Pasadena is (historically at least) better known for its idyllic suburban neighborhoods and annual Rose Parade than for its culinary offerings, but scratch beneath the chain restaurants to find plenty of gustatory breadth and depth. With a slew of new openings over the past year and always-busy standbys scattered around town, Pasadena has quietly become one of the busiest dining scenes anywhere in Southern California. Here now are 19 essential Pasadena restaurants.
Removed: Seed Bakery, Shandong Dumplings, Cafe Santorini, the Delicatessen By Osawa, Alexander’s Steakhouse
Added: Namaste Spiceland, Rodney’s Ribs, Saso, Agnes, Pasadena Fish Market, Osawa Shabu Shabu & Sushi, Old Sasoon Bakery
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More