Monday, January 30, 2006
Taste test: Heirloom Bakery, South Pasadena
South Pasadena has several hot newish dinner spots (Firefly, Bistro de la Gare, Bistro K), but not all that many good breakfast places. The opening of Heirloom Bakery & Cafe (at the corner of Mission and Meridian) is a big step in the right direction, as well an excellent place to wait out a tennis lesson with the Sunday paper. As the name suggests, the emphasis is on baked goods, but there's also a full breakfast menu available with omelettes, other egg dishes and stone-ground oatmeal and granola. I ordered a breakfast sandwich which comes on the house-baked bread with scrambled eggs, cheese and bacon. (They could have mentioned that it also has tomato!) The coffee was strong and flavorful, and the sandwich worked well with the pain au levain bread. I also got a banana golden raisin muffin and a cinnamon roll for the family, both of which went over well. I don't think the baked goods are life-changing or anything, but it's a pleasant spot for a bite in the morning, and that oatmeal looked very warming. Oh, and there's also a nice selection of salads and sandwiches for lunch.
One warning: If you go early and have a low tolerance for toddlers making strange squeals, take the iPod.
807 Meridian Ave.
at 9:13 AM