I couldn't find much posted on this place, which is in Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. just east of Lake Ave.
It's Lebanese, and I went there for lunch and was totally satisfied. Dad ordered dark meat roast chicken plate w/ 2 sides, and I had roast lamb plate. Two iced teas and the total was $20 and change.
You order at the counter, and there's a long, open kitchen. Service is very prompt, with lots of staff cooking. The plates come with a (very fresh) Romaine-tomato-cucumber side salad with the same vinagrette dressing that nearby Tarantino uses (not sure what this is though). Chicken dish included basically two legs and two thighs (yes, a lot of chicken), and mine was a generous mound of tender, well-spiced lamb pieces over aromatic rice, with a little side of bean stew. (Often, subpar restaurants seem to pile lots of mediocre food on your plate, so I was skeptical, was this was really chowish and tasty stuff.) Also, the lamb was topped w/ toasted almond pieces, which lent that nutty, smoky flavor. Our order also included pita bread, pita chips, and two excellent homemade hot sauces (plus garlic sauce for the chicken a la Zankou). I didn't have the falafel, but they appeared to be cooking it to order, which is a good sign.
As we ate, we observed that food seems to improve a certain distance away from Fair Oaks/Colorado (i.e. the "heart" of Old Town). I'll be back!
927 E. Colorado Blvd., #101
(Between Lake and Mentor)
Pasadena CA 91105
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