Restaurants

NameType of VenueDescriptionDaysAddressCityPhoneWebsiteCost
Charlie's Trio CafeITALIANThis casual mom-and-pop eatery serves up all the traditional Italian favorites. The generous portions sizes and adjacent sports bar make it a great choice for the entire family.L-D daily.47 W. Main St.Alhambra626.284.4943charliestriocafe.com$
Chengdu TasteCHINESESan Gabriel Valley foodies in the know rave about this local spot specializing in spicy food from the Szechuan province. Delectable rarities for the brave diner include lion fish and pork knuckle.L-D daily.828 W. Valley Blvd.Alhambra626.588.2284$$
Diner on MainAMERICANA 1950s style diner with a classic American menu. They've got hand-dipped shakes for the kids and martinis (not shaken) for the grown-ups.B-L-D Sun.-Thurs.; B-L Fri.-Sat.201 W. Main St.Alhambra626.281.3488dineronmainrestaurant.net$$
Empress Harbor Seafood RestaurantCHINESEThe patrons here don't eat, they feast. This restaurant, known for first-rate dim sum and peking duck will certainly give you the opportunity to do so.B-L-D daily.111 N. Atlantic Blvd. Ste. 350Monterey Park626.300.8833empressharbor.net$
Fosselman'sICE CREAMQuality ingredients and a variety of inventive flavors have earned this institution a loyal following since it opened in 1919.L-D daily.1824 W. Main St.Alhambra626.282.6533fosselmans.com$
Grill Em' AllAMERICANThis heavy metal-themed joint used to be one of the busiest food trucks in town. They serve burgers like the "Dee Snider" with peanut butter, strawberry jam, bacon and Sriracha and the "Napalm Death" with pepperjack, pickled jalapeño, cream cheese, jalapeño peppers and habanero aioli.L-D daily.19 E. Main St.Alhambra626.284.2874grillemallburgs.com$$
Twohey's RestaurantAMERICANA San Gabriel institution since 1943. Fresh, quality, comfort food in a family friendly atmosphere. LA's best hot fudge sundae!B - L - D daily.1224 N. Atlantic Blvd.Alhambra626.284.7387twoheys.com$$
Wahib's Middle East RestaurantLEBANESEEnjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean in this traditional Lebanese dining room. You can try a little bit of everything at the lunch or dinner buffet. Complete the experience by lounging on the outdoor patio with a hookah.B-L-D daily.910 E. Main St.Alhambra626.281.1006wahibmiddleeast.com$$
AltaEatsGLOBALFrench-trained chef Paul Ragan takes your palate around the world with his small gourmet bites. The innovative presentation is as unexpected as the offbeat pairings of ingredients.D Thurs.-Sat.1860 N. Allen Ave.Altadena626.794.1162altaeats.com$$
Amy's Patio CafeAMERICANThis community cafe has a generous selection of traditional and tasty brunch fare. The zucchini bread is a favorite.B-L-D Thurs.-Sat.; B-L Sun.-Wed.900 E. Altadena Dr.Altadena626.798.4737amyspatiocafe.com$
Bulgarini GelatoITALIANHusband and wife Leo Bulgarini and Elizabeth Foldi serve up delicate scoops of heaven at this award-winning gelateria.Dessert daily.749 E. Altadena Dr.Altadena626.627.7640bulgarinigelato.com$$
The Coffee Gallery BackstageCAFÉCoffee is just an excuse for good conversation; live music and comedy is at this hub for aspiring creatives.Coffee and snacks daily.2029 N. Lake Ave.Altadena626.398.7917funkylittlecoffeehouse.com$
El PatronMEXICANDon't be deceived by the worn-down exterior, this hole-in-the wall serves up some mean tacos. Try the tongue if you're feeling adventurous.B-L-D daily.2555 Lake Ave.Altadena626.296.2818elpatrononline.com$
Fox'sAMERICANThis neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot feels like home sweet home. Nothing you haven't seen before on the menu--just all the sweet and savory classics that will entice you to take one more bite than you should.B-L Tues.-Sun.2352 Lake Ave.Altadena626.797.9430$
Nancy's Greek CaféGREEKAuthentic homemade Greek food produced only from the freshest meats and vegetables.B-L Tues.-Sun.; D Tues.-Sat.763 E. Altadena Dr.Altadena626.794.0050nancysgreekcafe.com$
Bean Sprout CafeCHINESEExpect all the Chinese American favorites, but vegetarian.B-L-D Wed.-Mon.103 E. Huntington Dr.Arcadia626.254.8708beansproutstogo.com$
Boiling PointTAIWANESEExperience a tour of hot soups with delicious regional flavors. From Japanese miso and spicy Taiwanese broths to Korean kimchi and thai sapor, Boiling Point makes a killer bowl of soup.L-D daily.206 1st Ave.Arcadia626.461.6688bpgroupusa.com$$
The DerbyAMERICANOne of Southern California's original steakhouses. Enjoy the famous rack of lamb, tender ribeye and full-service bar.L-D Mon.-Fri.; D Sat.-Sun.233 E. Huntington Dr.Arcadia626.447.2430thederbyarcadia.com$$
Din Tai Fung Dumpling HouseCHINESEThe master chefs at this dumpling hotspot churn out perfectly round pouches filled with your choice of pork and/or crab in a perfectly seasoned broth. Call in the morning to reserve a bowl of their famous small dumpling soup which is only served on weekends and always sells out by noon.L-D daily.1108 Baldwin Ave.Arcadia626.574.7068dintaifungusa.com$$
HaiDiLao HotpotCHINESEIndulge intraditional Sichuan-style hot pot with organic veggies and world-class service in a exquisite dining room. The Sichuan crispy fried pork is to die for.L-D daily.400 S. Baldwin Ave.Arcadia626.445.7232haidilao.us$$
Matt Denny's Ale HouseAMERICANScruptious pub and comfort foods from around the world. We recommend the sky high pastrami or try da' corned beef!L-D daily.145 Huntington Dr.Arcadia626.462.0250mattdennys.com$$
Sesame GrillPACIFIC RIMGourmet American with a splash of the tropics. The menu has a wide variety of seafood and meat entrees that are easy to digest and beautifully presented.L-D daily.308 E. Huntington Dr.Arcadia888.235.9812sesamegrillarcadia.net$$
Tasty GardenCHINESEIf you're looking to expand your Chinese food repertoire, this is the place. The extensive menu offers dozens of meat, seafood and vegetable specialties most Americans have never even heard of.L-D daily.1212 S. Baldwin Ave.Arcadia626.445.9388tastygardenusa.com$
Bon Vivant Market & CafeAMERICANThis cafe, bar and restaurant is the perfect place for people watching in this artistic and vibrant neighborhood. They've got bottomless mimosas and bloody marys for brunch, gourmet sandwiches and salads for a quick bite, fromage and charcuterie, char-grilled oysters by the dozen and substantial entrées if you're looking to sit down for a long meal.B-L-D daily.3155 Glendale Blvd.Atwater Village323.284.8013bonvivantmarketcafe.com$$
CaneléAMERICANExpect high quality ingredients and meticulous curation in this intimate dining space. The diverse menu is creative yet accessible, satisfying the most adventurous and picky of eaters.B Sat.-Sun.; L Wed.-Sun.; D Tue.-Sun.3219 Glendale Blvd.Atwater Village323.666.7133canele-la.com$$$
Proof BakeryBAKERYQuality over quantity is the name of the game at this quaint French bakery. They don't have a huge selection of pastries and sandwiches, but everything is seasonal and baked to perfection.B-L daily.3156 Glendale Blvd.Atwater Village323.664.8633proofbakeryla.com$$$
Bäco MercatSPANISHThe “bäco,” a soft flatbread rolled around flavorful mashes of fish, meat and vegetables, is Chef Josef Centeno’s signature at this inventive, Spanish-inspired spot. We recommend the pork belly or hamachi crudo.L-D daily.408 S. Main St.Downtown LA213.687.8808bacomercat.com$$
BadmaashINDIANMouthwatering traditional favorites and innovative bites with international influences. The hearty, spiced lamb burger comes on a brioche bun with an optional side of spiced mango chutney. The chili cheese naan oozing with aged American cheddar tastes something like a fluffy quesadilla. The plump and tender butter chicken swims in a rich, garlicy masala.L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly.108 W. 2nd St.Downtown LA213.221.7466badmaashla.com$$
