Would you believe they opened up a restaurant…an actual functioning full-on restaurant inside the Whole Foods?
Did you know Whole Foods had a restaurant? I didn’t know Whole Foods had a restaurant.
No, I’m not talking the “Prepared Foods” area, I’m talking an actual walled-off Restaurant with a massive bar, twenty or so beers on tap and everything.
Okay, granted, the restaurant sits within the walls of Whole Foods…
And, yeah…they’re using Whole Foods ingredients.
And, granted, the restaurants staff all are wearing Whole Foods T-Shirts…
But the restaurant has a name: 110 & Bellevue.
Not sure…where…the name came from, as there really isn’t a 110 or a Bellevue in Pasadena.
But it’s a real restaurant.
Here you come up the escalator, as I’ve done a million times before, and saunter past the Cucina (where the Pizza’s are cooked), the Asian Food’s Section, with “Prepared Foods” way off in the background…
Head through the Wine Section, and you’ll be facing a glass and steel enclosure, within the Brick and mortar enclosure that is the store, and you’ll find it.
After that, it operates just like a normal restaurant. Ask for a table, sit down, go to work.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, I got the Dry Rubbed Pork Chop. This…shocked me, s-h-o-c-k-e-d me with how good it was. Perfectly cooked, inside and out. It had a nice, nice flavor to it. The dry rub, whatever it was, brought out only the best in the meat. They came up with their own sauce, and set it on a bed of mashed potatoes. In a way, a Pork Chop with Potatoes is a bit of a plain, un-extraordinary meal, but…this? This was just damn good through and through.
Alongside the Pork Chop, I got the Kale Salad, or should I say: Ruffage Mountain.
Look at this thing. It was listed under “Appetizers”, and it looks like it can feed two easily. The Kale was fresh and beautiful. You can expect that from Whole Foods in general. It was tossed evenly with dressing, flakes of dried parmesan and really good croutons. It was a really good, straight ahead salad. Tasty…but huge.
Well, I needed some vegetables tonight. I think I’ve had my share. I’ve had more than my share.
I also got a Blood Orange Soda, made at the bar. A little expensive but nice. The occasionally bitter flavor of Blood Orange isn’t there. It’s just not too sweet, very light, ice cold refreshing little spritzer Just what I needed.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Other that the location, nothing too odd about this place. I don’t think you can bring your shopping cart inside the walls of the restaurant, though. You can park them outside. Like I said, all the walls are glass, so you can see where your it is, if you need to.
PARKING: Easy enough. The Whole Foods in Pasadena sits atop a two level underground garage. Parking is free, but it can get massive crowded during peak hours. Straight after work, mid-day Saturday and Sunday are peak hours. You have been advised.
110 & Bellevue
465 S. Arroyo Parkway, 2nd Floor
Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel: (626) 204-2266
Daily: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm