Given Pasadena’s predilection for fine dining, it’s easy to overlook some of the more casual spots. Here are more of Pasadena’s favorite lunch spots, which are a little more special than your average grab and go:
Green Street Restaurant has been a Pasadena favorite since 1979. The restaurant is amazingly flexible as it can serve everyone from families to business lunches. The extensive menu is reminiscent of classic diner fare, with burgers and pies and soup and salad combos, but at second glance is filled with some gourmet twists too—like the A.L.T. sandwich or BBQ Duck Quesadilla.
Green Street Restaurant, 146 South Shoppers Lane Pasadena, CA 91101, (626) 577-7170 greenstreetrestaurant.com
Russell’s Burgers is like an old-school diner, but so much more. In addition to the delicious burgers, Russell’s also offers triple-decker sandwiches and other diner classics, but in a much more relaxing atmosphere. The place has been around for almost 20 years and has become a lunch favorite with everyone from construction workers to “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena.” It’s also a great spot for people who wish they could have breakfast all day, because Russell’s serves breakfast all day. And there’s no need to be afraid of ordering wine here, because the menu includes a detailed description of each offering. The big surprise comes from the extensive cocktail menu, if you want something special to accompany your hot wings.
Russell’s Burgers, 30 N Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena, CA 91103, (626) 578-140
Marston’s Restaurant is always packed on the weekends for breakfast and brunch, and is marginally less so during the week for lunch. That is to say, no giant crowd of people seems to take up the sidewalk outside of the establishment during the week. According to the website, the most popular lunch item is the California Orange Salad, but there are plenty of other options as well, ranging from the healthy to the hearty (Spa Sandwich versus Chili Burger).
Marston’s Restaurant 151 East Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 796-2459 http://www.marstonsrestaurant.com/
Vince’s Deli is the place to head if you’re craving a sandwich. The no frills eatery is a favorite with Yelpers and the Avocado Lovers section of the menu is an especially big hit. Whether you want a BLT or basic turkey or something a little heartier like a meatball sub, you’ll probably find it somewhere on the large sandwich menu.
Vince’s Deli, 111 W California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91105, (626) 792-7149 http://dineries.com/ca/pasadena/vincesdeli/111wcaliforniablvd
Ginger Corner Market is a family-run restaurant and shop that has only been around for a little over a year, but is quickly gaining a loyal following in the space that used to be Eddie’s Market. Stop in to grab some treats and then head for the nearby park for an impromptu picnic. Or browse the market for everything from sweets to children’s toys. We discovered Ginger a few months ago and wrote about it then. Click here to see our original post.
Ginger Corner Market 217 S Michigan Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106, (626) 795-2447 >http://gingercornermarket.com/ (web site under construction at post time>)