BestiaITALIANExecutive Chef Ori Menashe house-cures more than 60 different meats and sausages, many of which are incorporated into the menu's refined pizzas and pastas.D nightly.2121 E. 7th Pl.Downtown LA213.514.5724bestiala.com$$$
Bottega LouieITALIANA popular Downtown choice with good food and great dessert. A family-friendly brunch spot that transforms into a lively late-night dinner hub. If you're looking to prolong a successful date, order some sweets from the scrumptious bakery.B-L-D daily.700 S. Grand Ave.Downtown LA213.802.1470bottegalouie.com$$$
The Bread LoungeBAKERYTo-die-for breads and pastries baked daily. We recommend the simple prosciutto sandwich on an olive ciabatta. You can also pick up a fresh baguette or whole wheat loaf to take home.B-L-D daily.700 S. Santa Fe Ave.Downtown LA213.327.0782breadlounge.com$$
Cole'sAMERICANThis Downtown hub makes a mean French dip with your choice of lamb, pork, pastrami, USDA prime beef or turkey and a cup of Au Jus on the side. There's an unlabeled speakeasy in the back with unreal libations and an obscurity that attracts A-listers.L-D daily.118 E. 6th St.Downtown LA213.622.4090colesfrenchdip.com$
Church & State BistroFRENCHA wining and dining hotspot. The classic French fare is made with all natural produce and humanely raised animal products.L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly.1850 Industrial St.Downtown LA213.405.1434churchandstatebistro.com$$$
Drago CentroITALIANThis airy, light-filled restaurant is a safe bet for professionals looking to impress. Expect traditional Italian dishes with just the right amount of innovation, such as basil spaghetti with Sicilian almond-tomato and pesto or house-made pappardelle with roasted pheasant and morel mushrooms.L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly.525 S. Flower St.Downtown LA213.228.8998dragocentro.com$$$
KagayaJAPANESEThis shabu-shabu house imports premium cuts of USDA Prime Rib and tender Wagyu beef from Japan. Reserve a table ahead of time to have this superb cultural and culinary experience.D Tues.-Sun.418 E. 2nd St.Downtown LA213.617.1016$$$$
Más MaloMEXICANSilver Lake favorite Malo now has a sister. The Chicano-inspired eatery's set up shop in a historic jewelry store with intricately carved high rise ceilings circa-1923 and a fully stocked kitchen of simple, locally sourced ingredients.L-D daily.515 W. 7th St.Downtown LA213.985.4332masmalorestaurant.com$$
Pacific Dining CarAMERICANA gourmet steakhouse that was founded in 1921 inside a railway train car. You can wine and dine in this historic restaurant 24 hours a day.B-L-D daily.1310 W. 6th St.Downtown LA213.483.6000pacificdiningcar.com$$$$
PerchFRENCHThis prohibition-themed restaurant and lounge is located on the 15th floor of a skyscraper. The main draw is the ambience. There's a view of Downtown's twinkling skyline and timeless cocktails. Check their calendar to find out when they're having live Jazz.L Sat.-Sun.; D nightly.448 S. Hill St.Downtown LA213.802.1770perchla.com$$$
Phillipe The OriginalDELIA trip to Downtown LA isn’t complete without a stop at this iconic locale. Famous for their French dipped sandwiches, this sandwich shop carries not only a variety of delicious meat options, but also salads and pies. If you’re feeling a little spicy, try their homemade hot mustard. But be warned, it is not for the faint of heart!B-L-D daily.1001 N. Alameda St.Downtown LA213.628.3781philippes.com$
The Pie HoleAMERICANThese sweet and savory pies are made from scratch every day. The owner places an emphasis on locally sourced, ethically grown and organic ingredients, so you can chow down guilt-free as long as you don't look up the calorie count.B-L-D daily.714 Traction Ave.Downtown LA213.537.0115thepieholela.com$$
RiveraNEW LATINMuses from Mexico all the way down to Argentina and over to Spain make appearances on this tapas style menu. Ecuadorian crudo comes in the form of translucent slices of hiromasa with a citrusy and spicy surprise of kumquats and Fresno chilies. The tender Yucatecan puerco pibil braised in a banana leaf slides right off the bone.L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat.1050 S. Flower St.Downtown LA213.749.1460riverarestaurant.com$$$
Sushi GenJAPANESENestled in a Little Tokyo strip mall, this gem provides an authentic, no-frills experience with only the freshest, high-quality fish in its purest form. The long wait is well worth a spot at the bar where you can sit back, order a hot sake and allow the chef to select your meal.L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat.422 E. 2nd St.Downtown LA213.617.0552sushigen.org$$$
UmamicatessenAMERICANThe famous Umami Burger plus some. There's a Jewish deli with modern takes on matzo ball soup, knishes and pastrami sandwiches. A corner of the restaurant is devoted to curated Italian prosciuttos, Spanish Iberico and other charcuterie specialties. Their donuts with everything from New Orleanian chicory to Mexican tres leches are fried to order.L-D daily.852 BroadwayDowntown LA213.413.8626umami.com/umamicatessen$$
WurstkücheGERMANThis urban eatery with exposed brick walls, long communal tables and a DJ spinning progressive indie fits perfectly into Downtown's Arts District. The boutique brews on tap and exotic bratwursts make for a wild pregame. Try the crocodile and pork or rattlesnake and rabbit sausage.L-D daily.800 E. 3rd StreetDowntown LA213.687.4444wurstkuche.com$$
Abby's DinerAMERICANDon't expect anything original, just expect the original done right. A cheeseburger with fresh dressings, a crispy white bun and a patty grilled exactly as requested for a mere $3.45.B-L-D daily.4862 Eagle Rock Blvd.Eagle Rock323.257.2229$
Auntie Em'sAMERICANA homey bakery and cafe that takes pride in making everything from scratch out of fresh and in season ingredients. Expect gazpacho in the summer and stew when it gets chilly.B-L daily.4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.Eagle Rock323.255.0800auntieemskitchen.com$
Cacao MexicatessenMEXICANA stylish local joint with a fervent following, serving everything from traditional dishes to new and exciting takes on old favorites. They've also got one of the best Mexican breakfasts around.B-L-D Tues.-Sun.1576 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.478.2791cacaodeli.com$$
Cafe BeaujolaisFRENCHClassic French cuisine in a romantic, candlelit atmosphere. Entrees include simple preparations of oven baked meats such as chicken breast, steak, duck and pork.B-L Tues.-Sun.; D Tues.-Sat.1712 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.255.5111$$
Camilo's California BistroNEW AMERICANA high-end choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They own the decadent brunch with their banana foster waffles, bread pudding French toast and Eagle Rock omelet with brie, basil and oven-dry tomatoes.B-L Sun.; B-L-D Tues.-Thurs.; D Fri.-Sat.2128 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.478.2644camilosbistro.com$$
Casa Bianca Pizza PieITALIANSince 1955, Casa Bianca has been an Eagle Rock staple. You can't go wrong with the original cheese.D Tues.-Sat.1650 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.256.9617casabiancapizza.com$$
Classic ThaiTHAIThis cheap eat has all the most popular Thai noodle dishes and curries.L-D daily.1708 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.478.0530classicthairestaurant.com$$
Colombo's Italian SteakhouseITALIANThere's a host of regular customers who are passionate about this cozy Italian eatery. The portions are generous and the live jazz always makes for a good time.B-L-D daily.1833 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.254.9138colombosrestaurant.com$$
