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The Top Lunch Restaurants In Old-Town Pasadena

(From the people who eat here everyday)

Pasadena is best known for the Rose Parade, the Rose Bowl, and the variety of amazing restaurants and eateries. Starke Marketing is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, and since we eat here everyday, we sorta consider ourselves experts in the Pasadena food scene!

Here are some of our staff’s favorite go-to lunch spots in no particular order.

Anne's Pick: Crack Shack

30 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105

Favorite Menu Item: The Firebird Chicken Sandwich with Fries

Pro-tip: Make the sandwich a double and then you get an entire chicken patty to enjoy solo or to share!

Lova's Pick: Ramen Tatsunoya

16 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Favorite Menu Item: Tonkotsu Ramen

Pro-tip: Extra meat and a hardboiled egg takes the Tonkotsu Ramen to another level!

Adam's Pick: Fig Sprout

63 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91105

Favorite Menu Item: Quarter chicken dark with the house slaw

Pro-tip: You can’t get enough of the curry mustard

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Jason's Pick: Green Earth Vegan Cuisine

37 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Favorite Menu Item: Joyful Fried Rice! 

Pro-tip: Brown rice with pineapple, peas, carrots, king oyster mushroom, red bell pepper, broccoli, and tofu.

Sari's Pick: Sushi Roku

33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

Favorite Menu Item: Picking a favorite sushi roll is like picking your favorite child, so the Tuna Jalapeno Roll and the Katana Roll

Pro-tip: You wouldn’t think so, but they have a really good ribeye at a really affordable price point

Richard's Pick: Fleming's Pasadena

179 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Favorite Menu Item: Dry-aged Ribeye cooked medium rare.

Pro-tip: Fleming’s has a fantastic lunch menu that’s more affordable than you would think.

Emerson's Pick: Taco Libre

36 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Favorite Menu Item: Carne Asada Fries

Pro-tip: The spicy salsa is very spicy, FYI.

Collin's Pick: Father Nature Lavash Bistro

17 N De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

Favorite Menu Item: Chicken Press Sandwich

Pro-tip: Get there slightly before lunch hour or prepare to be waiting in line! It’s still worth it.

David's Pick: Luggage Room Pizzeria

260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Favorite Menu Item: Fallen Angel Pizza

Pro-tip:Ā Get the bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer

Mino's Pick: Tokyo Wako

330 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

Favorite Menu Item: Wako lunch combo with Emperor Steak & Salmon

Pro-tip: Must be enjoyed with a large Sapporo!