Brunch: It’s What’s For Dinner At La Grande Orange

Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes

How many times have we all visited a diner in the wee morning hours with the express intent of soaking up the previous night’s libations? Never mind that it was actually just hours before – the reason we order breakfast foods is at least partly because we can. Oh, you rebel, you. But FOR dinner? Never before had I had breakfast foods served so generously and elaborately, period, until visiting La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena. They did not disappoint.

I have to give Miss Lindsay credit for calling it Brinner (Brinner is the new bacon with celebrity status). Edit: Okay, now she says it’s from Scrubs. And star treatment is what we got, with more food than we all knew what to do with. And I don’t mean to mislead here – so please remember this was a one-time occurrence and the brunch foods you see here are available only during brunch times.

I joined fellow bloggers – amongst them: Caroline on Crack, Lindsay and ShopEatSleep – in a group commute on the 6:28PM Metro Gold Line from Union Station up to posh Pasadena. (Oh, and while we’re on a roll, here, let’s go with Poshadena.) Those of you who want to try La Grande Orange any time of day but live further west, you’ll be happy to know that a Santa Monica location will be opening up soon.

When we arrived, we had samplings of their cinnamon rolls and deviled eggs – topped with basil – to tide us over. I went with a bloody mary with just the right amount of tabasco spice as my brinner cocktail, followed by two perfect Irish coffees. But when it came time to order from the special menu, my curiosity was piqued the most by the Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes (pictured above). I have to say, they were indeed delicious as well as fresh. The “cake” broke perfectly on either sides of my fork and the tang of the lemon was complimented by blueberries with just a little bit of sauce. Syrupped-to-taste. Delicious.

Huevos Rancheros

But what’s the fun of a blogger meet-up if you don’t share with others? Also on the brunch menu: A respectable Huevos Rancheros (above), Eggs Benedict (the hollandaise sauce of which could have been more impressive if not standard) and Malted Buttermilk Waffles. To top it all off, La Grande Orange served us a complete sampling from their dessert menu. There was a Lemon Meringue, a Blueberry Pie, a Sundae complete with toppings. Amongst others, that is – definitely peek the slideshow. There were some interesting selections – such as an Olive Oil Cake, and some standard – such as Red Velvet. My favorite, however, was a cucumber ice cream from Carmelo’s that was quite refreshing. I tried to have a bite of all desserts but by then I think I could have rolled home. 😉

As for lunch and dinner – I have yet to give that a try when their Santa Monica location opens up. In the meantime, if you’re ever in the Pasadena area during the first half of the day, be sure to hit up La Grande Orange for your brunch fix.

La Grande Orange
260 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 356-4444

Mon-Fri: 11AM – 10PM
Sat: 10:30AM – 10PM
Sun: 10:30AM – 9PM