Eagle Rock Italian BakeryITALIAN DELIA specialty grocer with stacks upon stacks of pastries, gourmet cold cuts and real provolone piled onto crispy baguettes and shelves of imported antipasti.B daily.; L Mon.-Sat.1726 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.255.8224eaglerockitalianbakery.com$
Eagle Rock Juice Co.JUICE BAREverything at this cold-pressed juice bar is full of healthy ingredients to get you glowing in no time.B-L-D daily.1565 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.258.5253eaglerockjuice.com$$
Little BeastNEW AMERICANThe reconverted 1911 bungalow is a mellow environment for foodies looking to spend a few hours relaxing, sipping on wine and chatting with friends. They serve gourmet comfort food like pan-roasted chicken with a cognac jus and sweet corn risotto with pecorino and an optional addition of crab.D daily.1496 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.341.5899littlebeastrestaurant.com$$
Mediterranean Triangle Shish Kabob and GrillMEDITERRANEANA casual Mediterranean eatery that specializes in large and affordable shish kabob plates and hot sandwiches.B-L-D daily.4917 Eagle Rock Blvd.Eagle Rock323.340.8314mediterraneantriangle.com$
OinksterAMERICANMouthwatering pastrami and burgers, sinful fries and tender pulled pork sandwiches.L-D daily.2005 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.255.6465oinkster.com$
Pat and Lorraine's Coffee ShopAMERICANThis homey mom-and-pop diner has been around for over 20 years. It's a good place to come if you're in the neighborhood and looking for a hearty all-American breakfast after a night out on the town.B-L daily.4720 Eagle Rock Blvd.Eagle Rock323.257.7926$$
Spitz Home of the Doner KebabMEDITERRANEANA European-style Doner Kebab restaurant that combines fast food and street food flavors with the quality of upscale eateries. The falafel and fried pita strips with hummus are excellent. Call-in orders available.L-D daily.2506 Colorado Blvd.Eagle Rock323.257.5600eatatspitz.com$$
Brite Spot DinerAMERICANPrepare for a trip down memory lane at this classic diner. Think quintessential American food; fluffy buttermilk pancakes doused in butter and maple syrup and hearty omelettes with crispy bacon.B-L-D Wed.-Sat.1918 W. Sunset Blvd.Echo Park213.484.9800britespotdiner.com$$
GuisadosMEXICANIt takes a lot for a taco to stand out in Los Angeles, but Guisados has had no problem making their mark. Enjoy mole poblano, chicken tinga or a flavorful vegetarian in one of their homemade tortillas.L-D Mon.-Sat.; L Sun.1261 W. Sunset Blvd.Echo Park213.250.7600guisados.com$
Masa of Echo ParkITALIANAuthentic, Chicago-style pizza in the heart of Echo Park. We recommend the traditional pie: a two-inch-deep cornmeal crust stuffed to the brim with Italian sausage and mushrooms.L-D daily.1800 W. Sunset Blvd.Echo Park213.989.1558masaofechopark.com/$$
The ParkAMERICANThe diverse menu is inspired by flavors from India, Korea, Italy and beyond. Satisfy a comfort food craving with the spaghetti and meatballs or be adventurous with the confit kurobuta pork shank in a meyer lemon vermouth syrup.B-L-D Sat.-Sun.; L-D Mon.-Fri.1400 W. Sunset Blvd.Echo Park213.482.9209thepark1400sunset.com$$
Taix French RestaurantFRENCHThis Eastside institution has been serving classic, indulgent, buttery French cuisine since 1927. Specialties include garlicy escargot, steak frites and frog legs. A late-night menu is available until 1 a.m.L-D daily.1911 W. Sunset Blvd.Echo Park213.484.1265taixfrench.com$$
Lemon Poppy KitchenBAKERYThe Planchita, a Romanian flatbread stuffed with ingredients like feta, scallions and dill or paprika-spiked potatoes, is a mus-try. Their homemade jams spread on a biscuit are also a favorite. Get one paired with a cup of Handsome coffee from what some call the best roasters in town.B-L daily.3324 Verdugo Rd.Glassell Park323.739.0012lemonpoppykitchen.com$
Bashan RestaurantAMERICANSophisticated foodies rave about this high-end dining experience, especially the oysters and steak. If you're looking to splurge, give one of the tasting menus a go.D Wed.-Sun. 3459 N. Verdugo Ave.Glendale818.541.1532bashanrestaurant.com$$$
Billy's DeliDELIThis Glendale landmark has been whipping up killer sandwiches for over 50 years.B-L-D daily.216 N. Orange St.Glendale818.246.1689billysdeli.com$
Bourbon SteakAMERICANThis modern American steakhouse offers a timeless experience with its glamorous dining room, fabulous Piano Bar and scrumptious dinner menu. The Wagyu Beed Burger is to die for.L-D Sun.; D Daily.237 S. Brand Blvd.Glendale818.839.4130michaelmina.net$$$
Carousel RestaurantLEBANESEA lavish culinary experience that attracts diners from all over L.A. County. It's got one of the most extensive Lebanese menus around and yet well-explained and approachable for those unfamiliar with the cuisine.L-D Tues.-Sun.304 N. Brand Blvd.Glendale818.246.7775carouselrestaurant.com$$
Damon's SteakhouseAMERICANYour classic steakhouse gone tropical. There's aquariums throughout the restaurant and the tiki bar serves up a mean mai tai.L-D daily.317 Brand Blvd.Glendale818.507.1510damonsglendale.com$$
Eden Burger BarAMERICANGourmet burgers made with 35-day dry-aged beef. If you're looking to get creative add on some figs and proscuitto, feta cheese and roasted red peppers or sweet potato and sausage.L-D daily.333 1/2 N. Verdugo Rd.Glendale818.552.2212edenburgerbar.com$$
Frida RestaurantMEXICANAn elegant atmosphere complements this restaurant's sophisticated take on authentic Mexican food.L-D daily.The Americana at Brand, 750 Americana Wy.Glendale818.551.1666fridarestaurant.com$$$
Glendale TapGASTROPUBRetro decor, pool tables and dozens of craft beers make for a cozy scene at this revamped dive bar.L-D Thurs.-Sun.; D nightly.4227 San Fernando Rd.Glendale818.241.4227$$
KatsuyaJAPANESEThis popular sushi restaurant has mastered the California roll and every other variation. Expect innovation and fancy presentation.L-D daily.The Americana at Brand, 702 Americana Wy.Glendale818.244.5900sbe.com/katsuya$$$
Mi CorazonMEXICANThis family-owned Mexican restaurant is the story of an American dream realized. Each menu item is made patiently from scratch daily.L-D daily.1402 W. Kenneth Dr.Glendale818.500.8100mi-corazon.net$$
Porto's Bakery and CafeCUBANThis Cuban bakery specializes in hot-pressed pork sandwiches and stuffed potato balls. Order one of the festive and ornate cakes for your next party.B-L-D daily.315 N. Brand Blvd.Glendale818.956.5996portosbakery.com$
Rainbow Sushi and TeriyakiJAPANESEGreat inexpensive to-go sushi and teriyaki restaurant with friendly service.L-D Mon.-Sat.1200 S. Brand Blvd.Glendale818.548.1230$
Recess EateryAMERICANHearty, traditional dishes are given a creative twist at this Glendale gathering place. The clever school-inspired menu features dishes like Papardelle Stroganoff and "extra credit" items such as Pear Fig Brie Flatbread. Live jazz Fridays and Saturdays.L-D daily.1102 N. Brand Blvd.Glendale818.507.0592recesseatery.com$$
Trattoria AmiciITALIANThis formal Italian menu starts with the antipasti and insalate, progresses to the primi piatti and finishes with the secondi piatti or entree. You don't come here to eat, you come here to dine and there's certainly a large enough wine list to find the perfect pour for each course.L-D daily.The Americana at Brand, 783 Americana Wy.Glendale818.502.1220amicila.com$$$
Ba RestaurantFRENCHThe elegant little dining room serving up French provincial classics is the vision of artist and chef James Graham and sculptor Julia Latané. The seasonally-inspired menu uses local, sustainable and cruelty-free ingredients.L-D Tues.-Sun.5100 York Blvd.Highland Park323.739.6243restaurantba.com$$
