The Pie Hole – Old Town Pasadena

If you’re a sucker for sweets, look no further. The Pie Hole is my new go-to for very unique, delicious and mouth-watering sweets! I guarantee you’ve never had anything like any of their sweet and savory eats anywhere else, and the experience is worth every single calorie!

The Pie Hole hand makes all items from scratch. Each sweet runs $5-8 dollars, they are all fairly large and perfect for sharing. This family owned business believes a pie shop is a living institution, a neighborhood gathering spot, and a welcoming environment for all. Come support this business that seeks to be the best part of everyone’s day – I guarantee you wont regret it!

The shop is located in the new Indiana Colony, sharing space with CoolHaus ice cream and Pressed Juicery.

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[Chocolate Crostada and Maple Custard pictured above.]

Pasadena

59 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

www.thepieholela.com

Sun-Thurs: 10am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-11pm

888-692-7429

Check them out on Yelp.

Brunch: KTCHN Old Town Pasadena

I always find myself with minimal options for breakfast and weekend brunch in Old Town Pasadena. There’s a new option in town that I look forward to checking out at the new KTCHN. Formerly Via Soriso, then more recently 168, the property has been facing an identity crisis recently. I think they’ve finally figured out a good solution; a high end food court-like setting for multiple restaurants to offer a variety of foods to patrons. The courtyard also now includes Zona Rosa Coffee, Bulagrini Gelato and Picnik.

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ZAGAT recently wrote about KTCHEN, here’s the article:

Joining Eduardo Ruiz’s new Picnik complex in Pasadena – where sausage and pork is king – Felix Barron is now serving his popular KTCHN brunch daily in Old Town. What started as an underground pop-up out of his Downtown LA loft, Barron has been serving things like carnitas hash and apple fritters in The Gorbals every Sunday since 2011. Taking a corner of the Picnik complex (that’s what we’re calling it for lack of a better word), he’s bringing his unique twists on breakfast staples to the ‘Dena. The current menu features creamy brie grits with berry compote and hazelnut crunch; eggs scrambled with pickled jalapenos, caramelized onion and goat cheese; scrambled organic eggs with pea harissa, aged cheddar and potato hash; duck confit hash; pork belly and eggs; and tres leches French toast. There’s a full bar in the complex and out of the KTCHN corner come things like the Heminguey (tequila, watermelon, lime and mint simple syrup) and a Spring Collins (vodka, fresh cucumber, elderflower and rosemary seltzer). There are also fresh juices that go beyond the orange and cranberry norm, like elixirs made with Asian pear, carrot, parsley, fennel and beet.

One beautiful thing is that there are a ton of tables outside with umbrellas to shade the sun, plus a cute little dining room. Unlike Picnick, where you order at the counter and the food is brought to you, KTCHN is full-service. There’s even free WiFi. Once the other businesses get rolling, there will be space for Zona Rosa Coffee and Bulagrini Gelato, too, both of which are serving from carts now, making this a one-stop shop for everything you could possibly want to eat in one day. KTCHN serves daily from 8 AM-2 PM.

Hours:

Mondays thru Friday 8a.m to 2p.m

Saturday & Sundays 9a.m to 2p.m

Check them out on Yelp.

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Juice Served Here – Pasadena, CA

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Anyone who loves juice and lives around Old Town Pasadena knows that we’ve been lacking a juice spot … well the wait is over. Welcome to Pasadena, Juice Served Here! Whether you’re looking for a Wheatgrass shot, a single juice, or a comprehensive juice cleanse, they offer it all.

All juices are designed using nutrient rich ingredients and offering a wide range of medicinal benefits. All Juice Served Here produce is 100% organic and locally grown whenever possible. There is almost no repetition of ingredients in our recipes, making each juice distinctly unique.

They also serve up raw vegan deserts that are nutritionally packed, gluten free, dairy free, and delicious!

Here’s what they are promising:

The Juice: We are Raw. We are Organic. We are Cold-Pressed.  We are sourced locally whenever possible and no two juices are alike.

The Served: We are Fresh. We are Clean. We are Simple.  Impeccably presented by passionate health enthusiasts.

The Here: We are Warm. We are Inviting. We are the Place to hang.  Drink and eat in total comfort with select literature, free wi-fi, and local community events.

Check them out on Yelp and visit them on Facebook. Let us know what you think!

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PASADENA

57 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Sunday – Friday 7:30am-6pm
Saturday 7:30am-7pm

T: 626-578-0101

Pita Jungle – Old Town Pasadena

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Pita Jungle is on my personal list of ‘Best Values” in Pasadena. They serve you fresh, delicious Mediterranean eats at incredibly reasonable prices. Happy hour is offered every day, even weekends, from 3-6pm and 9pm to close. Draft beers and house wines are $3 and well cocktails and margaritas are $4. They have a happy hour food menu as well with small tapas, but my opinion is that the main courses from the regular menu are a better value and more filling. I do however, always start with a $2.00 order of Dolmades when I’m there during happy hour. The order is 2 pieces, cut in half, and it’s a great starter to get your tastes buds going.

