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Sweet Flower
827 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.sweetflower.com/stores/pasadena
Sweet Flower is one of Los Angeles’ longest-serving legal dispensaries. Its cannabis selections are finely curated and include indica, sativa, hybrid and CBD in a variety of flower, edible, extract, pre-roll, tincture, topical and vape essences. Whether you’re trying to stimulate your mind, hang with friends or get active, there is the right product for every setting.
 
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Essence Dispensary908 E. Colorado Boulevard
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Varda3341 E. Colorado Boulevard
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Houston’s Restaurant
320 S. Arroyo Parkway
www.houstons.com/locations/pasadena
Houston’s has been serving upscale American cuisine since 1977. Each entrée is made from scratch and serves only certified Angus beef such as the hand-selected USDA prime filet, seasoned wood-grilled ribeye and the Hawaiian ribeye steak with a pineapple-soy-ginger marinade. Start out with its popular grilled California artichoke served with rémoulade and pair it with a craft cocktail, beer and wine.
 
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Arroyo Chop House536 S. Arroyo Parkway
www.arroyochophouse.com
 
Parkway Grill510 S. Arroyo Parkway
www.theparkwaygrill.com
 
Twoheys Restaurant
424 Fair Oaks Avenue
www.twoheys.com
Twoheys diner has been “making memories since 1943.” Founded by Jack and Jean Twohey, the family-friendly restaurant specializes in the finest Angus beef hamburgers, old-fashioned buttermilk battered onion rings and soda fountain desserts. In fact, it is known for having the best sundaes — like the bittersweet hot fudge — in Southern California!
 
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Mijares145 Palmetto Drive
www.mijaresrestaurant.com
 
La Grande Orange260 S. Raymond Avenue
www.lgostationcafe.com
 
Millie’s Cafe
1399 E. Washington Boulevard
www.milliescafela.com
Readers love Millie’s Café for its from-scratch home cooking. Since 1926, the café uses only the best ingredients: daily fresh baked bread, freshly squeezed juices, dairy products from Altadena, and it even grinds every pot of French roast coffee. Whether you’re vegan, a vegetarian, a meat lover or a gluten-free eater, there is a huge selection of egg scrambles and messes, Benedicts, omelets, fluffy pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads and specials for everyone to savor. 
 
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La Grande Orange260 S. Raymond Avenue
www.lgostationcafe.com
 
The Raymond1250 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
www.theraymond.com
 
Daisy Mint
1218 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.daisymint.com
Asian fusion and Thai are taken to another level at Daisy Mint. Popular rice noodle dishes include the pad see ew (egg, garlic, Chinese broccoli and black bean sauce) and pad thai (eggs, red and green onion, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts) while the spicy curry dishes are bursting with flavor. Add a side of summer rolls with green leaf, cucumbers, carrots and basil wrapped in rice paper and served with peanut sauce. It’s understandable why Daisy Mint is a popular spot for lunch and dinner.
 
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Bone Kettle67 N. Raymond Avenue
www.bonekettle.com
 
Ginger and Spice Noodle & Grill451 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.gingerandspicenoodle.com
 
Zankou Chicken
1296 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.zankouchicken.com/pasadena
Zankou Chicken has been a staple in Southern California since 1983. Founded by the Iskenderian family from Lebanon, the restaurant is known for its authentic and fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Traditional seasonings and spices are used in the tender spit-cooked chicken, shawarma, tarna, kabob and falafel and served with a side of sliced tomatoes, fresh lettuce, pickled turnips, hummus, pita bread, house-made tahini and a secret garlic sauce.
 
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Raffi’s Catering and Banquet3887 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard
www.raffiscatering.com
 
Mediterranean Cafe273 Shoppers Lane
www.kokosmediterraneancafe.com
 
Seed Bakery
942 E. Washington Boulevard
www.seedbakerypasadena.com
Every loaf of bread at Seed Bakery is made 100% with love and uses old-world milling practices. The 12-hour fermentation process also enhances the flavor and shelf life and makes the bread easier to digest. Owner Joseph Abrakjian uses natural levin and whole-grain flours to create the popular rye, einkorn, spelt and kamut varieties that readers crave. It’s the softest bread in town!
 
