Real Food Daily - Pasadena

Overall rating: 5.0 stars 11 Reviews
Opened on May 22, 2012, this is part of the Real Food Daily brand with locations in Southern California. All vegan food menu and vegan desserts. Spacious with tables as well as bar seating. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, American, Macrobiotic, Juice bar, Bakery, Take-out, Catering
899 E Del Mar Blvd (corner of Lake)
Pasadena, California 91106
626-844-8900
  • Outdoor seating
  • Accepts credit cards
reviews

Reviews

First Review by Ginita
ronitw
ronitw
29

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  • vegan

And Great ThanksGiving Food, Too!

5 Posted on 11 / 28 / 2013

We have been to this location a few times, it's the most convenient of Real Food Daily's locations and parking is easy and free or cheap, depending on time of day.
I had the Thanksgiving Sampler and it is fantastic. Glad to go there this time of year. At other times I sampled more of the menu and everything is always great.

Pros: Great food, Great service
VeganVegasGirl
VeganVegasGirl
3

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  • vegan

Fit for Non-Vegans

5 Posted on 10 / 03 / 2013

I took a new (2-day) vegan and picky non-vegan here this week. Rave reviews from everyone! We tried and shared many different things. Amazing mashed potatoes and gravy, which I normally never order (too unhealthy!) Great veggies and sauces too! Desserts were a little too high-fat and not as great as the main meal, which was superb, as was the service. Wish this place was closer (I'd be a regular!)

Pros: Nice restaurant feel, excellent service, Lots of choices
Cons: Pricey, Unhealthy desserts
dpuetz
dpuetz
3

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  • vegan

Pasadena fabulous Vegan resturant

5 Posted on 07 / 29 / 2013

My wife and I had two meals at this resturant and we very impressed; another fantastic place to eat, with some of the best service we have recieved anywhere. We would eat there almost every day if we could. What more can we say.

Pros: Selection, Service, Location
adora08
adora08
5

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  • vegan

Super Brunch!!!

5 Posted on 06 / 04 / 2013

I died and went to heaven! For the first time in 18 years I had French toast! It was light, fluffy and very tasty. Syrup was great. The Ava B scramble was fantastic and fresh. It did take them a while to get our food to us, and they are a bit pricey, but I'm willing to pay for that kind of yumminess. They also deliver! No limit on price, only a $5 delivery charge. I'm probably going to go broke and gain about 5,000 lbs but I'll die happy!

Pros: New , Excellent food, Knowledgeable friendly staff
Cons: Pricey, Took a while to get food, Pricey
Sonja and Dirk
Sonja and Dirk
273

reviews

  • vegan

good solid choice

4 Posted on 03 / 31 / 2013

We finally made it to their newest location as we were in Pasadena for the day. Easy parking and the restaurant is definitely the nicest and most spacious of the 3 locations. Service was a bit slow and forgetful though and the menu looked shorter than the other locations. We started with a strawberry milkshake and ordered the reuben sandwich and a basic 4 bowl for entrees. Our bowl had the seitan cutlet, garlicy greens, soba noodles and Spanish rice. We also shared a lemon poppyseed cheesecake for dessert and it was good, but it had a slight tofu aftertaste which seems the case each time we've tried them. RFD is a good solid choice and is the granddaddy of vegan restaurants, but it seems a bit pricey considering the many excellent vegan restaurants in LA now.


larryabailey
larryabailey
22

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  • vegan

Vegan with the Best in Pasadena

5 Posted on 08 / 15 / 2012

Having eaten at their Santa Monica Restaurant and had great meals, when visiting Pasadena their newly opened branch was on our radar. We were not disappointed in our light evening dinner, quite the contrary; in fact we went back for lunch a couple of days later! If you want to impress your guests on the excellence that vegan food can achieve, take them to 'Fresh Food Daily' in Pasadena.
The first evening, after driving all day from Sacramento, a large bowl of fresh Curried Carrot Soup (special of the day) was fantastic, relaxing and filling. I think ALL of the curry ingredients had to be fresh including the curry - what great flavors! For the lunch a couple of days later I had a vegetable wrap (Collard Greens wrapping freshly grilled vegetables with seasonings). Wow was it good!
If gluten free is a requirement, be sure to mention it to your waiter/waitress and you will be surprised at their knowledge of the menu ingredients. FDR's menu is extensive and exciting for vegan and GF patrons.

Pros: Excellent Food, Fresh, Great Menu
herbiejenny
herbiejenny
1

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  • herbivore

DeeeLish!!!

