Let me start by saying that I love El Portal and its younger sibling Yahaira’s Café. But like most restaurants, lunch and dinner hours are bustling and noisy. Of course, El Portal (set at the Green Street end of Arcade Lane in Pasadena’s Playhouse District) and Yahaira’s (which fronts onto the Colorado Boulevard end of the lane) command the long pedestrian patio and courtyard between them as well. So on a sunny noontime or balmy evening, seating at one of the tables along the lane is a pleasant option. The El Portal family also has a little sister, about...Read More
Author: Erica Wayne
I adore Robert Simon. I’ve loved him ever since he and his father Alvin opened Café Jacoulet in the ’80s, when Robert and I were both children. I loved him even more when he opened Bistro 45 in the ’90s and even more when he opened A/K/A a decade or so ago. I love him because he brought Hideo Yamashiro (who eventually opened Shiro in South Pas) from the Westside and because Alvin opened and ran Cinnabar in Glendale. My love hasn’t gone unrequited. Every meal at one of Robert’s restaurants or Alvin’s or Shiro’s is a gift. And...Read More
One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and six plus one to go! Starting Sunday, April 30, the third Pasadena Restaurant Week (actually a six-day event) gets started. Once it ends on Friday, May 5, partakers will have one and a half days to fast before the second Masters of Taste Food and Beverage Festival takes place on Sunday, May 7, at the Rose Bowl. As I’ve said every time I’ve written about one of the multi-day dining opportunities, be they our local Pasadena Cheeseburger and Restaurant weeks or the more widespread and...Read More
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