead is their spiritual advisor. Counter service.

8. Europane
on Colorado ~ 1 blk. east of Lake
Home of the controversial soft-boiled egg salad, which I love, and other delights. Excellent bread. Counter service.

9. Chiara
on Colorado bewteen Fair Oaks and Raymond
Brazilian-Italian. Rich, savory food. Fun crowd.

10. Marston's
on Walnut ~ 1 blk. east of Raymond
Very very good nostalgic breakfast and lunch fare in a quaint bungalow outfitted as a praire farm house, complete with grandma. They are inexplicably closed on Sunday mornings.

Note: My post is oriented to chowhounds rather than foodies. I have omitted places such as Tre Venezie and Xiomara, although I'm sure they're excellent. I don't intend to be a fundamentalist in this regard, I just can't review them since I don't frequent them myself. Perhaps others will chime in so this thread can serve as a comprhensive future reference.

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