Colorado Chow

(including Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Elements Kitchen and
Heritage Wine and Spirits
Off Colorado: Pasadena

Some bad news and some good news.

First two bits of bad news: I went by Elements Kitchen for lunch the other day on Fair Oaks and found that they are no longer plating and, instead are serving food in to-go containers. The food is still great but not as well presented as before. Second, I also found out that their plans to move to Eagle Rock are no more. I was really bummed to hear that. I was looking forward to having them in Eagle Rock. In fact, I was wondering why the "for lease" sign was still up on the Colorado building that they were supposed to move into.

And now for the good news: I found out that Elements Kitchen and Heritage Wine Company are working together now at the Heritage Wine shop location. There is some great food happenning at Heritage - including a Tasting Menu, Dessert Tasting Menu, Charcuterie and Cheese plates. The dishes are not your huge dinner portions, so you can try a bunch of different things and have some great wine too. Go check it out! Drop in for a drink or dinner.

I also heard that on occassional Mondays they do something special - like an oyster bar or a sushi/sake tasting. And apparently they are working on a Sunday Brunch. I signed up for their email lists so I can get the scoop.

This partner relationship just happenned like a month ago, so everything is new and evolving. I recommend checking it out and giving them some feedback. I leave you with some Osso Buco I had there the other day.

elements kitchen
107 South Fair Oaks Ave, Suite 110, Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 440-0100
Read Part I and Part II

Heritage Wine and Spirits
155 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 844-9333

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Brownstone Pizzeria
2108 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock is getting more exciting by the day. Just a few weeks ago, Brownstone Pizza openned its doors. As the name would suggest, they do a decent thin crust New York pizza.

The no-frills interior has a few tables but it certainly won't be featured in any interior design magazine. The staff are still working out the early business kinks but are super nice and appreciative of the customers.

It's great to have a close neighborhood pizza joint where you don't have to wait hours and you can get pizza by the slice. On top of that they use real mushrooms.

However, to be completely honest, if we are just focusing solely on pizza, I do have to say that, although its making some waves on Chowhound, I wouldn't personally classify this place as a food destination where people should drive accross town to get to. For me, I'd be more likely to drive to Larchmont Village Pizzeria.

Having said that, one of the great things is that Brownstone Pizza is located right next to the Colorado Wine Company. So the combination of the experience changes in a synergistic way. You can grab slices before, during, or after some wine/beer tasting.

I just hope that Brownstone Pizza can get the city to let them stay open later.

Brownstone Pizzeria
2108 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 257-4992
Mon - Sat: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm; Sun 3:30 pm - 9 pm

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