El Huarache AztecaMEXICANA cheap eat with hard-to-find Mexican favorites including chicharron, mole and, of course, their trademark huarache- a thick masa pancake topped with onions, cilantro, salsa and queso fresco.B-L-D daily.5225 York Blvd.Highland Park323.478.9572elhuaracheaztecala.com$
The Highland CafeCAFEThis eclectic hang fits perfectly into the diverse and blossoming surrounding area. You can stop in for lunch or spend all day parked on a couch with a cup of artfully brewed coffee.B-L daily.5010 York Blvd.Highland Park323.259.1000thehighlandcafela.com$$
MaximilianoITALIANThis well-curated eatery is the creation of former The Oinkster chef Andre Guerrero. The dishes are fresh and simple with an occasional twist. The wine and beer list features seven exclusive drafts from the Pasadena-based Craftsman Brewing Company.B-L Sat.-Sun.; D nightly.5930 York Blvd.Highland Park323.739.6125maximilianohp.com$$
Sonny's HideawayNEW AMERICANA gourmet venture for Ryan Ballinger, owner of the Highland Park hub The York, and his partner Derek Lyons. It’s New American with a twist of Mediterranean. Try the coffee braised pork cheek with coconut milk, apple relish and honey comb or the manila clams in a smoked grape broth.L-D Sun.; D Tues.-Sat.5137 York Blvd.Highland Park323.255.2000sonnyshideaway.com$$
The YorkGASTROPUBMany give this beloved hipster bar and eatery cred for inspiring the transformation of this up-and-coming neighborhood. The cocktails are well-mixed, the beer list overflowing and the food mouthwatering. The Sriracha and honey hot wings are killer.B-L-D daily.5018 York Blvd.Highland Park323.255.9675theyorkonyork.com$$
The Flintridge ProperAMERICANThis long overdue, hip restaurant is filling a void in La Cañada's culinary scene. Their kitchen cooks up high quality renditions of all-American favorites and their bar boasts over 200 different kinds of gin.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.464 Foothill Blvd.La Cañada818.790.4888theproper.com$$$
Hill Street CafeAMERICANItalian, Mexican, Chinese and American. This restaurant has it all. It's perfect for nights everyone in the family wants something different.B-L-D daily.1004 Foothill Blvd.La Cañada818.952.1019hillstreetcafelacanada.com$$
Los Gringos LocosMEXICANA great local joint. Stop in for Margarita Mondays or Taco Tuesdays for cheap drinks and eats.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.631 Foothill Blvd.La Cañada818.790.2696losgringoslocos.com$
Penelope's Cafe Books & GalleryCAFÉA charming nook to settle into with a book. Have a leisurely breakfast or lunch in the flowering garden.B-L Tues.-Sat.1029 Foothill Blvd.La Cañada818.790.4386$
Sakana Sushi & GrillJAPANESEJapanese fusion in a sleek setting. They have over a dozen rolls, sashimi platters and a premium sake menu. Catch live jazz here on weekends.L-D Mon.-Sun.2383 Foothill Blvd.La Cañada818.957.9922thesakana.com$$
Taylor's SteakhouseSTEAK HOUSESteak aficionados have already heard about this award-winning restaurant. Its prime rib cuts are always masterfully grilled.L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. 901 Foothill Blvd.La Cañada818.790.7668taylorssteakhouse.com$$$
Cafe MundialITALIANThe quaint outdoor area is great for lunch and the intimate dining area is ideal for evening time. Try one of the more creative dishes like the filet mignon pizza or just stick to the classics.L Tues.-Fri.; D Tues.-Sun.514 S. Myrtle Ave.Monrovia626.303.2233cafemundial.org$$
Cafe LuMarCROATIONThe Croation creations at this quaint cafe are exotic enough to appease the curious palate, but delicious enough to appeal to all.B-L Sun.; L-D Tues.-Sat.136 E. Colorado Blvd.Monrovia626.357.2184cafelumar.com$$
Cafe OperaITALIANA fusion of traditional and contemporary fare, this much-loved destination serves pastas and mussels that are sure to satisfy. The specialty martinis are a treat.B-L-D Sat.-Sun.; L-D Mon.-Fri.402 S. Myrtle Ave.Monrovia626.305.0094cafeoperamonrovia.com$
London GastropubGASTROPUBA glimpse into British pub culture. Expect hearty meals and generously poured drinks.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.419 S. Myrtle Ave.Monrovia626.357.2200londongastropub.net$$
Duck HouseCHINESEGet a whole roasted duck in the traditional peking style. It will come with garnishes, plum sauce and wrappers on the side. The preparation is ceremonial, and a lot of fun.L-D daily.501 S. Atlantic Blvd.Monterey Park626.284.3227duckshouse.com$$
Elite RestaurantCHINESEDim sum is always a fun cultural and culinary experience. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to try it in L.A. county.B-L-D daily.700 S. Atlantic Blvd.Monterey Park626.282.9998elitechineserestaurant.com$$
Hot Pot Hot PotCHINESEHot pots have become a fad in the San Gabriel Valley and this go-to spot does it right. Throw your favorite vegetables, meats and seasonings into the broth to curate a soup exactly to your taste.D Mon.-Fri.; L-D Sat.-Sun.120 S. Atlantic Blvd.Monterey Park626.282.1089hotpothotpot.com$$
Huge Tree PastryTAIWANESEThis Monterey Park nook shines at breakfast—try the green onion pancake, fan tuan and Chinese donut. Bring cash though, and come early, as the cozy eatery gets crowded.B-L daily.423 N. Atlantic Blvd. Ste. 106Monterey Park626.458.8689$
NBC SeafoodCHINESEThis ballroom-style restaurant is one of the most popular places to dine in the San Gabriel Valley. It's always buzzing with large parties indulging in lobster, imperial crab and fish right from the tank.B-L-D daily.404 S. Atlantic Blvd.Monterey Park626.282.2323nbcrestaurant.com$$
Thai ParadiseTHAIEnjoy a traditional Thai meal, including dishes not often found in American Thai restaurants such as Moo Ping. And at the end of each meal, diners are treated to a complimentary rice pudding dish that completes the experience.L-D daily.141 N. Atlantic Blvd. Ste. 113Monterey Park626.281.8886$
Basin 141NEW AMERICANDim edison light bulbs, artisanal cocktails and gourmet bar food are bringing an urban edge to the suburbs of Montrose.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.2265 Honolulu Ave.Montrose818.236.4810basin141.com$$
Black Cow CafeAMERICANCombining a small town feel with a modern flair, this popular standby is sure to please with dishes like stuffed potatoes, harvest vegetables and beef stroganoff.B-L Mon.; B-L-D Tues.-Sun.2219 Honululu Ave.Montrose818.957.5282theblackcowcafe.com$$
Blue FishJAPANESEThis sushi bar has a wide variety of fresh, baked and tempura rolls, along with a reasonable wine list.L-D daily.2261 Honolulu Ave.Montrose818.248.9700bluefishmontrose.com$$
Fratelli's Ristorante Italiano and PizzeriaITALIANThis neighborhood favorite has been satisfying local customers for a decade with quality pizzas and Italian subs. The sausage and meatballs are particularly impressive. They serve beer and wine.L-D daily.2064 N. Verdugo Blvd.Montrose818.957.3060fratellispizza.net$
Joselito's Mexican FoodMEXICANSolid Mexican food and an inviting atmosphere are the draw of this bustling restaurant.B Sun.; L-D daily.2345 Honolulu Ave.Montrose818.957.1901joselitosmontrose.com$
Zeke's SmokehouseBBQA lively smokehouse that does BBQ right with slow-cooked brisket, saucy ribs and marinated pulled pork.B Sat.-Sun.; L-D daily.2209 Honolulu Ave.Montrose818.957.7045zekessmokehouse.com$
1810ARGENTINEANFrom delectable empanadas, crispy croquetas and tender strips of churrasco, this Argentinean grill serves the most traditional meals you will ever taste.L-D daily.121 W. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.795.56581810restaurant.com$$
AKA - An American BistroAMERICANA Napa-inspired dining room with over thirty different wines and a diverse range of gourmet entrees.L-D daily.41 Hugus AlleyPasadena626.564.8111akabistro.com$$
Amara Chocolate & CoffeeCAFÉUnique confections and coffee, featuring the richest cacao as the main ingredient.
