1810 (Eighteen Ten)
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Argentinian in Old Town Pasadena.
What are you supposed to do when you see a lovely space like 1810, just begging you to walk in? When you see those lovely brick face walls that highlight the places in Old Town Pasadena? Yeah,you gotta go in.
Plus, I can use a Steak…
…in the middle of the Afternoon.
Sure, why not? After all, Argentina just won its match against…somebody.
Walking into 1810, you see a classic Restaurant Space. In a way, nothing fancy. A nice little wood bar. Just the one TV. Quiet. Relaxed. The staff is speaking Spanish, even in the front part of the house (not that that’s hard in L.A, but still…all good things.)
I slide on up to 1810’s bar. It’s small and comfortable. No big deal. The bar isn’t trying to dominate the environment. There’s one small TV at the end there. Probably had the game on earlier. This is a solo lunch mission, and I just want to give the place a once–
Oh, did I see a Prixe Fixe Menu?
Do I see Chorizo on that Prixe Fixe Menu?
Suddenly, I think I know what I’m having.
I place my order and wait for whatever magic to happen. But first things first. First here comes the bread.
Oh, man. Why is it that the Bread in Latin American places is always fantastic? No matter where I go. Don’t know why. Don’t know how. It just always happens. Nice dipping sauce with oil and… Chives? I’m going to say hives just for now.
Anyway, you probably want to know about the food now, so…
That Bread was really good.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This was a pretty basic, albeit, meat heavy lunch. It starts, as mentioned above, with the bread, which I really really liked. Then it follows up with the Chorizo Argentino (Argentinian Sausage) which was fantastic. Popping fresh out of the oven, and porky delicious.
And what can I say about the Entraña (Skirt Steak)? It was good. What do you want? It was a straight ahead salt and pepper affair. A nice cut, good tasting. Done just right. It was not the greatest steak on earth, but nowhere near the worst. It was a good steak. Nothing more. Nothing less.
1810 isn’t breaking any culinary ground, remember…for you to have a good time, it doesn’t have to. It’s a pleasant space, a comfortable time out, and a pretty good meal. That’s all you need.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing particularly worrisome about this place. Noting to worry about or warn you about.
PARKING: Like all things Old Town Pasadena, start by consulting our Old Town Parking Map. Truth be told, the closet Parking Structure is the one on DeLacey.
121 W. Colorado Blvd.
Tel: (626) 795-5658
Open Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm
Friday- Saturday 11 am- 11 pm
Sundays 12 noon – 10 pm
Happy Hour: Monday- Friday 3 pm – 6 pm