Old Pasadena seems to draw the bulk of the restaurants and bars in town, but other areas in the city are also worth exploring. Like the South Lake Avenue area. The opening of Magnolia House has drawn a lot of attention to the area, enough that restaurants and bars in the district recently participated in their own food fest, Taste of South Lake Pasadena. Taste may be over, but the restaurants and bars are still worth checking out.
Although South Lake has a reputation for being on the luxe side, with premium shops and boutiques, not to mention deliciously swanky restaurants like Bistro 45 and Celestino’s, there are also plenty of casual places to discover too.
L.A. coffee shop institution Du Par’s recently opened up, so you can grab a slice of pie to refuel during your shopping trip. Or start out the day with some pancakes.
For a power lunch, try Green Street Restaurant, located right in the center of everything and with plenty of outdoor seating to make your east coast friends jealous this time of year.
And for something trendy, check out the neighborhood’s location of The Counter, which serves up burgers any way you like them.
And top everything off at Float, a modern day soda fountain.
In fact, there are so many eateries in the area that you can find them all in one convenient website at http://www.southlakeavenue.org , which also lists important info like deals, specials and happy hours.
So whether you want a quick bite at a local chain, something hearty from an old standby or a sweet snack, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for in the South Lake Avenue district.