B-L-D Tues.-Sun.55 S. Raymond Ave.Pasadena626.744.1765amarachocolate.com$
Arroyo Chop HouseSTEAK HOUSEAn all-American steakhouse that only serves the best with USDA Prime Beef, market-fresh seafood and gourmet desserts.D nightly.536 S. Arroyo Pkwy.Pasadena626.577.7463arroyochophouse.com$$
Avanti CafeITALIANThis casual pizza joint has been a staple of the Pasadena restaurant scene for over 22 years. The Italian oak-fired oven transforms the fresh dough into a perfectly toasted crust.L-D daily.111 N. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.577.4688avanticafe.com$$
Bar CelonaSPANISHTrendy, lively locale featuring tapas galore and a full bar. Bar open late.L-D daily.38 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.405.1000barcelonapasadena.com$$
Beckham GrillBRITISHOld English charm and delicious dishes to boot: try the Yorkshire pudding or spinach soufflé.L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly.77 W. Walnut St.Pasadena626.796.3399beckhamgrill.com$$
B-Man's Teriyaki & BurgersJAPANESE/AMERICANThis casual Japanese eatery is known for its curry fries, teriyaki bowls and curry with rice. B-man's also serves burgers to satisfy your American fast food cravings.B-L-D daily.3007 E. Huntington Dr.Pasadena626.568.0386bmans.com$
Bistro 45CALIFORNIAN/FRENCHWinning wine lists and first-rate fare; try the port-braised "volcano" Colorado lamb shank.D Tues.-Sun.45 S. Mentor Ave.Pasadena626.795.2478bistro45.com$$$
Blaze PizzaITALIANBlaze Pizza is a modern day pizza joint known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. Each restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients – all for under $8.B-L-D daily.667 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.440.7358blazepizza.com$
Braise & Crumble CaféCAFÉWhether you're craving something sweet or savory, stop by this charming café for all your comfort food needs.L Mon.-Fri.40 N. Mentor Ave.Pasadena626.460.8600$
Buca di BeppoITALIANFamily-style platters and Italian-style camaraderie.L-D daily.80 W. Green St.Pasadena626.792.7272bucadibeppo.com$$
Cafe BizouFRENCHAn Old Pasadena date night destination with popular dishes such as lobster and salmon ravioli and a $2 corkage fee.L-D Tues.-Sun.; D Mon.91 N. Raymond Ave.Pasadena626.792.9923cafebizou.com$$
Cafe Linda'sTHAIContemporary takes on Thai classics at this Old Town gem; try the "Hot Mermaid," a lightly battered fish fillet on top of wok-fried string beans, or grilled Japanese eggplant accompanied with mozzarella.L-D Mon.-Fri.; D Tues.-Sun.34 E. Holly St.Pasadena626.584.0712cafelinda.com$
Cafe SantoriniMEDITERRANEANHummus, kabobs and a romantic ambience with upper patio seating.L-D daily.64 W. Union St.Pasadena626.564.4200cafesantorini.com$$
Cafe VerdeGLOBALAn eclectic, international menu. Try the huevos rancheros for breakfast, the pork marinated in citrus juices on sourdough bread for lunch and the handmade lobster ravioli in a butternut squash sauce for dinner.B-L Mon.; B-L-D Tues.-Sun.961 E. Green St.Pasadena626.356.9811cafeverdepasadena.com$$
Cameron's SeafoodSEAFOODA Pasadena institution that boasts some of the best ceviche in the San Gabriel Valley and a fresh fish market daily.L-D daily.1978 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.793.3474camerons4fish.com$$
Celestino Ristorante & BarITALIANPumpkin tortellini and penne with prosciutto in a vodka sauce top the list at this Sicilian eatery.L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. 141 S. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.795.4006celestinopasadena.com$$$
Central ParkAMERICANA century old flower warehouse converted into a modern dining room. The exposed brick and high rafter ceilings are up with the deconstructive trend. The menu is equally well-curated.B-L-D daily.219 S. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena626.449.4499centralparkrestaurant.net$$
CHAM Korean BistroKOREANTraditional Korean food gone healthy. Get bibimbap, steamed buns and noodles without making the trip to K-Town.L-D Mon.-Sat.851 Cordova St.Pasadena626.792.2474chamkoreanbistro.com$$
City ThaiTHAIThai restaurant with great fried rice, curry, salads and fine noodles. Free delivery within three miles of eatery (with $20 minimum purchase).L-D daily.48 S. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena626.577.1500citythairestaurant.com$$
ConfeXion Cupcakes + CakesBAKERYMake a stop on the “sweet side” for their innovative flavors including chocolate bacon caramel, hazelnut truffle and baklava.L-D Tue.- Sun.11 W. Dayton St.Pasadena626.486.9977confexioncupcakes.com$
Daisy MintTHAIAccessible and exotic choices please everyone in the crowd at this affordable little find. The BYOB policy makes it a popular hang amongst Pasadena City College students.L-D daily.1218 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.792.2999daisymint.com$$
Del Frisco’s Grille
AMERICANThis upscale bar and restaurant will cater to your taste, whatever that may be! And don’t forget to try one of their signature cocktails!L-D daily.55 S. Lake Ave. Ste. 150Pasadena626.765.9913delfriscosgrille.com$$
Deluxe Café & LoungeMEDITERRANEANThe only thing better than their generous hospitality is the food! Featuring a delicious array of authentic Mediterranean meals with charming ambiance.L-D Tues.-Sun.1717 E. Washington Blvd.Pasadena626.765.9486deluxepasadena.com$$
Dog Haus BiergartenGASTROPUBGrab a brat and a brew at this lively urban gastropub.L-D daily.93 E. Green St.Pasadena626.683.0808.doghaus.com$
Dots CupcakesBAKERYThe finest ingredients make for top-tier cupcakes in innovative flavors such as tiramisu and carrot cake.B-L-D daily.400 S. Arroyo Pkwy.Pasadena626.744.7719dotscupcakes.com$
Claud & Co. EateryNEW AMERICANEclectic and fresh seasonal fare and a knock-out wine list served in a creatively elegant setting. The newest venture by Claud Beltran, the owner of the dearly departed Noir Food and Wine.D Tues.-Fri.488 N. Allen Ave.Pasadena626.688.7256eateryonallen.com$$
Eden Bar and GrillMEDITERRANEANCome for the lamb kabob and falafel, stay for the belly-dancing performance. This lively atmosphere guarantees much more than a good meal.L-D Tues.-Fri.; D Tues.-Sun.175 E. Holly St.Pasadena626.440.1421edengardenbarandgrill.com$
El CholoMEXICANA local landmark that's been serving up carne asada and margaritas in L.A. for almost a century.L-D daily.260 E. Colorado Blvd. Ste. 203Pasadena626.795.5800elcholopasadena.com$
El PortalMEXICANTraditional Yucatan/Mexican cuisine, with a killer enchilada de mole topped with sesame seeds. The atmosphere is warm and festive, complete with indoor or courtyard seating.B-L-D Mon.-Thurs.; L-D Fri.-Sun.695 E. Green St.Pasadena626.795.8553elportalrestaurant.com$$
Edwin Mills by EquatorASIAN FUSIONA laid-back atmosphere with great specials throughout the week. We recommend the spicy tuna on crispy rice.B-L-D Thurs.-Sun.; D Mon.-Wed.22 Mills Pl.Pasadena626.564.8658edwinmills.com$$
Euro Pane Bakery & CafeCAFÉThe coffee and renowned baked goods are delightful, the sandwiches and salads fresh and satisfying, but the real draw is the slow paced environment. No one will blink twice if you post up for hours.B-L daily.950 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.577.1828$$
Flour + TeaTEA HOUSEThis bakery and tea house designs Asian treats with a modern flare. The taro bun or honey chrysanthemum tea are oh so sweet.B-L-D daily.238 S. Arroyo Pkwy.Pasadena626.698.1058flourandtea.com$
Gale's RestaurantITALIANThe large selection of meats and rich pastas are a tribute to the hearty cuisine of Tuscany.D Sun.; L-D Tues.-Sat.452 S. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena626.432.6705galesrestaurant.com$$
Galanga Take TwoTHAIDelicious fusion-style Thai food sure to curb your cravings. There curries are always served piping hot and don’t forget dessert!L-D daily.400 S. Arroyo Pkwy.Pasadena626.577.6599galangataketwo.com$$
Gin SushiJAPANESETraditional sushi restaurant with fresh rolls and sashimi.L-D daily.3589 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.440.9611ginsushi.com$$
Go ChinaCHINESEA cozy restaurant, affordable prices and delicious Chinese fare. The Dynamite Chicken is a must-try entrée!L-D daily.136 N. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.793.3888gochinarestaurant.com$
Green Street RestaurantAMERICANWhether you're looking for small bites to share, a three-course sit down dinner or a boxed gourmet meal to-go, this restaurant has it all. The menu is creative, but not too wild.B-L-D daily.146 Shoppers Ln.Pasadena626.577.7170greenstreetrestaurant.com$
Gyu KakuJAPANESEGrill your own steak or seafood at the table and wash it down with some sake. This interactive meal is a whole lotta fun.L-D daily.70 W. Green St.Pasadena626.405.4842gyu-kaku.com$$$
Himalayan CafeHIMALAYANA mix of traditional Himalayan, Nepalese and Indian dishes. Vegetarian options available.L-D daily.36 S. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena626.564.1560himalayancafela.com$
Houston'sSTEAK HOUSEA Pasadena favorite that consistently gets rave reviews for its prime cuts.L-D daily.320 S. Arroyo Pkwy.Pasadena626.577.6001hillstone.com$$$
Intelligentsia Coffee & TeaCAFEThis cafe is the home of a brew that's been so hyped by L.A. baristas, it's now considered a requisite at every trendy restaurant in the county.B-L-D daily.55 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.578.1270intelligentsiacoffee.com$$
IX Tapa CantinaMEXICANThe grilled fish tacos make for a great bar snack. They also have a dangerous happy hour.L-D daily.119 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.304.1000cantinaixtapa.com$$
Japon BistroJAPANESEFancy rolls, fresh sashimi and a sake menu. Stop by after work for the sushi specials and discounts from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.L-D Tues.-Fri.; D Sat.-Sun.927 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.744.1751japonbistropasadena.com$$
Juice Served HereJUICE BARRaw, organic and 100 percent cold-pressed juice. This juice bar offers only the highest quality juices and promotes happy, healthy lifestyles. Try the Block Rockin' Beets-a kidney cleansing juice of beets, carrots, tomato, lemon, cilantro and jalapeno.B-L-D daily.57 E. Holly St.Pasadena626.578.0101juiceservedhere.com$
King's RowGASTROPUBJungli Maas, Trotter Hash, Shepherd's Stack and other entrees only recognizable by serious pub-goers. They've got a jolly-good happy hour from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and all day on Tuesdays.B-L-D daily.20 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.793.3010kingsrowpub.com$$
