apologies to Altadena Hiker
Recently back from "the Bay Area" (the vaguest geographical term in all of California) where you couldn't make a left turn without tripping across a free range cow or a sustainable cup of coffee, which, happily, translated into delectable meals all around. The Il Fornaio in a hotel in San Jose is bliss--the one in Pasadena: corporate.
Why not So Cal? Why not? Is it the car fumes? The haze? This, I had to ponder.
Then I realized, there are some great spots with wonderful, reasonably priced food.
My recommendations to you--
The York, in Highland Park. Truly delicious food (perhaps not the most comfortable venue). I had a spectacular bouillabaisse for $15. Sublime.
Happy hour at Ruth's Chris. An amazing filet steak sandwich, with perfectly crisp fries for $7.
Cacao Mexicatessan, Eagle Rock again, great stuff, the owner studied under the master, Rick Bayless.
Daisy Mint in Pasadena. Just fun.
I was going to recommend Palate Food and Wine, but, dammit, they've closed.
I guess I'm not quite sure now, where I'll be going, when I feel flush.
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