PASADENA: Paul Martin's
I absolutely love Pasadena. I find it quaint with some fun shopping areas and great food. Also, let's talk about how they have an 85degrees now! I also got my wedding dress there so it holds a bit of nostalgia for me.
Willy and I recently stopped by to try out Paul Martin's American Grill. I had little expectations because American cuisine doesn't rank at the top of my favorites. I was pleasantly surprised by not only the restaurant itself, but by how good some of the items were!
We started our meal off with one of my personal favorite appetizers, calamari. I feel like if a restaurant butchers calamari, then it says a lot about how the rest of my meal is going to go. Thankfully, this was delicious and the two dipping sauces were perfect. I love me cocktail sauce but the creamy aioli breaks it up.
COLUMBIA RIVER STEELHEAD SANDWICH ($15) grilled salmon, arugula, housemade pesto aioli
SUNDAY PRIME RIB ($33) field green salad, hand cut prime rib, mashed potatoes
"BRICK" CHICKEN ($23) free range chicken, mashed potatoes, za'atar croutons, herb jus
MAC N CHEESE ($7) tillamook 2 yr aged white cheddar, La Quercia prosciuttto
PAN ROASTED CAULIFLOWER ($6) garlic confit, lemon, fresh parmesan
My absolute favorite dish was the BRICK chicken. The chicken was delicious and tender and the saucey croutons made for a perfect bite. I don't tend to order Prime Rib so I'm not sure if me taking photos made the food cold or if it was served that way? Flavor wise it was good but no match for my chicken!
THREE MUSHROOM VEGGIE BURGER ($14) vegetarian mushroom patty, dressed arugula, fresh pesto aioli
By far, the best veggie burger I've had in a while. I love mushrooms and this patty is basically just an explosion of yummy mushrooms. Definitely check it out if you get a chance!