The Kitchen Italian Cafe and PizzeriaITALIANThis Italian eatery serves Sicilian, New York and Chicago deep-dish pizza. They're also known for their hearty calzones.L-D daily.78 W. Union St.Pasadena626.796.9802thekitchenpasadena.com$$
La Grande Orange CafeCALIFORNIANAn upscale dining spot with an emphasis on creative takes on the classics, with many fresh vegetarian options.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.260 S. Raymond Ave.Pasadena626.356.4444lgostationcafe.com$$
LemonadeCALIFORNIANThis convenient and healthy lunch favorite has a great selection of salads, sandwiches and soups.L-D daily.146 S. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.304.7700lemonadela.com$
LincolnCAFÉThis bakery and café is always busy, busy, busy! But it’s worth a trip to try a bite of anything from their brunch selection.B-L-D Mon.-Sat.; B-L Sun.1992 Lincoln Ave.Pasadena626.765.6746lincolnpasadena.com$$
The Little Flower Candy Co.CAFEThis café and candy kitchen is filled with sweet and savory delights. Don’t leave without trying one of their famous handmade caramels!B-L-D Mon.-Sat.; B-L Sun.1422 W. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.304.4800littleflowercandyco.com$$
The Luggage Room PizzeriaITALIANPlentiful chopped salads and large pizzas for sharing. Gluten-free dough is available.D Mon.-Fri.; L-D Sat.-Sun.260 S. Raymond Ave.Pasadena626.356.4440theluggageroom.com$$
Magnolia HouseAMERICANA hideaway for those in the know. Enjoy unique, delicious craft cocktails and a small-plate menu inspired from around the world.D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.492 S. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.584.1126themaghouse.com$
Maison AkiraFRENCH/JAPANESEImpressive French cuisine infused with flavors from the Pacific Rim.L-D Fri. & Sat.; D Tues.-Sun.713 E. Green St.Pasadena626.796.9501maisonakira.com$$$
Malbec Argentinean CuisineARGENTINEANThis popular Pasadena restaurant is a great introduction to Argentinean food. Try the empanadas to start and one of the grilled steaks for your main.L-D daily.1001 E. Green St.Pasadena626.683.0550malbeccuisine.com$$
Mama's Brick Oven Pizza & PastaITALIANIf you’re not in the mood for a whole pie of the same flavor, try their New York grab ‘n’ go style slices to sample their selection.L-D daily. 311 S. Rosemead Blvd.Pasadena626.405.9877mammasbrickoven.com$
Marston's RestaurantAMERICANOld-fashioned, home-style cooking makes this breakfast nook addicting.B-L daily.151 E. Walnut St.Pasadena626.796.2459marstonsrestaurant.com$
Mediterranean CafeMEDITERRANEANConsistently fantastic kabob plates keep this place busy.L-D Mon.-Fri.; L Sat.273 Shoppers Ln.Pasadena626.793.8844kokosmediterraneancafe.com$
Mi PiaceITALIANAn Old Pasadena favorite. The desserts and pastries are worth the splurge if you have room.B-L-D daily.25 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.795.3131mipiace.com$$
Noda SushiJAPANESESashimi for one or the specialty love boat for a hungry couple.L-D Mon.-Sat.; D Sun.546 S. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.793.2600$
Nothing Bundt CakesBAKERYNothing but great cakes at this location! Moist cake covered with rich frosting, what could be sweeter?B-L-D Mon.-Sat.548 S. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.792.8200nothingbundtcakes.com$
The Original TopsAMERICANQuality is never scarified for cheap prices at this fast food counter and drive thru. They serve breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. and a mean pastrami burger at lunchtime.B-L-D daily.3838 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.449.4412theoriginaltops.com$
Parkway GrillGLOBALAn innovative menu inspired by Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Try the grilled spring lamb lollipops with crispy goat cheese polenta croquettes and pine nut fig relish in a pomegranate mint syrup.L-D Mon.-Fri.; D Sat.-Sun.510 S. Arroyo Pkwy.Pasadena626.795.1001theparkwaygrill.com$$$
PencilCAFÉThis quaint, family-run sandwich joint has plenty of choices to satisfy your lunchtime craving.L Mon.-Fri.12 Harkness Ave.Pasadena626.793.0072$
The Pie HoleCAFÉWith organic coffee blends and a full, sweet and savory breakfast pie menu available all day long, this is a café you don't want to miss.B-L-D Daily.59 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.774.7499thepieholela.com$
Pie'n BurgerAMERICANJuicy patties, a thick piece of gooey American cheese and creamy thousand island melt together on a warm, crispy bun. Some Pasadena locals are religious about this classic burger joint.B-L-D daily.913 E. California Blvd.Pasadena626.795.1123pienburger.com$$
Plate 38AMERICANAffordable and convenient gourmet food. Weekly jazz bands add flair to this low key setting.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.2361 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.793.7100plate38.com$
Poke Salad BarHAWAIIANThis fun, atmospheric locale is home to the proclaimed “sushi-fusion style”. For an added unique spin, try your dish burrito style!L-D daily.12 W. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.304.3100$
PokeMIXHAWAIIANEnjoy their delicious poke bowls with handcrafted tea and homemade boba drinks! For a spicy finish, try a drizzle of their mango Sriracha sauce on top.L-D daily.99 S. Lake Ave. Ste.102Pasadena626.345.5585flourandtea.com$
Porta Via Italian FoodsITALIAN DELIA casual lunch spot and boutique grocer that sells ready to serve gourmet seafood, poultry and meat by the pound. While you're shopping, pick up one of the artfully made artisan paninis or sandwiches.B-L-D daily.1 W. California Blvd.Pasadena626.793.9000portaviafoods.com$$
Porto Alegre Churrascaria Brazilian SteakhouseBRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSEA mouthwatering experience for meat lovers. Wait at your table as a buffet of juicy, seasoned cuts rolls by. Just request a slice of whatever looks good.L-D daily.260 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.744.0555portoalegre-churrascaria.com$$$
PunchBARHonoring the tradition and inspiration of mixology by over 200 years, Punch specializes in classic cocktails with a modern twist.D Thurs.-Sat.168 W. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.639.8169punchbarla.com$
RaciónSPANISHThe Basque-inspired menu takes the best pintxos (or tapas) found across bars in Northern Spain and gives them a gourmet spin. Try the beer-braised octopus or chorizo with caramelized onions and goat cheese.L-D Tues.-Sat.; D Sun.-Mon.119 W. Green St.Pasadena626.396.3090racionrestaurant.com$$
The RaymondAMERICANThis high-end restaurant is an institution in Pasadena. Chef Tim Guiltinan cooks up fresh and contemporary takes on gourmet American classics. The mixologists at the 1886 bar in the back are famous for pouring some of the best cocktails in the city.D Sun.-Thurs.; L-D Fri.-Sat. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena626.441.3136theraymond.com$$
Real Food DailyVEGANIt's a little pricey for a casual meal, but you get what you pay for. All ingredients are fresh, vegan and organic.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.899 E. Del Mar Blvd.Pasadena626.844.8900realfood.com$$
redwhite+bluezzAMERICANCatch some of the best jazz cats in town at this intimate restaurant and live music venue next to the Playhouse. Well-executed entrees and a strong wine list complement the sophisticated ambience.B-L-D Sun.; D Mon.-Sat.37 S. El Molino Ave.Pasadena626.792.4441redwhitebluezz.com$$$
Robin's Wood Fire BBQBBQSmoke is no joke at this local joint; all meats are prepped for hours on apple and oakwood. The result is fantastically finessed (a.k.a. finger-lickin' good) ribs and steak galore.B-L-D Sun.; L-D Tues.-Sat.395 N. Rosemead Blvd.Pasadena626.351.8885robinsbbq.com$$
Rose Tree CottageTEA HOUSEEnjoy a traditional English-style afternoon tea with fine linens, china and a dainty platter of scones.B-L daily.801 S. Pasadena Ave.Pasadena626.793.3337rosetreecottage.com$$$
Rounds Premium BurgersAMERICANThe juicy patties and crispy, yet doughy brioche rolls have won this burger joint a cult like following. Choose from sauces including pesto mayo, jalapeño ranch or Tabasco ketchup, and add on a premium topping of avocado mash, home-style chili or a fried egg for a buck.L-D daily.46 N. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.304.9810roundsburgers.com$
The Royce Wood-Fired SteakhouseAMERICANThis elegant restaurant in the iconic Langham Hotel features a fine selection of USDA prime cuts, Australian Wagyu and Kobe-style Japanese beef prepared over a wood-fired grill. They've also got seasonal surf to accompany their turf, a nice wine list and a gourmet Sunday brunch.D Tues.-Sat.; B Sun.1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.Pasadena626.585.6410roycela.com$$$
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion CuisineHAWAIIAN FUSIONThis chain restaurant puts a twist on island favorites. The lobster pot stickers are popular.D daily.641 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.356.4066roysrestaurant.com$$$
Russell'sAMERICANThis cozy and bistro-style locale is known for their hearty breakfast fare and delicious burgers. On weekends, come early to avoid the long lines!B-L-D daily.30 N. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena626) 578-1404$$
Ruth's Chris Steak HouseSTEAK HOUSEThis steakhouse chain has filet, petite filet, ribeye, cowboy ribeye, t-bone, New York strip and porterhouse, all masterfully prepared.D daily.369 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.583.8122ruthschris.com$$$$
Saladang SongTHAIDon't expect "regular" Thai fare here. This unique find specializes in obscure appetizers and rice vermicelli noodlesB-L-D daily.383 S. Fair Oaks Ave.Pasadena626.793.5200$$
SecoAMERICANThe restaurant offers sophisticated New American Cuisine featuring savory starters like Shishito poppers stuffed with chorizo, goat cheese, shaved manchego and remoulade, and pork lettuce wraps marinated with onions and adobo sauce for a fierce and fiery finish.L-D daily.140 S. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.449.9900seconewamerican.com$$$
Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican GrillMEXICANTheir fresh fish tacos and healthy-yet-delicious side dishes will have you coming back for more!
