American/Californian in the old Pasadena Train Station.
Nestled in what used to be Pasadena’s Del Mar Train Station. The operating philosophy is “Food Is Love” and well, you can certainly tell they love grub. They serve all kinds of it. There are Taco Platters, there are Short Ribs, there is Ceviche. They seem to have a little bit of everything.
As for the place itself, its very Californian, very neighborhoody. (Which is good, since they have neighborhood nights on Mondays and Tuesdays, which involve if you buy entrée, you get a second for five bucks).
I went on a Friday night and the place was packed. Added to that, while I don’t have a good grip on what “kind” of restaurant it is, I enjoyed my meal. I enjoyed my time there, and would gladly go back.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Me, I had the Famous Short Ribs…which for some reason comes with an egg, not that I minded. You know, Bourdain is right. Is there anything that isn’t made better by the conscipious addition of an egg?
PARKING: There is a structure attached to the Old Train Station, mostly for the use of the New Train Station-slash-Apartment Complex that surrounds La Grande Orange. You might have to go down a level or two, but you should get a space. Failing that, you park near Pasadena Central Park just across the street. There are metered spaces along South Raymond and South Fair Oaks.
La Grande Orange Café
260 S. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel: (626) 356-4444
Monday-Thursday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 9:00pm