A New York Times writer recently visited Pasadena and provided readers with a 36-hour of things to do and see around town as part of the Travel sections “36 Hours in___” feature. Amidst our cultural epicenters including the Pasadena Playhouse and Norton Simon Museum and historic architecture ranging from City Hall to craftsman style homes that double as art galleries, the writer found time to indulge another famous feature of our city: food. Check out the places that are considered must try’s for out-of-towners, many of which are probably some of your favorite spots too:
Le Muse Coffee & Wine Bar recently opened up not far from the Pasadena Playhouse and has already drawn quite a following on Yelp! A cozy courtyard makes a perfect spot to have a moment to enjoy a snack like a croissant or sandwich, with your choice of coffee or wine.
Pie ’n Burger has been around for decades and is pretty much everyone’s favorite spot to experience diner food.
Union is a modern Italian restaurant that opened in Old Pasadena and has been earning high praise from critics and locals ever since, thanks to fluffy pasta and dishes not typically found on Italian-American menus.
Copenhagen Pastry is a charming spot to discover new pastries and favorite cookies.
Seed Bakery puts a lot of care and pride into its doughy offerings, which range from breads and pastries to sandwiches.
La Caravana on North Lake is a casual Salvadorean spot with delicious pupusas and other stuffed and fried delicacies.
Bulgarini Gelato Artigianale is on the outer limits of Pasadena (technically in Altadena), but is often considered one of the city’s best hidden gems and a great way to cool off on a hot day.
Rancho Bar is another Altadena spot, which takes great pride in maintaining its classic dive bar ambience.
Everson Royce is a perfect spot to try a new wine or stop in for a bottle on your way home or to a party.
Zankou Chicken is a Los Angeles legend, thanks to its roasted chicken and famous garlic sauce accompaniment.
Green Zone combines Asian dishes with organic goodness.
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is part of an international chain serving custom hot pots.
Sushi Ichi on Arroyo Parkway is tucked into a strip mall like many of L.A.’s sushi spots. Unlike some others, the prices for omakase won’t break the bank.
Sushi Kimagure, not far from Central Park, is one of the best-known sushi bars in the city, with Chef Kimagure being lauded as one of L.A.’s best sushi chefs.
The Pie Hole has a Pasadena location in the same food court as Coolhaus and Pressed Juicery in Old Pasadena and single-serve sweet and savory flavors.
Read the full feature on the New York Times website for a visitor’s look at Pasadena and possibly find some new favorite things or rediscover old stomping grounds.
photo courtesy of New York Times.
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