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[$2 Happy Hour Dolmades, 2 pieces cut in half]

My personal favorite for an entree is the Turkey Pesto Wrap (but I substitute chicken breast for turkey). The wrap is huge, enough for 2 people to share, has a very generous portion of fresh grilled chicken breast, Swiss cheese, pesto sauce, grilled tomatoes and onions, is wrapped in Lavosh bread and served with a side Greek salad. It’s perfectly delicious as is, but I like to add a little Sriracha sauce mixed with Greek dressing for an extra kick.

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[Chicken Pesto Wrap $9.99]

Not quite sure why this place has a 3.5 star rating on Yelp, if I was rating I’d give 5 stars. The value is incredible, ingredients are fresh as can be, and service is friendly and swift. Maybe people just haven’t tried the right menu items. Try my order and see if you agree!

43 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
Neighborhood: Pasadena

(626) 432-7482

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El Chavo Taco Stop – Pasadena’s BEST Taco Truck!

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El Chavo Tacto Stop is your best bet for a late night eat in Pasadena! There are a few taco trucks to choose from — but El Chavo beats them all! If you’ve been a fan for a while, you’ll know that they were located in the parking lot on the corner of Fair Oaks and Holly for a while, but for about the last year they’ve relocated to the parking lot at the Chase Bank located on Arroyo and Colorado.

The truck is run by a lovely husband and wife who surely know how to make some good Mexican eats! If you’re a fan of Pastor (spicy pork), these are some of the best pastor tacos I’ve ever had. Their Carne Asada is also quite good, as is the Lengua (tongue), for those of you who are adventurous enough to try it. Just tell yourself it’s chicken and give it a try. The Pastor quesadilla is also really good; full of cheese and spicy pork!

El Chavo is a very affordable eat – tacos run $1.25 each, setting the average eater at just under five bucks for a nice late night treat.

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Chase Bank Parking Lot
Arroyo Pkwy between Green St & Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours:Thu-Sat 9 pm – 3 am, Sun 9 pm – 2 am

(626) 421-9587

Check them out on Yelp.

Slater’s 50/50 – Extreme Overindulgence at It’s Best

Another visit to Slater’s 50/50 Pasadena. Tried a few different things, was reassured that entrees are enormous and very reasonably priced, and left pleading for the assistance of a fork lift. If you love huge portions, lots of piled on tasty ingredients and are even eating on a budget (or not) this is definitely a place to indulge.

This time around my beau and I decided to share a few new things. We started with the Slater’s Fries (served with BACON ketchup — yes it’s amazing), and shared The Old Timey Burger and the Chicken & Pancakes. It was probably enough food for four people, but we tackled it as best as we could with just the two of us.

SLATER’S FRIES

I’m not sure if this is the usual protocol, but the fries were brought out as an appetizer. They were fresh cut, and barely salted. Suprisingly, they weren’t greasy at all. The bacon ketchup was absolutley amazing, I had to ask for seconds. We also sprinkled some bacon salt on top of the fries, which made them extra tasty. If you haven’t picked it up yet, the theme of the whole 50/50 experience is bacon in every nook and cranny possible.

THE OLD TIMEY

The classic American burger with Sterling Silver ground beef, American cheese, thick cut bacon, grilled onions, green leaf lettuce, tomato and 1000 island dressing on white brioche. The Old Timey burger doesn’t have the traditional 50/50 (half ground bacon, half ground beef) patty. We opted for the all ground beef patty in an attempt to save a few hundred calories. The patty was equally huge and juicy and the toppings were real good.

FRIED CHICKEN & PANCAKES

Fried chicken topped with house-made-bacon-infused-country-gravy, two strips of thick cut bacon and a sunny side up egg sandwiched between three buttermilk pancakes, smothered in real maple syrup. The Fried Chicken and Waffles was …. HUGE. That’s the first thing that came to mind. We barely made a dent on one of the pancakes, but finished the chicken. The chicken is really juicy, and the dish was real good overall, just huge.

Once again, Slater’s proves to be fantastic. Ever since it opened up last month, every single night has drawn in huge crowds. The bar is full of TV’s for sports enthusiasts, and the restaurant is warm, fun and family friendly. There’s a place for everyone here. With the addition of 2 Diet Cokes, this bill came to only $35. I’d say that’s a bargain in Pasadena.

Check them out on Yelp. With 4 stars on almost 200 reviews, I’m sure there are plenty of others that agree with me.

61 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
Neighborhood: Pasadena

(626) 765-9700