I just found this site and I'm sure I'll be here often.
As my initial contribution, I'd like to recommend the Raymond in Pasadena. It may be a bit hard to find and easy to drive past without noticing it's there. The restaurant is a converted California Bungalow located just off of Fair Oaks. If you like bungalow (we love them), you will find the Raymond quite charming. Besides the inside dining rooms, there are also 2 patios to dine in.
We like to go there for special occasions. My wife have been there half a dozen times or so. There service has always been professional and curteous and very attentive.
The menu is not huge, but changes often. If you go, and it's on the menu, I highly recommend the duck. It is simply the best duck I've ever had.
The skin is still sizzling and slightly cripsy when it arrives. The flesh is a perfect medium for me - not too pink and still very tender. The duck fat melts on your palette and has the near aroma of smoked bacon. It was so good, I wanted to order it twice!
Also, they have a fine selection of deserts. My wife is a big fan of their flourless chocolate cake. I have to agree.
1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: (626) 441 3136
Fax: (626) 441 4770