Try as it might, Pasadena can’t totally figure out a way to break into the real LA dining scene. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t places worth the drive. Say hello to Kimagure. In the same complex as the Gold Line stop, Kimagure is easy to get to (something Pasadena is not necessarily known for) and has some of the best sushi on the Eastside. Choose from three different omakase menus (ranging from $68 - $95) and ride the subway home in a peaceful sushi slumber.
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Maestro is a modern Mexican joint in Pasadena with a menu that’s so full of delicious dishes it’ll give you Übermenufreude.
The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse
The Royce is a fancy steakhouse inside the even fancier Langham Hotel in Pasadena, but it’s food is worth the price tag.
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Nozawa | BAR
A tiny sushi bar at the back of Sugarfish in Beverly Hills, Nozawa Bar involves an excellent 22-course omakase. Just don’t ask for any changes.
Fish Eight is a sushi bar on Melrose in West Hollywood with extremely high-quality fish at affordable prices.
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King’s Burgers / Got Sushi?
As a general rule, sushi joints attached to fast food burger chain should probably be avoided. Unless that place is Got Sushi? in Northridge.
Union is the best restaurant in Pasadena, and one of the best Italian restaurants in all of LA.
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