Lamanda Park has developed a multicultural dining scene featuring signature cuisines from around the world. Grab some shish kebab, Pad Thai and Vietnamese noodles all on the same street, or experience Pasadena culture in the trendy American cafes and diners strewn along Colorado Boulevard.
For a taste of Japan, head to O'seyo Shabu Shabu to enjoy mid-priced hot pots and seafood-centered regional dishes. This place serves up the best shabu-shabu in Pasadena, and you can't leave without sampling the crispy blue crab wontons. This place gets packed during the lunch and dinner hours, so go during off hours to avoid a long wait.
Whether you're craving burgers or gourmet breakfast food, pull up a chair at Plate 38, a local gastropub with modern zest. If you come for brunch, be sure to try the croque-madame with its thick layers of egg, cheese, ham and toast smothered in bechamel sauce, or try the Eggs Benedict with slices of salmon. Don't forget to order a cup of Peet's Coffee. If you stop by for dinner, sample the four cheese Sexy Mac with a tall glass of greyhound made special with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.
For Middle Eastern and vegetarian dishes, don't pass up a chance to dine at Famous Shish Kabob. Here you find some of the freshest hummus and falafel in town. If you go for the chicken kabobs, be sure to ask for both the garlic sauce and the cilantro sauce for a flavor explosion.
Most residents head to downtown Pasadena
for its eclectic nightlife scene, but Lamanda Park has its own laid-back bar selection for those who don't want to venture far from home. Join the local crowd at The Colorado Bar, a casual dive where you can play pool or a game of darts while listening to tunes blasting from the jukebox. This place has some good vibes and cheap drinks, and the regulars always welcome newcomers.