Whoever it was that thought Pasadena was chock full of little old ladies, has probably just been listening to too many Jan and Dean songs. Too old of a reference? Either way, when it comes to food-on-the-go past midnight, there's no shortage of late night spots in Pasadena. Here are a few you might want to check out (while bumping Jan and Dean). Sorry, I had to.
King Taco: For quick, cheap Mexican food on a Saturday night, King Taco is your best bet. The menu is fairly straight forward, with favorites like nachos, burritos, sopes, tamales, quesadillas, and yes, even tacos. Their tacos come with a variety of different meats like carne asada, chicken, and lengua, and will run you a $1.29. Burritos are fairly big, and come loaded with rice, salsa, cilantro and onions, as well as your choice of meat. They start at $5.25. King Taco is open until 3 a.m. on the weekends.
45 N. Arroyo Parkway, 91103; 626-792-0405
Lucky Boy: Not only is Lucky Boy reminiscent of a 50s-style hamburger stand, but the food is mighty good too. The chiliburgers are the best item on the menu. They're charbroiled and come topped with crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, tomato, and a full serving of their famous spicy chili. Not in the mood for a burger? Lucky Boy also makes all types of burritos, like chicken, carne asada, and fish. They even have a gigantic breakfast burrito that comes loaded with hash brown, egg, cheese and sausage. Lucky Boy is open all night, every night. Breakfast, however, is only served from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
640 S. Arroyo Pkwy, 91105; 626-793-0120
Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles: Only those that have never tried Roscoe's cringe at the idea of having chicken and waffles on the same plate. As for everyone else, well, there's no need for explanation – Roscoe's is da bomb! Beginners should go with something simple like Herb's Special. It comes with two pieces of their famous Southern-style fried chicken and two crispy waffles. But if you've been to Roscoe's in the past, you might want to amp things up by trying out their Scoe's special. The chicken comes smothered with Roscoe's tasty homemade gravy and onions. Again, don't knock it until you've tried it. Seriously! Roscoe's is open until midnight on the weekends.
830 N. Lake Ave., 91104; 626-791-4890
Conrads Restaurant: Aside from being open 24/7, Conrads Restaurant in Pasadena also serves breakfast all day. So if you're the type of person that gets a hankering for a Denver omelet at 1 a.m., you're in luck. Aside from breakfast, Conrads has a book length menu that includes everything from burgers and seafood, to a wide variety of Mexican and Italian dishes. They even have cheesecake! And on Mondays and Wednesdays you can get a half fried chicken for $7.95. Did I mention it's one of the few – if not only – sit-down diners in Pasadena open all day, every day that's not named Denny's? Just wanted to clarify.
861 E. Walnut St., 91101; 626-577-7603
Dog Haus Biergarten: Let’s say you’re in the mood for a gourmet sausage at 1 a.m. You can always hit up the 24-hour Ralph’s and cook it yourself. Or you can stop into Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena where hot dogs and German-style wurst are there specialty. And with bratwurst, Andouille, Italian chicken and three pepper kielbasa being just a few of the gourmet sausages Dog Haus has on the menu, you’ll know you’re in good company. Plus with a variety of toppings to choose from – like sauerkraut, sweet peppers, bacon, and caramelized onions, to name a few – there’s no limit to how creative you can get with your dog or wurst. Even if you’re the type that just likes a plain hot dog with some ketchup on it (lame!), Dog Haus has got that too. Dog Haus is open until 2 a.m. Check out the website for a full menu of all the sausages and dogs they’re serving up.
93 E. Green St., 91105; 626-683-0808