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Little Flower Bakery1424 W. Colorado Boulevard
www.littleflowercandyco.com
 
Dots Cafe3819 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.dotscafebakery.com
 
Gus’s BBQ
808 Fair Oaks Avenue
www.gussbbq.com
Gus’s BBQ has been serving mouth-watering family favorites since 1946. The secret to the smoked barbecue flavor is the slow-cooking process over pecan logs for 14 hours. Traditional Southern items include the St. Louis spareribs, brushed with Gus’s original barbecue sauce or the Texas prime beef brisket dry rubbed and smoked. Save room for dessert with the orange bourbon pecan bar, a pecan pie on top of a shortbread cookie crust with caramel sauce and French vanilla bean ice cream.
 
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Rodney’s Ribs902 N. Lake Avenue
www.instagram.com/rodneysribs
 
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
2363 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.dickeys.com/locations/california/pasadena
 
Millie’s Cafe
1399 E. Washington Boulevard
www.milliescafela.com
No matter if you’re vegan, vegetarian, a meat lover or a gluten-free eater, readers love breakfast at Millie’s Café the “old-fashioned way, by hand, from scratch, because there is a difference.” Dishes include the popular Eleanore R. Special with two eggs over easy, cheddar cheese over rosemary potatoes, salsa, guacamole and sour cream served with a biscuit or toast. There are also messes and scrambles, such as the devil’s mess with three scrambled eggs, Cajun turkey sausage, cheddar cheese, salsa, guacamole and sour cream. Don’t forget to add a side of pancakes, French toast or waffles.
 
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Marston’s151 E. Walnut Street
www.marstonspasadena.net
 
Lucky Boy640 S. Arroyo Parkway
www.luckyboyburgers.com
 
Best Local Burger
In-N-Out Burger
2114 E. Foothill Boulevard
www.in-n-out.com
In-N-Out defines the classic California hamburger. The fast-food restaurant has been around since 1948 and makes its burgers the old-fashioned way with “quality you can taste.” Order a single, “Not So Secret” double-double, 3X3 or 4×4 animal style (on a bun) or protein style (wrapped in lettuce) with 100% American beef, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread, and with or without American cheese. Add a side of freshly cut fries or a shake made with real ice cream, and it’s no wonder there’s always long lines at the drive-thru.
 
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Pie & Burger913 E. California Boulevard
www.pienburger.com
 
Dog Haus93 E. Green Street; 105 N. Hill Avenue
www.doghaus.com
 
Green Street Restaurant
146 Shoppers Lane
www.greenstreetrestaurant.com
Green Street Restaurant is a place where old friends come together to enjoy classic California cuisine since 1979. Some of these classics include the Mexican Street Corn Flatbread with Burrata de Stefano, Cotija cheese, lime crema, cilantro and chili powder; spicy shrimp tacos and the California pasta with penne, fresh spinach, basil, tomatoes and red chili flakes with an Asian tomato sauce. Don’t forget to check out breakfast and brunch on the weekends.
 
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La Grande Orange260 S. Raymond Avenue
www.lgostationcafe.com
 
True Food Kitchen168 W. Colorado Boulevard
www.truefoodkitchen.com
 
Panda Inn
3488 E. Foothill Boulevard
www.pandainn.com/locations/pasadena
The original Panda Inn is not to be confused with the Panda Express fast-food chain. Opened by the Cherng family in 1973, Panda Inn celebrates the authentic taste of China’s flavors. Popular items such as the lo-mein with egg noodles, napa cabbage, bean sprouts, spinach, mushroom and choice of protein or vegetable; the fried rice with eggs, scallions, peas and a choice of protein or vegetable; and the kon pao chicken with chicken, roasted peanuts, chili and green onions in a spicy sauce delight the taste buds and senses. Don’t forget to add a side of potstickers or vegetable egg rolls.
 
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Lunasia Dim Sum House239 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.lunasiadimsum.com
 
Yang Chow3777 E. Colorado Boulevard
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Dots Cupcakes
21 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
www.dotscupcakes.com
Dots Cupcakes serves up the sweet life with daily fresh gourmet cupcakes. Founder and owner Hailey Kwon uses pure ingredients, organic preserves and hand frosts each cupcake with a pretty and playful design. With daily flavors such as the red velvet with cream cheese frosting and specialty flavors such as the carmelita with rich chocolate cake and a caramel center topped with cream cheese frosting and caramel pearls, it’s no wonder it’s a “match made in the oven!”
 
