Despite your best intentions, you’ve probably found yourself dining at a tourist trap at least once in your life. But Pasadena has the unique honor of being a food destination and a food-centric city, so even if you try out the trendy new spot in town, it’s likely to become a favorite. And the same goes for old standbys and neighborhood spots—sure, they may be crowded with out of towners, but they’re probably also filled with locals grabbing a favorite bite. Check out some of the places around town Pasadena that have been labeled “worth a drive” or a must try and see how many are already on your radar:
Rathskeller has been noted as being the best secret underground bar in town. It’s next to Der Wolfskopf, which is also pretty cool. http://www.derwolfskopf.com
Carmela may not have gothic or unicorn colored ice cream, but it does have wacky flavors and excellent recipes for ice cream. http://carmelaicecream.com
Pie N Burger is a rare classic that locals have been enjoying for years. Somehow the secret about how well pies and burgers go together got out and now it’s a tourist hotspot too. http://pienburger.com
Happy Hour at Edwin Mills is better than your average bar. It’s in the heart of Old Pasadena, making it a good stop after seeing the sights, resting after a day of shopping or just a good excuse for not heading straight home after work. http://edwinmills.com
Union opened a few years back and has since earned rave reviews from critics like Jonathan Gold and even found fans with famous food legends like Jacques Pepin. Just make a reservation well in advance for the hotspot shows no signs of slowing down. http://unionpasadena.com
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