Watching the two-hour-long Rose Parade in Pasadena’s morning chill can make folks pretty hungry. Fighting traffic or waiting in a long line for the train while one’s tummy is growling isn’t the best way to end the morning, so consider stopping at one of the many restaurants that are within walking distance of the Rose Parade.
Many of the eateries along Colorado Blvd. close for the Rose Parade, but some stay open or open immediately after the parade. Courtesy of the Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau, here is a list of restaurants close to the Rose Parade route that will be open for lunch after the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2013. Restaurants that do not reopen until evening are not listed.
Keep an eye out for vendors selling pre-packaged food, as well. Last year, your Tournament of Roses Examiner got an excellent sandwich from Happy Trails Catering at a table set up next to their store on S. Fair Oaks Ave. across from the Del Mar Gold Line Station.
Restaurants that are open 24 hours to provide overnighters with victuals are marked with an asterisk*. Restaurants are listed west to east along the Rose Parade route. For directional purposes, Colorado Blvd. divides north and south addresses, and Fair Oaks Ave. divides east and west.
This being Southern California, almost all restaurants have vegetarian options.
Pappa Rich, 100 W. Green St.
Le Pain Quotidien, 88 W. Colorado Blvd.
Gyu-Kaku, 70 W. Green St. (opens 11:30 a.m.)
Brothers Pies & Fries, 36 W. Colorado Blvd.*
Crème De La Crepe, 36 W. Colorado Blvd.
Il Fornaio, 24 W. Union St. (opens 11:30 a.m.)
Aux Delices, 16 W. Colorado Blvd.
Bella’s Gourmet Pizza, 16 N. Fair Oaks Ave.*
Russell’s, 30 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Tortas Mexico, 90 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Central Park Café, 219 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Saladang/Saladang Song, 363 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Lucky Baldwin’s, 17 S. Raymond Ave.
Red, White & Bluezz, 70 S. Raymond Ave.
Choza Mama, 90 E. Colorado Blvd.* (closes at 11 a.m.)
Barney’s Beanery, 99 E. Colorado Blvd.
Ixtapa Cantina, 119 E. Colorado Blvd. (opens after parade is over)
Seafood Grill, 124 E. Colorado Blvd. (opens 11 a.m.)
Central & Playhouse Districts
Houston’s, 320 S. Arroyo Parkway (opens 11 a.m.)
Margarita Jones, 541 S. Arroyo Parkway
Dona Rosa, 577 S. Arroyo Parkway
My Vegan Restaurant, 633 S. Arroyo Parkway #3 (opens 11 a.m.)
International House of Pancakes, 880 S. Arroyo Parkway*
Tiffany’s Coffee, 256 E. Colorado Blvd.* (closes at 1 p.m.)
California Pizza Kitchen, 99 N. Los Robles Ave.
McCormick & Schmick’s, 111 N. Los Robles Ave. (opens 11:30 a.m.)
Zona Rosa Caffe, 15 S. El Molino
Yahaira’s Café, 698 E. Colorado Blvd. (closes at start of parade)
Paseo Colorado (on Colorado between Marengo and Los Robles Avenues)
Camille’s Sidewalk Café
Island’s Fine Burgers & Drinks
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (opens at 11 a.m.)
Yard House Restaurant (opens 11 a.m.)
Lake Avenue District
Café 140 South, 140 S. Lake Ave. (opens 11 a.m.)
Corner Bakery, 345 S. Lake Ave.
Einstein Bros. Bagels, 605 S. Lake Ave.
The theme of the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter, with the high points being the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Keep following your Tournament of Roses Examiner for the latest news and for upcoming announcements.
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