East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, May 9, 2013—HERE WE ARE in Pasadena again, visiting A Noise Within to see theater, and wondering where to eat a midday supper before the first of three plays. I asked Mr. Google, and he suggested a place in the next block, the highest scoring joint in town from sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon.
It turned out to feature Lebanese cuisine cooked by Armenians, and I have to say it was very tasty indeed. I had this plate of Khash-khash: ground lamb and beef mixed with plenty of garlic, served on a bed of stewed tomatos, with Antaki bread: pita stuffed with onion, parsley, pepper, and spices, folded and cooked on the griddle.
The meat was a rather loose sausage, nicely flavored and expertly grilled. The hummus was made in house, like everything else here, and the tabboule was one of the best I've tasted. We'll likely return.
Cabernet sauvignon, Fetzer (the only red on the list)• Sahara Café, 2226 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena; (626) 795-6900