Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Parkway Grill

For our 8th anniversary, we had dinner at Parkway Grill on Monday night. I haven't been there in a few years but we frequent other Smith Brothers establishments and Parkway did not disappoint. I've sometimes joked that one of my spiritual gifts is ordering off a menu and I struggled last night to make my choice - everything looked so good. But, here's what was for meat:

For appetizer, we had the flatbread with pears, walnuts, and cambazola cheese. Then, we shared a roasted beet salad with Humboldt Fog, micro arugula, and candied hazelnuts. I had one of their daily specials - halibut over parmesan risotto and ratatouille with a sweet chili sauce and my husband had a Kobe rib-eye with basil mashed potatoes and baby carrots. Dessert was amazing. Him - meyer lemon tart with meringue and pistachio ice cream. Her - s'mores with homemade marshmallows, dark chocolate, thin graham crackers over vanilla bean and raspberry sauces.

Recently, I heard that Parkway was doing a cooking class featuring ingredients from their Organic Garden that's on their property (you can see it from Marengo better than from Arroyo) but by the time I called, it was full. Has anyone gone to this?

At dinner, part of our romantic musings was our list of top Pasadena restaurants. A couple of our favorites are Derek's, Cafe Verde, Celestino, Sushi Roku, Gale's, and Smitty's. What are your favorite Pasadena restaurants?

13 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary!

    Well, this is favorite spot for sure. I liked the restaurant at the Ritz (when it was the Ritz). Stoney Point (guess that's more Eagle Rock), uhmmm, let me think.

    (I'm a This American Life addict. It goes hiking with me.)

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  2. One of our favorites is Red, White and Bluezz. That's where we dined on Sunday for our 6th anniversary. They're doing summer tasting menus that are a steal. My four-course meal cost less than Dan's steak! They recently hired a new chef so everything on the menu has undergone a face-lift.

    We really like La Grande Orange Cafe at Del Mar Station for a more casual, but excellent quality meal (gotta try the deviled eggs).

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  3. We'll have to put Stoney Point and La Grande Orange on the list to try - we liked the Ritz in the past too but haven't been as impressed with breakfasts at the Langham. Love Red White & Bluezz - happy anniversary, Nicole.

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  4. Well, you celebrated right! Humboldt fog...I'm growing more and more addicted to the stuff.

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  5. Oh! And when you go to La Grande Orange, be sure to have the sangria. Very yummy.

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  6. Yeah, that Humboldt Fog can be dangerous! Sangria - now I'll definitely have to try it. Firefly Bistro in South Pas has good sangria.

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  7. Stoney Pt is in EaglesRock?? News 2 me. When did this happen, KB?

    Some favs in SGV: Din Tai Fung-Arcadia, Gus's BBQ-SoPasa, EuroPane Bakery Cafe-Pasadena, Cafe Verde-Pasa, Marstons-Pasa, President Thai-Pasa on Rosemead Bl, Golden Deli Vietnamese-San Gabriel, Green St Rest-Pasa, IndoKitchen-Alhambra, Sabor-Pasa, Central Park Cafe-Pasa, Yahaira's-Pasa.

    Well, that's for starters, so I'll stop.

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  8. I am a sucker for Parkway Grill's s'mores. Always.
    Have you been to Shiro's in South Pasadena? Another great special occasion place--

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  9. CP - knew you'd be up for weighing in on this one. Good ideas.
    Desiree - no, but my husband has a long time ago. I always see it in the Zagat and then forget about it when the occasion comes up.

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  10. I'm a big Shiro's fan too. I almost always choose to go there for my birthday and almost always order the whole catfish with ponzu dipping sauce.

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  11. Will said he you have to go to Gus' BBQ in south pas. He said it's been completely redone. I like Sushi Roku, Le Pain Quotidien and we just ate at red white and bluezz. Good wine but only one vegetarian choice on the menu.

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  12. Agree with Lisa re Gus's BBQ.

    Sounds like it may bee time 4 me 2 organize another of the greet/meet/eat gatherings for loco bloggers at a loco eatery. Last time was back in Jan.

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