Pasadena is one of Los Angeles County’s oldest cities, originally incorporated in 1886. Since then, it has gained something of a reputation as a cultural epicenter and more recently has definitely come into being as a foodie destination. With that long history in mind, here’s a look at some of the oldest restaurants and bars in the city.
Mijares Mexican Restaurant
Mijares Mexican Restaurant has been around since 1920 and is currently owned by the third generation. Still crowded every night and especially on weekends, locals and transplants have become huge fans of the family recipes that date back to Jesucita Mijares’ original concept. Favorites include tortilla soup, tamales, and of course the enchiladas and burritos. Long time customers have made a habit of happy hour and the generous brunch as well.
Domenico’s is another long time Pasadena establishment, currently owned and operated by the third generation of the original family. Since 1960, Domenico’s has been serving favorite Italian dishes including pastas, pizzas and calzones and of course the much revered dressing on the antipasto salad.
You may not know it from the name, but the 35er Bar in the heart of Old Town has been family owned and operated since 1963, making it the oldest bar in Pasadena. Consistently voted a favorite dive bar, the 35er is the perfect place for a casual snack and beer and music and dancing on the weekends. And of course, there are sports on the big screens and foosball to go with the popcorn.
Pie ‘N Burger
Since 1963, Pie ‘n Burger has maintained its presence in the community. The location, Formica counters, swivel stools and much of the menu has remained unchanged through the years—and even one of the longtime waitresses has been there since the very beginning. The current owner has been a fan of the place since childhood and maintains the perennial favorite—although he has made a few additions to the menu to bring it into the modern age. Enjoy classic diner fare for breakfast lunch or dinner—and dessert!
Have we left out one of your favorite oldies? Let us know! Two old time restaurants are closed — Ernie Jr. Taco that moved first to Eagle Rock before its demise, and Hutch’s Barbeque on Walnut. The building is there with a for sale sign on the property.