How do you know when you're a true-blue dining destination?
Throwing a Restaurant Week is one good sign, but those deal-laden events are fairly common now in many cities (and thank goodness, too; saving money is rather great).
It's when you keep your Restaurant Week and you add onto it. You add on Cheeseburger Week in the winter and SIP-tember in the late summer and other special to-dos that highlight specific dishes, drinks, and yes, even the memory and spirt of the wonderful Julia Child.
And with that we just gave a hint as to the city we're about to salute. It's the hometown of Ms. Child, Pasadena, which is gearing up for its annual Restaurant Week. That kicks off on Sunday, April 21 and ends on Friday, April 26 (the night before the city's rambunctious Doo Dah Parade takes over a good chunk of restaurant-laden Colorado Boulevard).
So, where would one find the deals this year? Crown CIty standards like Arroyo Chop House and Pie 'N Burger are on the list, as are comparitively newer entries like Umami Burger and Slater's 50/50.
Two-course prix fixe lunch meals start at $15; prices top out for a three-course dinner at $44, but note that not every eatery on the list'll go prix fixe. Some spots are just doing a straight-up discount on something in particular.
Now, can this hold you for awhile? At least before the next Pasadena Cheeseburger Week rolls around? We have a feeling that that one, like Restaurant Week, is a keeper.