Did you know? Friends find reviews that are two sentence or more the most helpful.
A great suburban getaway that's just a short daytrip from central L.A. Numerous outdoor cafes, amazing views, some nice hiking and you can reach it by the Yellow Line if you don't feel like driving. I nice, slow place to occasionally escape to, Sierra Madre has the rare distinction of receiving an "All-American City Award," a perfect fit for it's small-town Americana vibe.
The service? Spotty (friendly, but seemingly understaffed.) The food? Uniformly solid but somewhat overprice. So what does this place have going for it? Atmosphere. Seemingly unchanged for the last 40-50 years (right down to the jukebox in the corner, this is the perfect place to take an out-of-towner looking for a taste of classic California culture. It's also an excellent (if quite crowded) spot for weekend brunch.
This thrift store is absolutely cavernous, with a massive selection of clothing, appliances and just about anything else you can get second hand. However, over the last couple of years, the store's growing popularity has been met with a steady increase in prices. You can still find deals, but it's going to take some searching.
Is this L.A.'s coolest theatre? Quite possibly. Double features from legendary directors, obscure films, rare prints, amazing guest speakers (I saw Richard Linklater introduce a pair of Tobe Hooper flicks here)...not to mention the fun atmosphere.
The screening room is decked-out with portraits of silent-era stars, the theatre itself is a throwback to the old Hollywood days, and the midnight screenings are rowdy and social. Curators the Cinefamily are world-class film lovers who keep the calendar rich with classics, cutting-edge indies and forgotten gems.
Highly recommended for those interested in old California culture, the neighborhood houses literally hundreds of the area's oldest and most endearing bungalows. Driving through this historically significant and aesthetically pleasing Pasadena locale is like being transported back to early-20th century L.A.