Pasadena, CA restaurants offer a smorgasbord of options to the city’s residents and tourists. From fine dining to ethnic cuisine to food trucks, great food can be found in all corners of Pasadena. Many of these restaurants come and go; only a few can say they’ve stood the test of time and passed with flying colors. These iconic Pasadena, CA restaurants serve up a fascinating story alongside cuisine, adding to the city’s charm.
Keep reading for a look at a few of Pasadena’s iconic neighborhood eateries.
Pasadena, CA restaurants: A burger with a side of history!
Pie ’N Burger, opened in 1963, is among the oldest burger joints in Pasadena. According to the restaurant website, it is home of America’s top 5 cheeseburger, as ranked by the Food Network. In a city that is believed be the home of the first cheeseburger, Pie ‘N Burger is only one of many iconic restaurants serving up greasy delights. Pie ’N Burger has a little added interest for its connection to Caltech. With its proximity to campus, college students who have gone on to build space shuttles regularly drop by for a burger.
You can find the burger joint at 913 E California Blvd.
A place with staying power
Mi Piace is a restaurant that has proved its staying power. It is one of the only original restaurants still operating since Old Town was revitalized in the 1990s. According to its website, Mi Piace has been a neighborhood favorite in the heart of Old Pasadena for more than 25 years. Mi Piace offers light Italian cooking with a New York accent. “Designed by New York based visionary, Tony Chi, Mi Piace’s trendy, upbeat decor brings Manhattan to mind,” the website reads, “with a stylish martini lounge, stainless steel bar, illuminated tables and red leather couches.”
Mi Piace can be found at 25 E. Colorado Blvd.
Historical setting, inventive cuisine
The Raymond Bar 1886 is an interesting piece of Pasadena history, complete with a menu of inventive, modern American fare. Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan specializes in mixing tradition with innovation, fitting for a restaurant in such a historical setting. The year 1886 actually refers to the build date of the original hotel, lost in a fire. The Raymond Bar is actually in the caretaker’s cottage, where the hotel owners moved in the 1930s after their second attempt at a grand hotel ended during the Great Depression.
You can find The Raymond at 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave.
There are plenty of other Pasadena CA restaurants that have become neighborhood mainstays, whether because they have historical significance or the quirky atmosphere that embodies the spirit of our community. What are some of your favorite Pasadena CA restaurants that have achieved icon status in your opinion? Inquiring minds want to know!