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SusieCakes264 S. Lake Avenue
www.susiecakes.com/locations/pasadena
 
Urth Caffé594 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.urthcaffe.com/pasadena
 
Roma Market
918 N. Lake Avenue
www.instagram.com/romamarket
Roma Market is known for having one sandwich that sells out every time. Owner Rosario Mazzeo invented “the sandwich” in the 1950s and adds mortadella, capicola, salami and provolone to a crunchy sub roll with a touch of olive oil. At only $5.50, it sells fast due to the fresh and authentic ingredients imported from different regions of Italy. There’s even dried pasta, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, freshly baked bread and more for purchase to make your own Italian meal at home.
 
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Pasadena Sandwich Company259 Sierra Madre Villa Avenue
www.pasadenasandwichcompany.com
 
Perry’s Joint Café2051 Lincoln Avenue
www.perrysjoint.com
 
Nothing Bundt Cakes
548 S. Lake Avenue
www.nothingbundtcakes.com
Nothing Bundt Cakes sweetens up anyone’s day by using the perfect ingredients to make the moistest and freshest Bundt cakes. The bakery chain offers Bundt cakes in 10 flavors and sizes for any occasion, including the classic vanilla with creamy vanilla frosting, lemon with a sweet snap of lemon and chocolate chocolate chip with chocolate chips baked right into the batter. It’s no wonder the bakery dedicates itself to “bringing joy … one cake at a time.”
 
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Urth Caffé594 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.urthcaffe.com/pasadena
 
Dots Cupcakes21 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
www.dotscupcakes.com
 
True Food Kitchen
168 W. Colorado Boulevard
www.truefoodkitchen.com
True Food Kitchen has roots in the Pasadena community. Founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, True Food Kitchen uses organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients with a health-conscious goal in mind. It’s understandable why readers keep coming for “good food that evokes a good mood.”
 
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Urth Caffé594 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.urthcaffe.com/pasadena
 
Sage Vegan Plant Based Bistro41 Hugus Alley
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Dog Haus
93 E. Green Street
105 N. Hill Avenue
www.doghaus.com
Dog Haus’ beef dogs and proprietary sausages are legit, with no nitrates or nitrites, and are hormone and antibiotic-free. Known for its signature creations served on King’s Hawaiian bread, the hot dog joint has favorites that include the SoooCali with wild arugula, avocado, tomato and crispy onions; Old Town with smoked bacon, caramelized onions, chipotle aioli, picked jalapeño and cotija cheese; and Chili the Kid with white American cheese, Haus chili, crispy onions and chipotle aioli. With two locations in Old Pasadena and Mid-Central, readers enjoy eating at the “Haus” they call home.
 
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Perry’s Joint Café2051 Lincoln Avenue
www.perrysjoint.com
 
Dirt Dog20 E. Union Street
www.dirtdogla.com
 
Jones Coffee Roasters
695 E. Colorado Boulevard
693 S. Raymond Avenue
1006 Mission Street
680 S. Arroyo Parkway
www.jonescoffeeroasters.com
As one of the most local coffee chains in Pasadena, Jones Coffee Roasters purchases only the highest-quality coffee from farms that use sustainable practices in Guatemala, Sumatra, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. This popular coffeehouse was founded by Chuck and Larry Jones in 1994 and has four locations in the community. Whether you have a hot or iced cup of its blends, seasonals, decafs and teas, the roastery believes in having an established community where customers can sit and enjoy a conversation with friends. 
 
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Lavender & Honey1383 E. Washington Boulevard
www.lavenderandhoneyespresso.com
 
Café de Leche2477 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena
www.cafedeleche.net
 
Bay Poké 
2345 E. Colorado Boulevard 
www.baypoke.com
Bay Poké has high standards for its ingredients while keeping the authentic Hawaiian taste. Customers can build their own poké bowl with a selection of ahi tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus, spicy tuna, spicy salmon, tofu, albacore or scallop with Bay Poké’s signature house sauce or other specialty sauces. Don’t forget to have it with a side of their flavored iced tea.
 
