With so much to try and taste in Old Pasadena and the surrounding area, it can be easy to overlook other parts of the city. But a recent glance through Westways magazine reminded me that greater Pasadena is filled with foodie delights all over, including South Pasadena. Such as Nicole’s Market & Café, a trip to France just on the other side of town.
Although news to me, Nicole’s is a family run establishment that has been part of town in one way or another since 1989.
According to Westways, In it’s current incarnation, Nicole’s can be found, “In a historic building near a Gold Line stop in South Pas, French-born Nicole Grandjean offers rare cheeses, crusty baguettes, and flavorful pates and terrines.”
And furthermore, the magazine recommends the croque monsieur as the best ham and cheese sandwich in town.
Open during typical café hours every day of the week except for Tuesday, Nicole’s offers a takeout menu of hot and cold sandwiches with a decidedly French and Mediterranean bent, including a pan bagnat (tuna sandwich) and melted cheese sandwiches that sound truly decadent.
In addition to sandwiches, Nicole’s also has a wide array of breads, pastries, cheeses, charcuterie items that can be found in the accompanying shop and also ordered for parties. If you want to share the joy of Nicole’s with friends and family outside of L.A, Nicole’s partners with online purveyors so that everyone can enjoy gourmet goodies.
921 Meridian Ave. Unit B
South Pasadena, CA 91030