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Mike and Anne’s

1040 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
626-799-7199

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  • Sun, Tue-Sat 8am-2:30pm, Sun, Tue-Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
There is a certain kind of medium-priced grown-up restaurant that is spreading over the landscape like kudzu: urban, comfortable dining rooms, often with outdoor terraces, lubricated with recorded bebop and reasonably priced Spanish reds, understated architecture and conversation. Mike and Anne’s, a few steps from the South Pasadena Gold Line station, has learned the formula by heart. Is there a cheeseburger with blue cheese and a sweet-onion relish? Beet salad with arugula and walnuts? Mussels cooked with some form of Spanish chorizo? Check, check and check. The flat iron steak is garnished with an entire farmers-market’s worth of fingerling potatoes and artisanal royal green apples (where were all the flat iron steaks just three years ago?), and the pan-crisped chicken breast shares a plate with vaguely curried couscous and a scattering of rather oversteamed broccoflower buds. Is this cuisine? No, it is cooking, the kind of stuff you might make yourself for small dinner parties if you had a farmers-market habit and a subscription to Bon Appetit. But it is good enough, and the banana bread with peanut cream is an inspiration.

Related Stories (2)

  • 30-Minute Lunch: Mike & Anne's in South Pasadena
    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:22 a.m. by Christine Chiao

    Place: Mike & Anne's in South Pasadena. Vibe: The restaurant is a bit of a social hub in the neighborhood during noon and especially on the weekends. You'll find a mixed crowd: Stay-at-home moms, graduate students, retirees and offi...

  • First Bite: The Right Stuff
    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 12 p.m. by Jonathan Gold

    There is a certain kind of medium-priced grown-up restaurant that is spreading over the landscape like kudzu: urban, comfortable dining rooms, often with outdoor terraces, lubricated with recorded bebop and reasonably priced Spanish...

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