Pasadena has long been revered by Foodies as a restaurant paradise. Everything from designer burgers, to down-home burgers, and world-class ramen to steakhouses. They’re all here.
Now they’re also part of LA Dine Week, with a host of local deals. Nearly two dozen of Pasadena’s best eateries are on the Dine Week menu. Let’s have a little nibble, shall we?
Since there are so many in Pasadena, we’ll just try to give you a representative sample.
Furthest away geographically, but just down the street, is 1810 Argentinian Restaurant. They’re offering a $20 three-course lunch menu, which features Kabocha Soup, among other opening choices, three entrees, including blackened Ahi Tuna, and all feature a chocolate pot de créme, with whipped cream and roasted almonds.
Their $29 dinner offer ups the ante to include a burrata Caprese and garlic shrimp as first course offerings, with steak Cabernet and a pork porterhouse among the choices.
1810 is at 121 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. 626.795.5658.
The Beer and Claw is offering a $25 Lunch Tasting Special with four choices of appetizers, including an atomic shrimp cocktail, four choices of entrees including Braised Wagyu Beef Stew, or a Po’ Boy.
Their $59 Dinner Tasting Menu features a starter refresher, like a spicy Cajun margarita, and with starters like crispy crab wontons.
There are five entree choices, from a Cajun seafood platter to crawfish fettuccine, and the menu also comes with a choice of desserts, like Bananas foster cheesecake.
The Beer and Claw is 61 Fair Oaks Avenue, #130, Pasadena. (626) 460-8511.
Gyu-Kaku has a $20 lunch menu featuring a host of good things for the grill. Start with a set of rice, soup, fried pork gyoza dumplings, and half Gyu-Kaku salad. There are three set of items to be grilled including a New York strip steak set, a Harami Skirt Steak set, and a Bistro hanger steak set, which includes ribeye steak and Toro beef.
It’s a lot of grilling. Let’s leave it at that, shall we?
Their $29 dinner menu features four columns of food items from which you pick any three of five items in each column. The choices are dizzying, ranging from premium sirloin to Kobe style steak and a filet Mignon with accompaniments, and that’s just three of the four columns.
Four columns, five in each? And dessert? We’ll be here all day describing them to you. And you’ll be famished. You need to make choices in your life. Start with Gyu-Kaku.
Gyu-Kaku is at 70 West Green Street, Pasadena. (626) 405.4852.
The venerable Ruth’s Chris Steak House is offering a $59 Dine LA Week dinner special, with a choice of soup or salad starters. Then choose from a filet or petite ribeye, or wild Ora King Salmon. Three sides—fingerling potatoes, creamed spinach, and southwestern Mac and cheese— are available to choose from.
There is also a $10 upgrade to a 16 oz. ribeye or New York Strip Steak, with a choice of starter, side dish and dessert. You can pair a choice of featured wines for $21, if you’re so inclined.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is at 369 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. (626) 583-8122.
For those channeling their inner vegan, Sage Plant Based Bistro has a $25 lunch special which features a choice of selected beers and wines, and a choice of three appetizers, including Veggie Tempura Sunflower Sprout. The entrees feature a fried green tomato sandwich, for example, with extras like cauliflower hot wings.
Sage’s $29 Dinner Dine Week special adds a wider range of soups, more choices of appetizers, and an entree including the tomato sandwich, kimchi fried rice, potato enchiladas, or butternut squash ravioli. There is also the optional cauliflower wings or a mini brownie sundae.
Sage Plant Based Bistro is at 41 Hugus Alley in One Colorado, Pasadena. (626) 564-8111.
From Argentinian to Japanese to Cajun, vegan and beyond, this year’s Dine Week has a serious lot to like. Best of all, you never have to venture anywhere out of Pasadena. There are about two dozen specialized restaurants in Pasadena rocking DineLA Week, which runs through January 31, and you are the only missing item from their menus. Respond accordingly.
And Cheeseburger Week is right around the corner. Lucky you.
For more information on dineLA Restaurant Week, visit www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela.