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Around Town: Conrad's gone -- where to eat?

June 01, 2011|By Anita S. Brenner

Now that Conrad’s is closed, folks are wondering. Where to eat? Where will we eat at midnight?

Where will the Presbyterians eat after church?

Where will Paco go for lunch?

(Paco’s Barbershop is awesome. Confidential to Vons: We can survive without Hallmark and Conrad's, but please don't mess with Paco's!)

Now that the local Conrad’s is closed (although the Pasadena Conrad’s is still open), the dilemma continues. For breakfast, there’s always Dish, with homemade veggie patties, signature tofu white egg scrambles and home-grown pumpkins during pumpkin season. Plus, the prices are reasonable.

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There are some other world-class options close to home. For coffee in the morning (coming this summer) and dessert at night, there’s Leo Bulgarini’s world-class at gelateria in a run-down neighborhood across from the Altadena Sheriff’s station. The neighborhood may be iffy but the food is spiffy. Go the back way past JPL, take Woodbury to the east and then jig north to 749 E. Altadena Drive Altadena, CA 91001.

For lunch, do what the Queen of England does when she’s in town. Try the broiled swordfish, grilled halibut, macaroni, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, sour dough rolls, tartar sauce, sushi, cioppino, grilled salmon salad and Diet Coke at Fish King’s Gallery Deli in North Glendale. Fish King is where the Queen’s royal ship chef re-stocked during the 1983 royal visit. Take the 2 to the 134 to the Glendale off ramp. Head north to 722 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91206. Take the 2 back to LCF at Mountain. Alas, Fish King closes at 7 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sundays).

What will we do for dinner, now that Conrad’s is closed?

The solution is a stunning surprise. As one person commented, “this restaurant is way too cool for Montrose.”

The restaurant is Bashan.

Bashan is not just way too cool, it is a labor of love. Chef Nadav Bashan and his wife, Romy, have created a jewel with an exquisite menu and intimate venue. The sound-absorbing wall and ceiling treatments result in a peaceful atmosphere.

I can’t wait to go back.

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