Restaurants

Top Choice Chinese in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Din Tai Fung

It's a testament to the SGV's ethnic Chinese community that Taiwan's most esteemed dumpling house opened its first US outpost here. The menu of dumplings, greens, noodles, desserts, teas and smoothies is as long as …
Top Choice Italian in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Union

A cheerful, sophisticated energy animates James Beard–nominated chef Bruce Kalman's restaurant, offering California interpretations of northern Italian cuisine. The menu changes daily, but standards include pork mea…
Spanish in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Ración

A foodie favorite, this minimalist, Basque-inspired spot offers tapas such as conservas (pâte), chicken croquettes and seared prawns in salsa verde. It house cures yellowfin tuna in anchovy vinaigrette, and offers l…
Dim Sum in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

NBC Seafood

Behind the rotunda facade, this SGV dim-sum institution seats 388 at a time. At peak hours (roughly 10am to 1pm on weekends) all seats are full, with a line out the door. Shrimp har gao, pan-fried leek dumplings and…
Food Hall in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Westfield Santa Anita

Upstairs in this megamall is a spiffy new East Asian food hall. Among the selections are Side Chick (Hainan chicken and rice with habit-forming ginger-garlic sauce) by the folks behind trendy Eggslut, EMC (raw bar a…
Bakery in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

85°C Bakery & Cafe

If Pasadena is the San Gabriel Valley's East-meets-West melting pot, then this outpost of a Taiwanese bakery chain may be the oven that heats it. It churns out western-style brioche, breads and filled buns, plus doz…
Italian in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Mi Piace

An anchor of Old Town, with plenty of windows to watch street life on busy Colorado Blvd, this artsy trattoria gets packed with a business crowd on weekdays and shoppers on weekends. From the diverse menu of pastas,…
Californian in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

La Grande Orange

Pasadena's original train station (circa 1911) has been handsomely renovated into this cheery, popular dining room beneath lovingly aged wooden beams. The kitchen in the former ticket booth serves a menu of New Amer…
Diner in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Marston’s

Multiple magazines have named Marston's as having the best breakfast in LA and California, likely for its 'famous French toast' (sourdough with cornflakes crust – the half-order was plenty for us), a bevy of Benedic…
Cafe in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Little Flower

An adorable, locally loved cafe set just a mile over the Colorado Bridge from Old Pasadena. There's a diverse menu, from the Goddess Salad, to banh mi sandwiches with chicken, roast beef or tempeh, and bowls stuffed…