LA Weekly tends to be a leading authority when it comes to what’s good to eat in Los Angeles. After all, before he headed to the LA Times, Jonathan Gold was the top dog reviewer at the publication. Gold may have moved on, but the restaurant reviews at LA Weekly remain some of the most important opinions in the city. I recently discovered a list of the magazine’s favorite places to eat in Pasadena. Many of the places that have been featured on AroundTownPasadena.com in the past made the cut. Like the offerings around town, the list runs the gamut from casual to fine dining and ethnic cuisine to traditional.
El Metate got the mention for the best Mexican in town. Although there are a lot of Mexican restaurants, from modern to hole-in-the-wall, El Metate is a good bet because of the enormous menu, filled with everything from appetizers to seafood that mimics the size of the serving plates, which are probably the size of platters.
Roma Market has been a long time favorite with locals and the delicious sandwiches are quickly making it a trendy place to try. Along with the salads and pastas and imported goodies, the freshly made sandwiches are perfect for picking up on the way to a picnic or when you just don’t feel like cooking.
Lincoln has been racking up raves since the Little Candy Co owner opened up the new spot. The menu is more extensive than the typical bakery and filled with twists and turns as well as baked goods, breakfasts, lunches and sweet treats.
Pie ‘n Burger is one of a few remaining diners. Unlike some others, Pie ‘n Burger really has stood the test of time, thanks to doing classics, like pie and burgers, right.
On the trendier side, Union in Old Pasadena continues to be one of the hardest-to-get reservations in town. The emphasis on seasonal cooking with local ingredients in traditional Italian styles has made it a standout. Chef Bruce Kalman has drawn good reviews from all over Los Angeles and helped to further secure Pasadena as dining destination.
photo courtesy of Union Restaurant Pasadena CA
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