I had a friend ask for some restaurant reservations in the Pasadena area and that got me thinkin'. That would be a good topic to blog about! I'm always looking for restaurant recommendations. So, I'll give restaurant recommendations for areas of town that I am familiar with. First stop, Pasadena, CA! Home of the Tournament of Roses!
Pasadena Restaurant Recommendations
The Raymond - It's a little on the pricey side, but it's a small house that was converted to a restaurant. The food is very good and it has a really cozy, romantic feel to it. I've been there 2 or 3 times for special occasions. You can expect to spend $50+ on dinner easily (not including alcohol). I'd recommend making reservations. The service here has always been excellent.
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles - I'll preface this one by saying, I love fried chicken. I don't really care for waffles usually, but I love the waffles at Roscoe's. They have the small squares (as opposed to the Belgian variety) and they add some spices (cinnamin and something else) into their batter that make them irresistable!! Roscoe's makes the best fried chicken in L.A. in my opinion. It's excellent. It's nothing to look at on the inside, just basic tables, but it's tasty in a sweet and savory way. And I always laugh when I drive up because it's right next to a KFC! You'll probably spend about $20-25 for the two of you.
Robin's Woodfire BBQ - Good BBQ! It's has that peanut shells on the floor type decor with old license plates tacked to the wall, but it's tasty! The BBQ is good and they have two types of cole slaw - creamy and blue cheese-walnut. I love the blue cheese one. You could get the garbage can combo for $28 and split it easily. It's really enough food for three people. Their drinks are strong too! Always a plus! :-)
La Fornaretta - I've only been here once, but the time I went, the food was really good. It's Italian and I can't remember how much everything was. I'm guessing you'll spend $30 or so for two people.
As I explore more places in Pasadena, I will revise this list as necessary. For now, these are the recommendations!