A bouquet of eateries to represent the City of Roses.
The City of Pasadena has a bit of a reputation for being one of the “safest” dining neighborhoods in the Greater Los Angeles area, but the proliferation of upscale chain restaurants on Colorado Blvd., poké shops, and office-lunch options belie the city’s gustatory breadth.
With the San Gabriel Valley’s embarrassment of riches in East-Asian cuisine, some influence has filtered in from Arcadia, Rosemead, and Monterey Park. South Pasadena also has deeper roots, housing LA’s oldest barbecue restaurant, and Old Pasadena’s renovated historic architecture houses cutting-edge storefronts for well-known brands like Starbucks and Jamba Juice.
The interplay between these factors lead to some intriguing dining options in the City of Roses. Though many Angelenos might experience the former resort city’s picturesque native oaks during the Tournament of Roses or admire its suburban charm on the way to an event at the Rose Bowl, there are people lucky enough to call this city home — made even more fortunate by the fact that if they want great food, they don’t really have to travel too far. Without further ado, here are the Essential Pasadena Restaurants.
“The 15 Essential Pasadena Restaurants, Winter 2017.” Eater LA – All. http://la.eater.com/maps/best-pasadena-restaurants-los-angeles-map.