Is It Any Good?

A Pasadena classic, back on the scene at long last.

Twin Palms on Urbanspoon
Twin Palms on Foodio54

When I was first here, it was a Italian Mediterranean place owned by Kevin Costner.

Imagine, if you will, being parked under a Tent just a few blocks from Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena. You, your girl (or boy, I really don’t know how you roll), some wine, some good food, and good times.

Twin Palms was a fantastic place. The kind of place you brought a date to. A place you brought your parents to. (I’ve done both), and had a good time in the process.

Then, it happened…Kevin Costner cheated on his wife, and Divorce proceedings ensued. At least I think that’s what happened. I wasn’t paying much attention at the time. All I know is, at some point, ownership of Twin Palms changed hands. The new guys thought a menu including Barbecue and Pizza would do the trick.

It didn’t. And thus, Twin Palms folded and sat idle for a couple of years…three and a half years to be exact.

Now, it’s back again, with new ownership. More to the point, it’s back with more interested ownership. Twin Palms seems actually interested in putting out a great product, a good restaurant, giving it’s clientele a good time.

The menu isn’t what it once was. They seem to be staking out their own territory, rather than doing the whole Italian Mediterranean thing again, but that’s okay. You feel good walking into Twin Palms. You don’t regret going there. That alone makes it okay.


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, one thing you are getting is the Watermelon [X]. Now, you wouldn’t think that a combination of compressed Watermelon, dried Prosciutto (Ham), shaved Prosciutto (also Ham), with some picked Watermelon rinds would be worth anything, but you’d be wrong. Very wrong. The Watermelon is compressed to the point where you think you’ve been handed a cherry tomato. You reach down into that place, picking up bits of Ham and Watermelon and rind (individual handfuls will vary), and tasting mouthfuls of sweet from the Melon, sweet from the Ham, pickle form the Rin and salty from the Ham.

I didn’t think it’d work, and now I’m wondering how I’ve lived without it for so long.

Please, dear dear God, don’t let them ever take this off the menu. Without a doubt, the best tasting, hot weather, summertime dish of all time. It’s so good, I’ll even have it in Winter.

After that, I had their Smoked Pork Sandwich. Which was…okay. Lots of lovely bits of pork sliced and cut into what is otherwise a not incredibly tasty sandwich. It’s my fault. The Bartender suggested their Tri-Tip Sandwich, and I didn’t listen.

But that Watermelon [X] dish. Damn!


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This should be temporary, I hope.

Now, I discussed Watermelon [X] up above because…frankly I can’t remember it’s exact name.

You see, normally when I go to a Restaurant for review, I’m usually…well…eating and not giving myself away by taking copious amounts of notes. When I want to find out what I had afterwards, I just go to the Restaurant’s website and copy exactly what it is I had from the menu, so you can know what to get. (Hence…)

Therein lies the problem. The Twin Palms Website is kinda…well…half-assed. At least at this point.

Don’t get me wrong, the website is gorgeous…at least it’s meant to be. The part they’ve added content to is beautiful. But there are parts of the website, like say…the menu…that don’t exist yet.

Now, granted this is an easily fixable problem, and will be easily fixed in the coming days, but…I gotta say. You’re open. You’re up and running, you damn well better have your Website up and 100% available. Because if your’e curious about a place, and maybe you want to go there, you might just check out the damn website to see what you’re in for.

Also, bear in mind, that it’s closed for the first part of the week. Joint only starts jumping on Thursday.


PARKING: This is a job for the Old Town Pasadena Parking Map, but your first choice is really the Parking Structure on Delancey. That’ll put you right next door to the Restaurant. Failing that, try the Schoolhouse.


Twin Palms
101 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

Tel: (626) 577-4555

Thu-Sat 11 am – 1:30 am
Sun 9 am – 10 pm