From the Admissions Staff of California Institute of Technology
Owen Wolf, assistant director of admissions:
El Portal Restaurant
695 Green Street
In the Playhouse district, this family-owned restaurant features authentic Mayan dishes from the Yucatan region.
784 Green Street
Pizza lovers should look no further! Tarantino’s features tasty pies in a Brooklyn-like atmosphere.
214 South Lake Avenue
From its 1920s ambiance to friendly staff, this restaurant seeks to elevate the hamburger to the upper echelons of fine dining!
Pie ‘n Burger
913 East California Blvd.
The amazing, award-winning pies and burgers at this beloved local coffee shop have garnered rave reviews for over 40 years.
696 East Colorado Blvd.
Friendly service and fresh food, with elaborate creations like spider roll and old favorites like unagi. This restaurant features a cozy atmosphere and reasonable prices.
Peet’s Coffee and Tea
605 South Lake Avenue
A fantastic option for coffee and tea.
Jann Lacoss, Assistant Director of Admissions
1218 East Colorado Blvd.
Cute, cozy neighborhood Thai restaurant with delicious food.
146 South Lake Avenue
(Between Colorado and Cordova)
Upscale cafeteria-style dining with great salads, hot bar and sandwiches. And, of course, gourmet lemonade!
Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
830 North Lake Avenue
Excellent Southern comfort food; order the chicken and waffles for an interesting and satisfying meal!
Corner Bakery Café
345 South Lake Avenue
A dependable spot for hot and cold sandwiches, soups, and salads.
1210 North Atlantic Blvd.
For all of you who don’t know about this California institution, you’re in for a treat with their burgers, fries, and shakes made to order with the freshest ingredients.
1296 East Colorado Blvd.
The juicy and fragrant rotisserie-style chicken is a must at this Lebanese restaurant.
Karly Brockett, Associate Director of Admissions:
1001 East Green Street
Great Argentinean cuisine at a nice restaurant. Recommended for dinner–try any of their steaks!
Green Street Restaurant
146 Shoppers Lane
Stop by this Shopper’s Lane landmark for delicious, innovative California cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere that features indoor and outdoor seating.
33 Miller Alley
Very trendy with great ambiance, tucked away off Colorado Boulevard.
Christine Waldor, Admissions Coordinator:
Real Food Daily
899 East Del Mar Blvd.
Organic vegan restaurant that offers a little bit of everything.
841 Cordova Street
Health-conscious Mexican fast food.
Matt Ybarra, Admissions Counselor:
Bella’s Gourmet Pizza
16 North Fair Oaks Avenue
The best ingredients, thick crust, and the “Fatty” is tough to beat. If you like pizza with substance, this is the best in Pasadena.
141 East Walnut Street
Cornflake-crusted French toast, topped with fresh strawberries. Their omelets pack quality into every bite. They even have porch seating, but can be a packed house on the weekends.
808 Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA
SoCal is not known for barbecue, and the essence of the word is most accurately used to describe a cookout or a carne asada. Not to worry though; Gus’s offers a BBQ regional spectrum, offering both Memphis and St. Louis style ribs, the only Carolina style Pulled Pork I’ve found in the area, and also a zesty rendition of KC style sauce.
640 South Arroyo Parkway
The breakfast burritos are HUGE, and a gluttonous delicacy we enjoy every Prefrosh Weekend. I can’t vouch for the rest of their menu, and only visit here if you’re not afraid of some grease, but it’ll take some determination to bury this bundle of joy in one sitting.
Tastee’s Donut and Burger
619 Fair Oaks Avenue
Don’t let the name fool you, you don’t have to eat them together. This is probably the lightest and fluffiest donut in Southern California (and perhaps second best in the world after the giant delights that Spic & Span in Las Vegas, New Mexico can offer). Not a fan of their burgers actually, but their chorizo and egg breakfast plates are a great way to start your morning.
Tiffanie Love, Receptionist:
2411 East Washington Boulevard
Best pizza in southern California!
Lee’s Hoagie House
2269 East Colorado Boulevard
A sandwich place with the best chicken salad you will ever eat.
2237 East Colorado Boulevard
Fast food Mexican with the best tacos in Pasadena.
The Admissions staff of CalTech:
140 Shoppers Lane
This hamburger joint allows you to custom build your own 21st century burger with anything from mixed greens and turkey meet to hard-boiled eggs and roasted garlic aioli!
From Christine VanDeVelde, coauthor of College Admission:
Auntie Em’s Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
The scene of a Bobby Flay cupcake throwdown, the seasonal food is as good as the sweet treats. Order the open faced grilled tomato and avocado egg sandwich for breakfast. Then take a slice of fruit crisp and some bite-size cupcakes to go.