For all my adventurous eating, some things I don’t like messed with. Including breakfast and lunch. Apparently the new owners of the newly opened Sangers & Joe on Holly Street in Old Pasadena feel similarly. Scott Kay and Dario Dell’Anno (both of Wood & Vine) have created the breakfast and lunch spot to fill a need in the area’s lack of daily diners—and fill happy bellies too.
The menu is globally inspired but doesn’t go so far off track that diners will be confused by the offerings. The spacious eatery is brightly lit and decorated in a modern manner that reflects the simple but delicious sounding menu that includes breakfast basics and a variety of sandwiches.
It seems to be a family affair, with Dario’s brother acting as a consulting chef and bringing his European knowledge into the kitchen. Basically, nothing on the menu is meant to surprise, but everything is a little more refined than you might expect at an old-school modern diner. Breakfast staples like lox & bagel, steak & eggs and the recently trendy standby of avocado toast all make appearances on the menu, and there are likely some specials in store as well, such as fried chicken & waffles.
I’m constantly on the lookout for the perfect Panini filled with veggies and Sangers & Joe will be the next one that I try.
Lest you be wondering about the name, that has an international story behind it, to match the menu. “Sangers” turns out to be Australian slang term for sandwich, while “joe” is the more recognizable slang for coffee. The sandwiches are all made in-house, the coffee hails from La Mill and the pastries available are from Cake Monkey.
Although it’s breakfast and lunch for now, Eater says there are plans in the works for dinner, including offering pop-ups from local chefs.
It may be more casual for brunch than your typical all-you-can-drink-mimosa place, but local craft beers and wine are available, so you can wash your meal down with an adult beverage, should you so desire.