Sample your way through Old Pasadena’s finest restaurants on a self-guided walking taste tour. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® at 1060 E. Green Street #100, Pasadena, 626-795-2455 or sold the day of the event in front of select restaurants.
List of participating restaurants: 1810 Argentinean Restaurant 21 Choices All India Café Bar Celona Beyond the Olive Bird Pick Tea Brothers’ Pies n Fries Café Bizou Café Santorini Choza Mama Crème de la Crepe Equator Haven Gastropub + Brewery Himalayan Café Hot Wings Café Il Fornaio IX-Tapa Cantina Jake’s of Pasadena La Luna Negra The Melting Pot Mezbaan Indian Cuisine Mi Piace Mignon Chocolate Pappa Rich Pita Jungle Racion Sugar Fix Temptations Three Dog Bakery Tibet Nepal House Vertical Wine Bistro Villa SORRISO Wokcano
The proceeds support local community based charitites.
What we now know as Old Town Pasadena, first emerged as a town in the 1870’s. Old town began to see an increase of development in the 1890’s when the main throuroughfaire, Colorado Blvd, was paved. By this time blacksmith shops, carriage sales, storage enterprises, and livery stables all ran down Colorado Blvd.
The world renowned Rose Parade is centered in Old Town. The first Tournament of Roses was staged in 1890 by members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club. These club members were former residents of from the East and Midwest eager to showcase Pasadena as the place where the “flowers were blooming” on January. They wanted to tell the world about “their new paradise.” More than 2000 people came out on that day to view a parade of flower-covered carriages, foot races, and polo matches. Today, most floats are built by professional float companies and take almost a year to design and construct. An estimated 350 million television viewers in more than 80 countries around the world join nearly one million curbside spectators for the Rose Parade on new years day.
Old Pasadena is unique in that the majority of its commercial buildings along the Colorado Boulevard were constructed during the period from around 1886 to 1918, and still house commercial enterprises with little change to many of their facades.
Originally the Hotel Green, just north of Central Park in Old Pasadena is the well known historic Castle Green. Converted over from a hotel into condos in the 1920’s, the Castle Green is still the home to 50 residential units and are owned by residents that have respect and admiration for Pasadena’s history.
There have also been recent modern residential developments in old town that offer modern loft living above ground floor commercial buildings.
Although old town is so well known for it’s shopping, just as eminent is the dining and night life, which is becoming more and more sophisticated in the new century.
Old Pasadena features over 100 diverse restaurants, including award-winning fine dining and charming outdoor cafés, as well as museums a world class movie theatre, sports pubs, wine bars, and a wide array of places for late night live music and dancing.
The historic streets and alleyways, rustic brick façades and architectural accents of Pasadena’s original business district refuses to fade into history.
The menu at Kings Row offers salads, delicate pizzas, sandwiches, as well as a selection of dinner plates, all ranging from $5-$15. It’s a given that a gastropub should have a good selection of beer, and Kings Row does not disappoint. There is a good selection of domestic and non-domestic beer, predominated by their wide selection of local micro brews.
Kings Row Gastropub . 20 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena Ca | www.kingsrowpub.com