For a quick and reasonably healthy lunch in downtown Pasadena, try Pita! Pita! (927 E. Colorado Blvd., #101, 626/356-3099, $8–10). This walk-up Greek place offers tasty meals with lots of fresh veggies that fill you up without emptying your wallet in the process. If you eat in, you can find your own seat on the uncovered tables in the narrow dining room with its worn tile floor.
Fill up your own cup with soda or water while you wait for your pita wrap or falafel and hummus plate to be made up. If you’re in a hurry, order your food to-go; the pita wrap sandwiches are big and a bit juicy, but properly wrapped they can be reasonably sidewalk-friendly.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition