November 25, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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After recently trying the Zagat rated Plate 38 for dinner, I've been impressed with the recent improvement in Pasadena dining. This place is in East Pasadena, not the usual Old Town location.
This underrated and unassuming casual restaurant offers organic, local gourmet dishes, by chef/owner Robert Humphreys, former chef of Patina, at reasonable prices. They also serve beer, wine and Peets coffee, not to mention fresh pastries and daily specials.
I went there for dinner, and while aiming for the Buttermilk Fried Cornish Game Hen dish, including freshly baked buttermilk biscuit, I ended up going for the roasted jidori chicken which was just about as good as chicken can taste. The skin cracked like glass. All sides were well done also. We tired the crab cakes appetizer, with extremely fresh crab and no detectable fillers.
They are known for their burgers as well, so this brunch is strategically
placed between breakfast and lunch, so we can order from either menu.
You can read through their menu at: http://www.plate38.com/pdf/All-Menus-print-May2011.pdf
If you'd like to see some photos of the food, check out this story:
This meal is not designated family style, so each diner is responsible to pay for their own orders and beverages. If you choose to share dishes with other members at the table, you are welcome to do so, and share the cost evenly. Please bring cash for easy bill settlement. I'd suggest bringing at least $20-$30 depending on what you'd like to order.