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Poke Salad Bar12 W. Colorado Boulevard
www.pokesaladpasadena.com
 
Veggie Grill200 S. Lake Avenue
www.veggiegrill.com
 
Domenico’s
2411 E. Washington Boulevard
www.originaldomenicos.com
As a third-generation Italian restaurant, every entrée at Domenico’s is made with Mama Rosa’s original recipes. Specialties include the antipasto salad with onions, olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, provolone and salami tossed in Italian dressing; meat lasagna; and the Big “D” Special Pizza topped with cheese, pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms, bell pepper and black olives. As one of Pasadena’s oldest and beloved restaurants, this family serves it right.
 
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Union37 E. Union Street
www.unionpasadena.com
 
Il Fornaio24 W. Union Street
www.ilfornaio.com
 
Sugarfish
146 S. Lake Avenue
www.sugarfishsushi.com
Since 1978, Sugarfish only serves sushi one way: Nozawa style (traditional). With 50 years of experience, chef Kazunori Nozawa uses only the highest-quality ingredients and hand-selected fish. With locations in Los Angeles and New York, Sugarfish offers pure and simple dishes with its popular “Trust Me” courses that include edamame, tuna sashimi, albacore sushi, salmon sushi, toro hand roll, Japanese yellowtail, New Zealand sea bream, Hirame sushi or the Blue and Dungeness crab hand rolI. It’s no wonder its motto is “Don’t think. Just eat.”
 
 
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Kabuki88 W. Colorado Boulevard; 3539 E. Foothill Boulevard
www.kabukirestaurants.com
 
Osawa77 N. Raymond Avenue
www.theosawa.com
 
Chris’ Korean BBQ
2063 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.chriskbbq.com
Chris’ Korean BBQ has tender and fresh meat perfect for barbecuing. Open seven days a week, customers can enjoy menu items that include brisket, skirt steak or spicy pork with Korean miso soup, sweet radish wraps or a vegetable pancake as side dishes. It’s the perfect meal for the whole family to enjoy.
 
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Seoul Cham Root BBQ2139 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada Flintridge 
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Kang Ho Dong Baekjeogn5700 Rosemead Boulevard, Temple City
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Congregation Ale House
300 S. Raymond Avenue
www.congregationalehouse.com
Congregation Ale House has been “pouring for the masses” for all beer lovers since 2010. With a European monastery interior with stained glass and skylights shining through wooden beams, the gastropub has a variety of in-house brewed ales, ciders, hard seltzers, IPAs, lagers, Pilsners and stouts. Add a pint with a brew pub pretzel with IPA cheddar sauce, double pepperoni pizza, truffle French fries or the ribeye burger and it tastes like heaven — literally. 
 
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Stone Brewery220 S. Raymond Avenue
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Craftsman1260 Lincoln Avenue
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The Luggage Room
260 S. Raymond Avenue
www.lgostationcafe.com
“Food is love” at The Luggage Room. Housed in the historic 1934 Del Mar Train Station during Hollywood’s Golden Age era, the pizza joint uses gluten-free or fermented sourdough crust and local fresh ingredients. Favorites include The Gladiator with house-made Italian sausage, Molinari pepperoni, house red sauce and a cheese blend and the farmers market pizza with roasted red beets, beet greens, Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk cheese and pistachios. 
 
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Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta1007 Fair Oaks Avenue
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Domenico’s2411 E. Washington Boulevard
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Mijares
145 Palmetto Drive
www.mijaresrestaurant.com
As the oldest Mexican restaurant in Pasadena, Mijares is known for its authentic and traditional dishes, fresh tortillas, famous margaritas and festive patio dining. Original recipes are used from Jesucita Mijares, who fled Mexico during the revolution 100 years ago. The family tradition continues with savoring dishes that include chile rellenos, Corky’s fabulous garbage burrito with ground beef or chicken, cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce, olives and guacamole and homemade Albondigas soup. At Mijares, “mi casa es su casa.”
 
