I’ve been to the Rose Parade every year for as long as I can remember. Tradition has it that we all to go my in-law’s home afterwards for our favorite meal of the year, including Honey’s famous potato salad. But I can’t invite all 700,000 or so spectators to the house, so here are some great eateries on and around the parade route, some Pasadena mainstays and some newly opened hotspots.
A number of restaurants close down the day of the parade but many are worth checking out in the days before and after the big event. Euro Pane Bakery has some of the best coffee, rustic pastries and egg salad sandwiches in the San Gabriel Valley. At Pie ‘N’ Burger, the classic 1963 diner on East California Boulevard, the burgers are fat and juicy and the flaky-crusted pies are heavy with fresh fruit or piled sky-high with meringue. (Pie ‘N’ Burger is closed Jan. 2, but open New Year’s Day.)