L-D daily.841 Cordova St.Pasadena626.568.3500sharkys.com$$
Smitty's GrillAMERICANNostalgic American homecookin' in a romantic setting. The meatloaf and chicken pot pie are delicious as long as you're not set on believing your mom makes it better.L-D Mon.-Fri.; D Sat.-Sun.110 S. Lake Ave.Pasadena626.792.9999smittysgrill.com$$$
Spinfish Poke HouseHAWAIIANTry one of their fresh, signature bowls like the Aloha 808 or design your own dish with creative toppings like coconut flakes or lemon zest.L-D daily.36 W. Colorado Blvd. Ste. 7Pasadena626.585.0988spinfishla.com$
Stoney PointITALIANThe old school charm and pianist have long made this establishment a local favorite. The food is good and the martinis are even better.L-D Tues.-Fri.; D Sat.-Sun.1460 W. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.449.9715stoneypointrestaurant.com$$$
Sushi Kimagure IkeJAPANESEChef Ike San made a controversial decision when he relocated from his popular Hollywood destination. He hasn't had a hard time getting his loyal customers to follow him east. He serves the freshest, melt in your mouth sashimi in its purest form. The uni and octopus are world-class.L-D Tue.-Fri.; D Sat.220 S. Raymond Ave.Pasadena626.535.0880$$$
Tarantino's PizzeriaITALIANTraditional Italian pizzas. Cash only.D Sun.; L-D Mon.-Sat.784 E. Green St.Pasadena626.796.7836tarantinospasadena.com$
TechniqueNEW AMERICANSupport aspiring chefs as they hone their culinary skills in this casual spot that's also a Cordon Bleu training ground.L-D Mon.-Fri.525 E. ColoradoPasadena626.229.1377techniquerestaurant.com$$$
Tender GreensAMERICANThe curators of this mini-chain establishment have taken the salad to a whole new level. We recommend the herb-brushed albacore or backyard marinated steak. The artisanal cheeses make for a fine finishing touch.L-D daily.621 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.405.1511tendergreensfood.com$
The CounterAMERICANIf you’re a picky eater and craving a good burger, stop by to customize a gourmet burger, built to your exact specifications.L-D daily.140 Shoppers Ln.Pasadena626.440.1008thecounterburger.com$$
Tibet Nepal HouseTIBETANA taste of Tibet in Old Pasadena. This restaurant offers one of the only nearby opportunities to try this unique and flavorful cuisine. Yak is a specialty, but there's also vegetarian and vegan options aplenty.L-D daily.36 E. Holly St.Pasadena626.585.0955tibetnepalhouseca.com$$
Umami BurgerAMERICANThese gourmet burgers have high quality ingredients with am equally gourmet taste. You’ll never want a fast food burger again!L-D daily.49 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.799.8626umamiburger.com$$
Urth CaffeCAFEThis Westside favorite has come to the Playhouse district. It's a beautiful location with a big fireplace, plenty of cushy seating and an outdoor area. Come here for a cup of meticulously brewed coffee, a handmade pastry or a healthy bite.B-L-D daily.594 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.844.4644urthcaffe.com$$
Vertical Wine BistroWINE BARFeaturing an eclectic list of over 400 wines, 70 of which are available by the glass, this sophisticated bar is the perfect place to relax and socialize.D Tue.-Sun.70 N. Raymond Ave.Pasadena626.795.3999verticalwinebistro.com$$$
Yahaira's CafeMEXICANA bustling little lunch spot that features authentic Mexican fare in the heart of the Playhouse District.B-L Mon.; B-L-D Tue.-Sun.698 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.844.3254yahairascafe.com$
Yard HouseGASTROPUBA vast beer selection complements the comfort food menu and 24 flat screen televisions that draw sports fans from all over.L-D daily.300 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.577.9273yardhouse.com$
800 Degrees PizzaITALIANCreate-your-own delicious Neopolitan pies with an endless array of unique toppings to customize your dream supreme.L-D daily.2 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena626.993.6455800degreespizza.com$
Clearman's GalleyGASTROPUBEqual parts sports bar, 1950s kitsch and family-style cafeteria, it's an ideal spot to watch the game off the beaten path. Try the red cabbage salad and cheese bread.L-D Mon.-Sun.7215 N. Rosemead Blvd.San Gabriel626.286.3075clearmansrestaurants.com$
Golden DeliVIETNAMESELong waits and impossible parking doesn't deter anyone from packing this place in. It's indisputably one of the most popular places for pho around.B-L-D Thurs.-Mon.815 W. Las Tunas Dr.San Gabriel626.308.0803goldendelirestaurant.com$
Half & Half Tea HouseTEA HOUSEThis teahouse is a hub for socializing as much as boba. It serves up all flavors of milk tea for novices and aficionados alike.L-D daily.120 N. San Gabriel Blvd.San Gabriel626.309.9387; 626.872.0200$
Mon Land Hot Pot CityCHINESEA big pot of perfectly seasoned broth is placed in the middle of the table. Pick your choice of toppings and throw 'em in. Favorites are the barbecue lamb leg and barbecue shrimp stick.B-L-D daily.251 W. Bencamp St.San Gabriel626.289.4889$$
Nature PagodaCHINESEThis place has been specializing in foods with medicinal properties since 1997.L-D daily.312 W. Valley Blvd.San Gabriel626.570.8333$$
Newport SeafoodCHINESEExpect long waits and expect it to be worth it. Their specialty, lobster fresh from the tank battered and dipped in salt and pepper, is a must-try splurge.L-D daily.518 W. Las Tunas Dr.San Gabriel626.289.5998newportseafood.com$$
Shanghai No.1 Seafood VillageCHINESETraditional Shanghaiese specialties served in a glamorous dining room with cushioned red walls and sparkling chandeliers.L-D daily.250 W. Valley Blvd.San Gabriel626.282.1777$$
Colonial Kitchen RestaurantBRITISHA traditional British breakfast and lunch favorite. The sandwiches and omelettes are scrumptious.B-L-D daily.1110 Huntington Dr.San Marino626.289.2449$$
Julienne Fine Foods and CelebrationsAMERICANThis charming restaurant includes a gourmet market selling prepared meals and boutique wines.B-L Mon.-Sat.2649 Mission St.San Marino626.441.2290juliennetogo.com$
Rose Garden Tea RoomTEA HOUSEHigh tea at The Huntington is the perfect way to start or end an afternoon tour of the library and gardens. Reservations required.B-L Sun.; L Mon., Wed.-Sat. 1151 Oxford Rd.San Marino626.683.8131huntington.org$$
San Marino SeafoodSEAFOODA restaurant and market that boasts some of the freshest seafood around.L-D daily.2150 Huntington Dr.San Marino626.943.8862sanmarinoseafood.com$$
YoshidaJAPANESEThis is arguably one of the best sushi restaurants in L.A. If you're a roll or sashimi connoisseur, you're practically required to give it a try.D Sun.; L-D Mon.-Sat.2026 Huntington Dr.San Marino626.281.9292$$$
Lucky Baldwins Delirium CafeGASTROPUBThe pub grub here is tasty, but the real allure is the drink menu. With 46 beers on tap, you're sure to find something to toast to.B-L-D daily.21 Kersting Ct.Sierra Madre626.355.1140luckybaldwins.com$$
The Only Place in TownAMERICANA fantastic brunch spot with original renditions of old favorites such as blueberry stuffed French toast.B-L Sun.; B-L-D Mon.-Sat.110 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.Sierra Madre626.355.3502theonlyplaceintown.com$$
Wistaria Restaurant and BarAMERICANExceptional meat dishes and artisanal cocktails make this an ideal choice for date night.L-D Tue.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.44 N. Baldwin Ave.Sierra Madre626.355.3155wistariarestaurant.com$$
Zugo’s CafeITALIANFresh, seasonal Italian cuisine with Roman roots characterizes this intimate Sierra Madre gem.L-D Tue.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.Sierra Madre626.355.0400zugoscafe.com$$