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El Portal695 E. Green Street
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Mercado140 S. Lake Avenue
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Fish King
722 N. Glendale Avenue
www.fishkingseafood.com
Fish King lives up to its motto “direct, from the sea to you.” Since 1948, the family-owned restaurant prides itself in being one of the few independently owned fish markets with high-quality products. Popular items at its Galley Kitchen include the seafood plates, charbroiled plates and combos, bowls, tacos, burritos, soups and chowders, Totorrito (sushi burrito), and the “crunch” sandwiches with fish or shrimp with original marinades and sauces. There’s also the seafood market with fresh and frozen seafood for purchase to take home.
 
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Fishwives88 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
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San Marino Seafood2150 Huntington Drive
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Arroyo Chop House
536 S. Arroyo Parkway
www.arroyochophouse.com
Readers enjoy eating at Arroyo Chop House for business dinners, special occasions or to relax after work. The classy steakhouse in the only restaurant in San Gabriel Valley that serves high-quality USDA prime beef from its finest purveyors that is aged and hand-cut daily along with lobster, tuna, crab legs and chicken. Pair it with a side of the popular jalapeño-corn souffle or lobster mashed potatoes and a handcrafted cocktail. 
 
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Houston’s320 S. Arroyo Parkway
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Golden Deli
815 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel
www.thegoldendeli.com
Golden Deli keeps readers returning with more than 100 homestyle and authentic Vietnamese cuisine specialties. Since 1981, the restaurant has been serving the best Vietnamese noodle soup, fried egg rolls and its renown pho. The secret to the pho? It is cooked slow and low in kettles until it develops a robust and smooth flavor. 
 
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Pasadena Noodle & Grill2335 E. Colorado Boulevard
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Ginger and Spice Noodle & Grill451 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.gingerandspicenoodle.com
 
Alondra’s Hot Wings
515 W. Main Street, Alhambra
www.lovealondras.com
Readers love Alondra’s famous hot wings for the tender chicken meat and the variety of sauce flavors. Wings can be ordered bone-in or boneless with a different spice level of Buffalo, barbecue and teriyaki sauces along with Cajun, lemon pepper or seasoned dry rubs. Pair it with a side of hand-cut fries or cheeseballs, and these wings tingle the taste buds.
 
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Hot Wings Café89 E. Colorado Boulevard
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Bad Mutha Clucka55 S. Madison Avenue
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King Taco
45 N. Arroyo Parkway
www.kingtaco.com
What started as a taco truck in 1974 ended up becoming “the best in town” at King Taco. Specializing in beef and pork, the restaurant has authentic Mexican cuisine that includes burritos, sopes, nachos, quesadillas, tamales, rotisserie chicken and tacos. Tacos are served in warm corn tortillas with a choice of protein and topped with fresh chopped cilantro, onions and house-made salsa. 
 
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Guisado’s577 S. Arroyo Parkway
www.guisados.la
 
La Estrella Tacos502 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
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Lucky Boy
640 S. Arroyo Parkway
531 E. Walnut Street
www.luckyboyburgers.com
“Home of the Famous Breakfast Burrito,” Lucky Boy draws a huge crowd daily. Third-generation owners John Rellos and Christina Karagias pile their breakfast burrito with eggs, potatoes, a choice of protein and cheese wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla. There’s also the carne asada, chicken and avocado burritos for lunch or dinner. Doors open at the Arroyo Parkway location open at 6 a.m. until midnight seven days a week.
 
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Burrito Express1597 E. Washington Boulevard
www.burritoexpresspasadena.com
 
Mijares145 Palmetto Drive
www.mijaresrestaurant.com
 
Lucky Boy
640 S. Arroyo Parkway
531 E. Walnut Street
www.luckyboyburgers.com
Lucky Boy is a fast-food favorite among readers for a casual spot to enjoy great tasting food. The tasty and affordable menu has a variety of fast-food items that include the famous breakfast burrito, chili dog, tacos and cheese fries for less than $6 at either location. The Arroyo Parkway location is open seven days a week for 18 hours and meals can be ordered car side.
 
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Dog Haus93 E. Green Street; 105 N. Hill Avenue
www.doghaus.com
 
Tops3838 E. Colorado Boulevard
www.theoriginaltops.com
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