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Crack Shack Pushes the Fried Chicken Envelope in Pasadena

Opening next week on Green Street

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Pasadena is the newest recipient of Crack Shack, the San Diego-based fried chicken mini-chain that’s been growing all around greater Los Angeles of late. From their Orange County location to the big anchor spot at the Westfield Century City mall, the Richard Blais-fronted restaurant is making moves all over town, but this San Gabriel Valley outlet is undoubtedly the new LA-area crown of the company.

This standalone Shawmut-built Crack Shack lands along Green Street, inside of a retrofitted former warehouse. That means lots of old, burnished wood beams and rustic brick, plus big windows for sunlight up front. There’s a ton of seating across wooden booths, open two- and four-tops, communal tables, and the back bar, which itself seats 24.

Much like the other locations, this Crack Shack hews towards all things fried chicken. That includes rich fried chicken sandwiches as well as nugget-like chicken oyster bites, plus a full lineup of cocktails in addition to beer and wine. There are some greens (and plenty of sides) available as well, plus a brined chicken thigh “pastrami” sandwich that is unique to this location and comes with sauerkraut on marble rye bread.

Crack Shack Pasadena officially opens to the public on Monday, November 12. Look for hours from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days, with an extension to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Crack Shack Pasadena. 30 W. Green St., Pasadena, CA.

Crack Shack Pasadena
Chicken thigh pastrami sandwich, exclusive to Pasadena
Crack Shack Pasadena
Fried chicken oysters
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The anti-salad power bowl
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Warehouse vibes
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Lots of wood
Crack Shack Pasadena’s wooden interior with brick wrapping and tall ceilings, at daytime.
Booths and communal seats
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Sunlight and a back bar
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Fun touches
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The mellow bar
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Crack Shack Pasadena
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Colorful details

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The sauce
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