For many of us during the lockdown, food took on even more significance than normal. Grocery shopping was suddenly a big event. Something to look forward to, to relieve the monotony. Going out for supplies took additional planning…and space as we were suddenly responsible for making three meals a day, requiring most of us to keep considerably more food on hand than usual. There were positives in all this—for instance, I, like countless other neophytes, can now bake bread (sort of)…and make pickles. Of course, we are social beings and need more than the comfort of warm bread.
Fortunately, at least regarding the tedium of our own cooking, some relief was available. Pasadena didn’t suddenly abdicate its status as a true restaurant town just because social distancing made in-person dining impossible. On the contrary, the Pasadena restaurant community stepped up in a big way with retooled procedures and often modified menus and hours that made it possible to continue serving the community on a to-go basis. As part of our conversations with local residents about what they loved and missed most about Pasadena while sheltering at home, dining out with friends and family was part of nearly every conversation. Naturally, we were curious where everyone was getting their take-out. It turns out, just about everywhere.
Our Readers Share Where They Are Ordering Take-Out in Pasadena
“Daddy’s Chicken Shack with curbside [pickup] was a revelation!”
“Pizza! Pizza! Pizza! Pasadena has so many GOOD options! Whatever pizza I dream about that day, whether it’s a nice thin crust from Tarantino’s or the all-around goodness from The Pan, both are less than a mile away from me. Dreams do come true in Pasadena!”
“I miss Conrad’s. Best fries and service!”
“Too many to count; burritos at Vero’s Restaurant on Lincoln and Tibetan food from Nepal House.”
“During the lockdown, probably my favorite take-out has been Daisy Mint. I have eaten there before, but my family never has. Now it is one of their favorite Thai restaurants in Pasadena.”
“A round of applause for All India Cafe on Fair Oaks. Their vegetarian thali brightened my Friday nights with its deliciousness. Plus, I got a break from cooking.”
“Love Mijares—the garbage burrito is comfort food at its best. Even more comforting when you pair it with a margarita.”
“My favorite curbside pickup was Maestro and Urth Caffé. Maestro has amazing Mexican gourmet food and the best margaritas around.”
“Our favorite meal during lockdown has been Cameron’s Seafood. We know we can always get a healthy, high-quality, and delicious meal at Cameron’s. From basics like fish tacos, kid-friendly plates like chicken tenders, and my personal favorite the Greek salad with blackened salmon, they never disappoint!”