5018 York Blvd., Pasadena
The fine beer selection here is complemented by great gastropub food (we love the truffle grilled cheese and fried chickpeas).
49 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
The eponymous burger here warrants the elusive name, which refers to the fifth taste in Japanese. You'll find a sleek interior and fantastic burgers, plus inventive sides and sauces. Not to mention, they grind their own meat, process their own cheese, and pickle their own veggies. Because why not? With multiple locations throughout LA area, you can't, and shouldn't, miss this. Other locations: Arts District, Downtown, Burbank, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Santa Monica, Studio City, West Hollywood, and Thousand Oaks
3777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Named after the province of its founders, Yang Chow serves up authentic Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine in a simple space. Their signature slippery shrimp is worth the trip alone. There are also locations Downtown and the Valley.
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