BarbarellaAMERICANA neighborhood hang. Stop in for happy hour and one of their natural angus, grass-fed patties or grab a late night bite of mussels and frites, burrata or baked brie with caramelized pears.D nightly.2609 Hyperion Ave.Silver Lake323.644.8000barbarellabar.com$$
Black HoggNEW AMERICANPrepare for a gastronomic feast at this tapas style restaurant. We recommend the uni toast, roast bone marrow and octopus chana masala.D Tue.-Sat.2852 Sunset Blvd.Silver Lake323.953.2820blackhogg.com$$
Cafe StellaFRENCHA lively nook tucked into the heart of Sunset Junction. You can easily spend three hours wining and dining with friends here. The garlicy, buttery and creamy French food is indulgent. The mixologists next door make a superb cocktail.D Mon.; B-L-D Tue.-Sun.3932 W. Sunset Blvd.Silver Lake323.666.0265cafestella.com$$$
The Cheese Store of Silver LakeCHEESEThis has become the go to cheese shop for Eastside foodies. The shelves contain a meticulously curated display of artisanal products and wines, cheeses sourced from around the globe and cured meats.L daily.3926 W. Sunset Blvd.Silver Lake323.644.7511cheesestoresl.com$$$
Cliff's EdgeNEW AMERICANThis Sunset Junction gem is a Moroccan-inspired bungalow hidden beneath a canopy of trees. The dishes boast bold flavors like a beef tartar with bone marrow aioli and barbecue octopus with fresh peach and mustard seeds. The carefully crafted and constantly evolving cocktail specials are some of the best in L.A.D Mon.-Sat.; B Sat.-Sun.3626 W. Sunset Blvd.Silver Lake323.666.6116cliffsedgecafe.com$$
GingergrassVIETNAMESEDelicious Vietnamese food in a casual setting. We recommend the crispy fried calamari, special tofu, clay pot curry vegetables with shrimp and wok-tossed noodles with beef. Bring a few friends along to enjoy a family-style meal.L-D daily.2396 Glendale Blvd.Silver Lake323.644.1600gingergrass.com$$
Lamill CoffeeCOFFEEIntelligentsia's rival. This fancy coffee shop pours water at just the right temperature over your choice of grounds, letting the brew slowly drip one drop at a time into your cup.B-L-D daily.1636 Silver Lake Blvd.Silver Lake323.663.4441lamillcoffee.com$$
L&E Oyster BarOYSTER BARIf you're turned off by the consistency and flavor of oysters, this restaurant might change your mind. The daily dozen is a variety of half shells so fresh and subtle you'll hardly know you're eating seafood.D nightly.1637 Silver Lake Blvd.Silver Lake323.660.2255leoysterbar.com$$$
MaloMEXICANChef Robert Luna ties a pretty bow around the savory Mexican dishes born in East L.A.'s best hole in the walls. Dishes like carnitas marinated in orange juice and coke and cactus sautéed in white wine are accompanied by creative tequila and mezcal libations.D nightly.4326 W. Sunset Blvd.Silver Lake323.664.1011malorestaurant.com$$
Pho CafeVIETNAMESEThis Silver Lake secret gives some of the best noodle shops in Garden Grove a run for their cash-only. The vegetarian pho chay combines flavorful vegetable broth with plump, juicy pieces of fried tofu and shitake mushrooms.L-D daily.2841 W. Sunset Blvd.Silver Lake213.413.0888$
SperanzaITALIANAn Italian restaurant that's always coming up in conversation on the Eastside. It's great for a romantic evening, a family dinner or a night out with friends. The whole king crab legs with lemon are a satisfying splurge.D nightly.2547 Hyperion Ave.Silver Lake323.644.1918$$
SqirlNEW AMERICANVisit the brick-and-mortar cafe of this acclaimed preserve company for a wholesome breakfast. The brioche toast paired with sweet and savory toppings like freshly milled nut spread or fried egg and prosciutto make for a luxurious start to the day.B-L daily.720 N. Virgil Ave. Ste. 4Silver Lake323.284.8147squrilla.com$$
1886 Bar at The RaymondBARSituated in a speakeasy style locale, their handcrafted cocktails are made in house, including sryup! Now, that's craft!D Tues.-Sun.1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.South Pasadena626.441.3136theraymond.com$$$
Bistro de la Gare Restaurant & Wine BarFRENCHAn authentic French menu and thorough wine list puts this tasty eatery at the top of the restaurant scene in Pasadena. Reservations highly recommended.D Wed.-Fri.; B-D Sat.-Sun.921 Meridian Ave.South Pasadena626.799.8828bistrodelagare.com$$$
BrigantiITALIANComfortable seating and a wide selection of dinner specials make for a delightful experience at this local favorite.L-D Mon.-Fri.; D Sat.-Sun.1423 Mission St.South Pasadena626.441.4663brigantisouthpas.com$$
Carmine'sITALIANThe friendly staff at this traditional Italian restaurant gives you a warm welcome to the neighborhood.D nightly.424 Fair Oaks Ave.South Pasadena626.799.2266carminesrestaurantandbar.com$$
CrossingsAMERICANCrossings offers a classic American dinner menu seven nights a week, a variety of cocktails, craft beers and wine. Try the Colorado Lamb Chops for a mouthwatering meal that will leave you wanting more.D nightly; B Sun.1010 Mission St.South Pasadena626.799.7001crossings-restaurant.com$$$
Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda FountainAMERICANThis 1915 landmark whips up hand-dipped malts, egg creams and burgers.L-D daily.1526 Mission St.South Pasadena626.799.1414fairoakspharmacy.net$
Fiore Market CafeCALIFORNIANA neighborhood favorite offering fresh and locally grown food. This retreat is a good choice if you're looking to catch up with a friend over a leisurely meal.L-D Mon.-Sat.1000 Fremont Ave.South Pasadena626.441.2280fioremarketcafe.com$$
Gus's BBQBBQFeatures Southern classics like Memphis-style baby back ribs and beer braised Texas brisket. Happy hour is Mon.-Fri. from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.808 Fair Oaks Ave.South Pasadena626.799.3251gussbbq.com$$
Heirloom BakeryCAFÉThis quaint café specializes in gourmet sandwiches and baked goods. The ideal locale for breakfast or lunch.B-L daily.807 Meridian Ave.South Pasadena626.441.0042$
Mike & Anne's Restaurant and BarAMERICANVegetarian basil risotto, seared scallops and ricotta stuffed with zucchini blossoms offer delicious alternatives to conventional dining.B-L-D Sun.; B-L-D Tue.-Sat.1040 Mission St. Ste. 102South Pasadena626.799.7199mikeandannes.com$$
Mix n’ MunchAMERICANTake comfort food to the next level with mixing and matching your favorite childhood favorites like grilled cheese, tater tots, cereal and more!B-L-D daily.1005 Mission St.South Pasadena626.441.8808mixnmunch.com$
Nicole's Market & CafeFRENCHThis boutique grocer is filled with delicacies and quick bites from France and around the world.B-L-D Sun.; B-L-D Tue.-Sat.921 Meridian Ave. Unit B.South Pasadena626.403.5751nicolesgourmetfoods.com$$
Papa Don’s DeliITALIANThis family-run deli is known for their soups, sandwiches and salads, all made with loving care.B-L Mon.-Sat.303 Pasadena Ave.South Pasadena626.799.8397papadonsdeli.com$
ShiroASIAN FUSIONA modern eatery with tastes of China, Japan and beyond. Begin with the crispy spring roll filled with fresh lobster, scallops and sea bass. Then, try the sizzling catfish stuffed with ginger, sprinkled with cilantro and served with a ponzu sauce.D Wed.-Sun.1505 Mission St.South Pasadena626.799.4774restaurantshiro.com$$$
Tomato Pie Pizza JointITALIANThis New York-inspired pizzeria will save you a trip back east for a slice of authentic-tasting pie.L-D daily.1130 Mission S.South Pasadena626.399.0459tomatopiepizzajoint.com$
True Food KitchenAMERICANThis vegan and vegetarian friendly eatery, offers an ample selection of health focused cuisine.L-D Mon.-Fri.; B-L-D Sat.-Sun.168 W. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91105
Pasadena626.639.6818truefoodkitchen.com$$
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