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The Nite On The Town Card is an exclusive membership card that enables the holder to dine at a dizzying variety of the San Gabriel Valley's most popular restaurants at a discounted price.

Simply include your card when paying your check. If you are a party of two, one of your entrees (equal or lower priced) will be free or substantially reduced in price. If there are four or more in your party, two of your entrees will be free or reduced in price and you can visit each restaurant up to three times during 2011 and get a great discount each time

Periodically, readers save $5 off the $30 price of the card.  Check back for savings.

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Beckham Grill, La Fiesta Grande, El Portal, Stoney Point, Radhika, Firefly Bistro, Cafe Mundial, Central Park, Matt Denny's, 1810, Cha Da Thai, Dish, Italian Kitchen, Bella Sera and dozens more. 

Click here to view the complete list, and to see the discount each restaurant offers to Nite On The Town Card holders.

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You can also find our Dot Com Dining columns weekly in the San Gabriel Valley Weekly (print media), Mountain Views Newspaper (print media and online), and SierraMadreNews.Net (online)

View the Connal's Menu

Connal's is at 1505 E. Washington Blvd, in Pasadena

Staff  hard at work in the kitchen

Corn dog and a bowl of chili, under $3.50 plus tax


Pastrami sandwich

Double bacon cheeseburger

Club sandwich, fries and beverage combo

Fried Zucchini

Philly Cheesesteak

Connal's Special (fresh lemon, fresh lime, wild cherry syrup and sprite or coke

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by        

Connalís Burgers, Salads and Subs Ė a Worthy Landmark, A New Habit  By Bill Coburn 

You know, itís funny what creatures of habits we humans are.  Iíve spoken with several people this week, who told me that they, like me, just donít go north of Foothill Blvd. when they go to Pasadena.  That may be because weíre coming from Sierra Madre, northeast of most of Pasadena, so when we get down off the hill, we just donít think to go back up once weíre in Pasadena.  Well, I found out recently that Iím missing out on a lot due to this habit.  I had heard about a place called Connalís, advertised as ďa Pasadena landmark since 1958,Ē and didnít know how I could have missed this landmark.  Then I found out it was on Washington Blvd., and realized why.  I just donít usually get up in that neck of the woods. 


So I left Sierra Madre, went down to the freeway, got off at Lake, since I wasnít quite sure how far west I had to go (itís just east of Hill, actually), and went up to Washington.  I went east on Washington, and found the place (1505 E. Washington Blvd, (626) 794-5018), with a big sign that said ďSandwiches by Connal.Ē  It was early in the morning when I went, so instead of having a sandwich, I had a breakfast burrito, which was egg, cheese, bacon and hash browns on a flour tortilla.  It was big and tasty.  I donít usually like potatoes in my breakfast burrito, but there was just enough that I knew they were there, but not enough to overpower the bacon, egg and cheese.  I noticed when I was ordering that Connalís menu doesnít stop with food, though, they have a large beverage menu, including flavored sodas, malts, freezes, floats and shakes.  I had a strawberry shake (after drinking my milk, because I need milk with breakfast, another one of those silly human habits).  The strawberry shake left me wanting more.  But the big surprise came when I was going home.  I decided to follow Washington, and it turns out that Washington ends up bringing me back to Sierra Madre Blvd., not far from Sierra Madre.  By using this route, I can get back to Connalís in about half the time, and travel less than half the distance.  Again, habits (and failure to look at a map) can cause us to miss out on a lot.


Since then, Iíve returned to Connalís twice, both times with the family.  I tried the double bacon cheeseburger with frings (French fries and onion rings) the first time, Katie had a pastrami sandwich, and Keelan had a corn dog with a side of chili (you can order chili with or without beans).  We were all quite pleased with our meals.  And the portions were more than generous, especially at the prices we paid.  Connalís makes their own 1000 island, and the burger was fresh and filling.  The size of the cup of chili, for just $1.79, compares to bowls of chilies Iíve paid $6.00 and more for in restaurants.  The frings were enough for all three of us, and Katie had enough sandwich to take home half to eat later.  She was especially pleased that slice their pastrami thin, like she likes it, and when you get two meals out of a sandwich that cost less than $5.00, youíre doing good.  When you do that and you really like the sandwich, youíre doing great.  We thought we did great.  By the way, I also tried the Connalís Special, a soda that includes fresh lemon, fresh lime, and wild cherry syrup.  I ordered it in Sprite, but you can get it with coke.  This was cold and refreshing, and while I didnít expect Katie to like it, she told me the next time we went that she had been wanting one of her own all week.


When we went back tonight, I had the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, and Katie and Keelan and I split the Club sandwich combo special (comes with fries and a medium drink, which I took), while Keelan and Katie split the rather large order of fried zucchini.  I forgot to mention, we ran into some friends the first time we went, and never having been there before, they ordered an order of fries each.  They wonít do that again, one order would have been enough.  So anyway, I got the fries and soda, Katie had the Connal special to drink, to satisfy her craving, and Keelan had a chocolate peanut butter shake.  Thatís right, a chocolate peanut butter shake.  I told you their drink menu is an attraction in its own right, they have pineapple-banana shakes, chocolate banana, coconut-pineapple shakes, and quite a few other not so common concoctions.  Once again, we were all quite happy not only with the taste of the food, but the generous portions.  I recommend Connalís highly.  Itís a good place to eat, and weíll be making it a habit to do so often.  You can find their menu at


I stopped by Cafť Mundial in Monrovia the other day, and they have an upcoming wine/dinner event you might want to check out.   Steltzner Vineyards will be featured, with hostess Allison Steltzner heading the festivities on June 14th.  There will be a meet and greet reception at 6pm, with the eveningís one dinner seating taking place at 7pm.  There will be hors díoeuvres, a 5-course dinner (menu TBA), and 5 Napa Valley wines featured.  The whole evening will cost $69 plus tax and gratuity, and seating will be limited, so call Cafť Mundial at (626) 303-2233 to get your reservation in now.


I also stopped by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce mixer a little while back, which was held in the building that used to be the Raven and The Rose, then it was Sunset Sierra Madre, most recently it has been Tailgatorís Mexican Grill/Sportsbar.  But it will soon be undergoing a major transformation, including a new patio dining area that will have a breathtaking view of the mountains behind Sierra Madre.  Owner Consuelo Lopez was telling me that they will be bringing the best of their popular Peppertree Grill (also in Sierra Madre) to this new location, and keeping some of the favorites from the Tailgatorís Mexican menu.  Iíll let you know when theyíre getting close to their Grand Opening.


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