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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Decent, basically only Lake accessible without a car

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food in Pasadena is expensive, but good.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Handful of restaurants in the area give us decent variety. Not a lot of options late night.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: their are many places to buy food around the school area, and it is not just fast food. They have many sit down dining places in that area.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: For college students, there's not much food available after 9pm on the weekdays, which is when we're studying and actually want food. Otherwise, the variety of food is not very good. If you have a car, it's much easier to find good food in neighboring cities. I do have to say that Corner Bakery has great food and caters!

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Pasadena is nationally known for its assortment of restaurants and wide selection of cuisine. Though some of the restaurants in Pasadena may be too pricey for the average college student, the rest of the options aren't lacking in variety or taste. Pasadena has a McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Carl's Jr. There is also Tommy's, a California burger chain that some Caltechers are a tad obsessed with. Then there are places that are not quite fast food, but offer fast food-like prices such as President Thai, a Thai food restaurant. The food is inexpensive, good quality, and a nice break from campus food which can become extremely mundane. Pasadena also has diner-type places like Denny's, Carrows, IHOP, and few more that are good for a meal any time of the day. Getting off campus for a meal is usually fun and relaxing.

The more expensive restaurants, although less frequented by students, are nonetheless still accessible. Places like The Cheesecake Factory have great food and large portions, but they are farther away. There is also P.F. Chang's China Bistro, which is close to campus and has marvelous dining options. There are also many Japanese sushi restaurants in the vicinity of Caltech. There are so many eating places in Pasadena that few Caltechers have dined at all of them. However, Caltech students normally base their decision of where to eat on taste, price, and distance from campus.

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Student Favorites
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Carrow's
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Denny's
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Papa John's
  • Souplantation
24-Hour Dining
  • Carrows
  • Denny's
Best Asian
PF Chang's China Bistro
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
Best Coffee
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
Papa John's
Best Place to Take Your Parents
The Cheesecake Factory
Other Places to Check Out
  • Carl's Jr.
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Del Taco
  • Denny's
  • IHOP
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Jack in the Box
  • McDonald's
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

845 E. California Blvd.
(626) 449-3968
Daily 6 a.m.–12 a.m.
3601 E. Foothill Blvd.
(626) 351-8806
Daily 6 a.m.–2 a.m.
Trader Joe's
345 S. Lake Ave.
(626) 395-9553
Daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
2355 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 744-2615
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Whole Foods
3751 E. Foothill Blvd.
(626) 351-5994
Daily 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Burger Continental
Food: Fast food
535 S. Lake Ave.
(626) 792-6634
Price: $5–$15
Food: American
815 Fremont Ave.
(626) 799-0561
Price: $5–$10
Islands - Hastings Ranch
Food: American
3533 E. Foothill Blvd.
(626) 351-6543
Price: $5–$10
Islands - Paseo
Food: American
330 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 304-9050
Price: $5–$10
Noah's Bagels
Food: Bagels, deli
605 S. Lake Ave.
(626) 449-6415
Price: $5–$8
President Thai
Food: Thai
498 S. Rosemead Blvd.
(626) 578-9814
Price: $7–$10
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles
Food: Southern, cajun
830 N. Lake Ave.
(323) 466-7453
Price: $5–$10
Food: American
201 S. Lake Ave.
(626) 577-4798
Price: $5–$15
Zankou Chicken
Food: Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
1296 E. Colorado Blvd.
(626) 405-1502
Price: $8–$12

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 15 responses

  • 47% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 47% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 7% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 0% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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