5 Posted on 07 / 29 / 2012

This was our first visit to a Vegan Restaurant. We absolutely loved it and will definitely go back! My husband ordered the Stir It Up and it tasted as great as it looked. I ordered the Fettucini Alfredo and it was very tasty as well (first time trying green fettucini). We shared a house salad which was ok, not as fabulous as the food but that's ok. We will try a different salad next time. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Before we left, the manager stopped by to see how our dining experience was and even gave us a free entree for our next visit! Can't wait to go back:)

Updated from previous review on Saturday July 28, 2012

Pros: excellent food, friendly & knowledgeable staff, convient parking
Cons: some items a little pricey
VegEm
VegEm
5

reviews

  • vegan

So many yummy choices!

5 Posted on 06 / 23 / 2012

I visited my brother in LA and he took me to this location. It had just opened so we were a bit disappointed they didn't have their liquor license yet, but the food was amazing and the service very friendly. I highly recommend the nachos.

Pros: Wide selection, friendly staff, good environment
gr8vegan
gr8vegan
545

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  • vegan

los angeles vegan staple

5 Posted on 05 / 27 / 2012

This new location is different compared to the santa monica and west hollywood ones. I would not recommend making the treck out here if those are closer. The interior is a littlelittle cave like in the back try to sit towards the door, with sound bouncing off the concrete floors making conversation and peace difficult. The vibe is hurried, but lively in a good way. The menu has hemp milk shakes, four kinds of lemonade and other subtle additions from the other RFDs. There is an outdoor seating area for those who wannt to bring their dogs. While not destination worthy as the other RFDs, the food is top notch and the service seems well trained. I'd still be a regular if I lived nearby. Suggestion: add carpets and lower music volume add artwork. Fabulous addition to Pasadena, combine with a trip to Huntington Garden for a fantastic Sunday
Updated from previous review on Sunday May 27, 2012

Pros: excellent food, lemonade / beer & wine, free parking (2hr) in back
Cons: noisey
Chia
Chia
589

reviews

  • vegetarian

Good Atmosphere and Food

5 Posted on 05 / 21 / 2012

Had heard about this RFD location opening on HappyCow and drove here over the weekend for lunch. It's a nice space, larger than their locations in Santa Monica and West Hollywood. Casual nice. Parking is just behind the restaurant.

The menu is the same as their other locations -- a mix of American, fusion, and some California-Mexican using fresh veggies, grains, tofu, tempeh, and seitan.

My friend and I shared:
- BLT tartine, that was yummy. Savory cripsy tempeh strip, slice of tomato, slice of avocado over veganaise and toasted bread.
- Caesar salad topped with BBQ tempeh cubes, salad was tasty, tempeh cubes ok.
- El Bandito Rojo, that was delicious. Tempeh filled enchilada with side of beans and Spanish style rice.

We didn't realize everything we tried had some tempeh involved until all the food had arrived!

For dessert we got the oatmeal raisin cookie and the cheesecake (vegan); the cake was delicious with a really interesting whipped cream top.

Overall a very pleasant dining experience. A great place to eat healthy, tasty food when in Pasadena.

Pros: nice space, good food selection, friendly service
Ginita
Ginita
15

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  • vegan

Mmmmm

5 Posted on 05 / 20 / 2012

Went to the opening for this last night and absolutely loved it! You can sit either inside or outside. The ambiance is very earthy, and the counter displays various desserts which all looked so tempting. Ann Gentry's cookbooks are for sale and include many recipes of the items they serve in the restaurant. At our table we shared the BLT Tartine appetizer which has perfect tempeh bacon and a little salad in the middle, and the Nori Maki with delicious ginger and wasabi. We also had the corn grain bread which was mixed with tempeh and had spreads that came with it, which was good and very filling. The RFD burger is not your typical veggie burger. The patty was soft and was more like a pulled-pork type of mock meat on a sourdough bun. The Fettuccine Alfredo was a spinach fettuccine with broccoli, red bell peppers and just a touch of pine nuts and the sauce was flawless! The other person at our table had the TV Dinner which was a meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy with vegetables. The meatloaf was ok, but then again I wasn't really a meatloaf fan back when I ate meat. The gravy and mashed potatoes were very good though. The Very Berry Cheesecake was the best vegan cheesecake I have tasted. My table absolutely loved it and they also served a chocolate cupcake which was a little dry for the others at my table, but I thought it was delicious. Staff was friendly and accommodating and atmosphere was relaxed despite the amount of people they were hosting. Appetizers average around $10, salads and entrees are about $13-$15, Burgers/Wraps are $11-15, Desserts range from $3-7. They have a large beverage selection, but its $4 for either iced or hot tea, which are the cheapest drinks on the menu and it just seems a little much for me. Overall it may seem pricey, but the portions are huge and we ended up taking a lot of food home. Parking is right around the corner on Shopper's Lane, just east of the restaurant. I hate going to Pasadena because of the parking, but this lot allows you to park free for two hours. There are so many options on the menu and everything we tried was made with such detail. They also have a catering menu and serve breakfast! Not too many places around here are open for breakfast, so that's unique. I will definitely come back here again.

Pros: excellent food, large portions, friendly staff
Cons: drinks expensive

 

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