Through October 28: Twenty of Pasadena’s Best Eateries Offer Extraordinary Lunch and Dinner Specials for DINE LA

The two-week culinary festival offers you the chance to sample delicious specials at low prices
By CYNTHIA YANG, Weekendr Staff Writer
Published on Oct 14, 2022

Just like that, you wake up in the morning, and you check your calendar, and it’s the start of DINE LA Week. Restaurants all over Greater Los Angeles are featuring greater specials (see what we did there?) with lunches as low as $15, to go along with $35 dinners, beginning Friday, October 14, and continuing through October 28.

You can see the Pasadena list right here.

There are about 20 participating restaurants all over Pasadena, ranging from New American to Asian to Italian to Argentinian. Pasadena Now reporters will fan out across the City to report on as many as we can eat, over the next two weeks, but here are a couple of eateries we like, among so many great ones to keep an eye on.  

Motto Tea Cafe’s $15 lunch special features its signature souffle pancakes—cheese mousse, Nutellamisu, creme bruleé, taro, pork sung, mochi & Kinako, Mango and Okonami Naki—along with a choice of Fruit Medley Tea, Mango in Kyoto puree, momo peach milk tea, or non-caffeinated cocomelon. 

Bone Kettle specializes in its own bone broth, and offers flavorful Indonesian-style food with a fine dining edge. You can even eat the flowers many dishes are served with.

“Bone broth is a staple in cuisines around the world, so it is very exciting to see it being embraced by popular culture,” says Chef Erwin Tjahyadi.

This year, as in previous years, Bone Kettle is offering a $55 Dine LA special, with a wide range of choices within a special four-course dinner menu. Full disclosure: we were there last year, and should this year’s special menu equal previous menus, you may have a new favorite restaurant.

Or you could discover a few new favorite eateries. Love tacos? They’re here. Grilled Argentinian beef? Yes. Maybe breakfast? Natch.

The point here is that DINELA Week is your chance to catch up on restaurants you’ve only read about, or that you couldn’t visit during pandemica, and you can do both at an affordable price in an unaffordable world.

Watch for Pasadena Now’s continuing coverage beginning Tuesday, to help you discover your next new favorite restaurant.

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