Bluebeam’s Picks for Best Places to Eat & Drink in Pasadena, CA


In the next few weeks, a lot of people will be traveling to our neck of the woods, Pasadena, CA. They’ll be coming for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game on January 1st, as well as the BCS National Championship on January 7th. And while they’re here, I’m guessing they’re going to want to find a good place to eat!

So in the spirit of hospitality, I polled my coworkers and put together this list of best places to eat and drink in Pasadena, CA:

Best Coffee:
Zona Rosa Caffe

There are quite a few coffee shops by our offices, and this one isn’t one of the closest. But we still trek on over to Zona Rosa, because their coffee is that good.

Best Breakfast:

I’ll admit it – I’ve never eaten here. But when I asked them for a good breakfast spot, a couple of our developers swore by this place. They’re pretty picky when it comes to food, so I trust their judgment.

Best Lunch – TIE
Mediterranean Café


It’s the tastiest Mediterranean food I’ve ever had! Their line moves quickly, so step aside to look at the menu first before going to the cash register to order.

Lovebird’s Café & Bakery

Lovebirds makes delicious sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Some of my favorites include the avocado BLT and Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, served year round!

Best Dinner
Villa Sorriso

Are you a fan of Italian food? Then come to Villa Sorriso. Take advantage of southern California’s mild “winter” climate, and enjoy your meal in the outdoor seating area.

Best Place for Drinks
Lucky Baldwin’s

This pub has a great selection of beers on tap, including beer from Pasadena’s very own Craftsman Brewing. If you stop by to have a pint, you might even see some Bluebeamers unwinding after a long, hard day of PDFin’.

Safe travels to everyone heading to Pasadena in the next few weeks. And remember, to keep on PDFin’!


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