Hulun Beir Mongolian Restaurant recently opened in the middle of what’s become an enclave of pan-Asian eateries on West Green Street in Old Pasadena. The name is a variation of Hulunbuir, a city in Inner Mongolia which, for geography buffs, is not even in the country of Mongolia, but in China. So, on the menu you’ll find Chinese influences, (Outer) Mongolian influences, even Korean and Russian influences since these countries are all nearby. You’ll also find on the menu “Mongolian BBQ” which is neither Mongolian nor barbecue (it’s closer to Japanese tepanyaki). Who cares? The food is really good....Read More
Author: Lisa Dupuy
Who doesn’t love Danny Trejo, star of many a Robert Rodriguez film, with his craggy face and gruff exterior that belie a tender heart? But is he a restaurateur? Señor Trejo just opened Trejo’s Cantina on El Molino Avenue in Pasadena. He was born close by in Echo Park, so he must know his Mexican food. But what about the ultra-modern Mexican food found at Trejo’s? Well, the answer lies in Hollywood. Movie producer and friend Ash Shah and his partner Jeff Giorgino helped him start what is destined to become a nationwide phenomenon. According to an interview in...Read More
D ineLA, Friday, July 14, through July 28, is a terrific opportunity to treat yourself to a meal at one of the San Gabriel Valley’s many fine restaurants for affordable prices. Following are some standout deals for lunch and dinner. Best Lunches The Derby 233 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia (626) 447-2430 thederbyarcadia.com $25; Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. I’m a sucker for classic old school restaurants and this 1922 Arcadia stalwart is one of them. The DineLA lunch menu includes your choice of spicy blue lump crab cake, Cajun rub halibut mini-taco or bacon-wrapped dates to start. Prime...Read More
There are a number of reasons to drive over the Pasadena border to the hip stretch of York Boulevard in Highland Park, but the best one in my book is to score a cocktail at Sonny’s Hideaway. You might pass right by its unassuming facade but a hand-painted sign in the front window and a red door lets you know it’s more than a possible insurance office. Once inside, the horseshoe red leather booths seduce, the long bar beckons and the scent of muddled citrus oils entice. Tuck into a booth with friends at Happy Hour (5 to 7 daily,...Read More
I grew up in New York, so when you say delicatessen I think corned beef on rye and a pickle at Tiedemann’s Deli. My world has been turned upside down since the appearance of Delicatessen by Osawa, a new grab-and-go concept featuring Japanese bento boxes, salad bowls, donburi and more. Operated by the same folks as the excellent Osawa Restaurant on North Raymond Avenue, the new location has a sleek look, fast service and fresh, unique, healthy food. I’ve asked everybody I know who’s been to Japan (myself included) if they’ve seen delis there. They all say no, but add...Read More
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