First things first: The '50/50' in Slater's 50/50 stands for their signature burger whose patty is 50% ground beef, 50% ground bacon (with bacon strips on top, natch). If that's not intriguing, con... read more
The guy behind The Surly Goat in WeHo brings us The Blind Donkey, a Pasadena haven for ancient whiskeys, rare beers, chess boards, and indulgent bar food like the triple-fried fries. With soaring c... read more
Down a sneaky side entrance, find this permanent pop-up (ignore, for the moment, the dissonance in that term) burger bar attached to the Haven Gastropub + Brewery. Just a few tables and banquettes-... read more
This sleek, small Spanish tapas restaurant with Teresa Montano (Border Grill & Tender Greens) behind the helm is bringing some interesting flavors to Pasadena. Hardwood tables and soft gray cha... read more
This Pasadena gastropub aims to keep things interesting with a bold menu that runs the gamut from goose pastrami sandwiches to whole roasted suckling pig. The chic industrialized space features e... read more
South Pasadena's a small, close-knit community. Perhaps the owners of Mix n' Munch have been assured of their neighbors' patronage? The combination of cereal and grilled cheese doesn't seem intuiti... read more
Old Town Pasadena isn't the hippest spot in L.A. County, but it might be the busiest. Definitely the most line-ridden (especially the entire block surrounding the Cheesecake Factory). Plate 38 is s... read more
The Langham Hotel in Pasadena is a pretty rarefied world: all expensive elegance everywhere you turn. The Chuan spa, hidden deep within, is even more exclusive and rather exotic. Specializes in spa... read more
Meant to look European, but channeling more of a New York vibe. High ceilings and simple chairs punctuated with crazy-huge chandeliers. The real focus here is the selection of Belgian beers. A few ... read more
Upscale but with exposed brick walls. Is Pasadena catching on to hipness? Eclectic menu has a taste of everything for plates small and large. Raw or grilled oysters, lobster ravioli, Jidori chicken... read more
A variety of hot dogs and sausages in this low-key space right down the street from Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles ... pretty sure that makes this some kind of food alley. The offered dogs aren't p... read more
Pasadena isn't know for its party scene or its bars. Not at all. Which is why residents cling so passionately to the few that they have. A few miles southwest and this bar might get called out for ... read more
L.A. likes its Korean food big, meaty and barbecued, but Pasadena's taking a more delicate approach. No grills on the table here, that all happens backstage. Front and center here are the shiny woo... read more
Once a hookah bar, now Asian plates. There's a change for you. Fabu decor, bistro tables, brick walls, huge paintings and crystal chandeliers. Greatest Asian hits underneath all that: kung pao, pad... read more
Gus’s neon sign was always famous; closed and reopened, now maybe famous for food. Start with drinks, end with red velvet cake. In between, it’s meat. Memphis, St. Louis, Texas, Carolina style. Or ... read more
This enormous hotel (almost 400 rooms, suites and cottages on 23 acres) has never not been expensive and exclusive. They've got a TV chef now (Michael Voltaggio); the one nod to populism? The groun... read more
Cuter than the gap between Dakota Fanning's two front teeth, this boutique cupcake shop on the edge of Old Town Pasadena will tickle your sweet tooth and then hug it just for good measure. Made fre... read more
Local Shanghai-style dumpling shop gets the raves from business lunchers, weekend brunchers, and those who just like to linger over dinner. Steamed pork dumplings are the thing to get, but don't ne... read more
The Italian regions are represented. North, south, soup, spaghetti. Check the panzanella (bread and vegetables in sweet, tart balsamic). Service and ambience high end, semi-formal, just like curren... read more
Swanky London-bred Cantonese classes up the Hills of Beverly. Glamo...
In an opulent 1927 Moorish revival building, the new Palihouse Sant...
How do you say "sexified, neck-craning hot spot" in Mandarin? Becau...
Chef Jeff Mahin's Hollywood pizza joint has some fan favorite pies ...