Last night, we attended the newest addition to Old Pasadena, called Red, White, and Bluezz on the N/E corner of Raymond and Green where Spencer’s used to be.Â From the street, it’s hard to determine how large the venue is until you go there and see that there’s a whole separate lounge area in the rear (entrance is on Green), which is where they have live bands on Thurs/Fri/Sat nights.Â Currently, the dining areas are not connected, but the plan is to eventually join them somehow — a common kitchen has access to both sections however.
I have to say the food there was much better than I had anticipated, although it was a bit on the pricey side.Â Between all of us, we had the following:
- Fried Mac’ N Cheese
- Duo Beef Sliders
- Maryland Blue Crab Cakes
- Their Signature Watermelon and Maytag Blue Cheese Salad
- Kobe Beef Burger
- Kurobuta Pork Chop
- Free-Range Airline Chicken Breast
I never would’ve thought I’d say this, but the salad was my favorite dish.
I also a wine flight called Monster Reds, which included:
- Snowden “Lost Vineyard” Cabernet
- Quivira Zinfandel
- The Gate Shiraz
I also had an individual glass of a shiraz, but can’t recall which one.Â Well, I did not like any of the wine I chose, and actually ended up switching my glass with Marcelo, since he ordered something which was better than what I had.
After our dinner, we walked over to the lounge area where a great 3-piece jazz band was playing, and ordered some drinks and dessert. (Note: if you are looking for a quiet dinner, or wish to have a conversation without having to yell or repeat everything, then I suggest staying in the main dining area.)Â They actually have a very nice selection of premium liquor, and even some good imported beer.Â I had a glass of Macallan 12 (they also have 18), and the Seasonal Berries in a Coconut Tuile Basket with a Grand Marnier Chantilly Creme.
Needless to say, I ended up leaving with a full stomach, but an empty pocket.