Pasadena >Food & Dining > 140 Cafe
140 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.143308 -118.132273
Sun-Thu 11am-10pmFri-Sat 11am-11am
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Not that Good – We decided to try Crocodile Cafe after walking past full dining tables on evening strolls. We knew it was a chain restaurant but the crowds drew our curiousity. The burgers tasted like they had been marinated in liquid smoke and the buns were cheap and fell apart. The fries were extremely salty. The meat in the BBQ pork sandwich was good but the presentation of the dish was a hot sloppy mess on a hard hoggie bun. It was very busy and took nearly 45 minutes to receive any food. Save your money eat at home.
A place I want to like, really.. – I like the location, it's so Californian, it's what I used to watch on TV in New Jersey and think "That's what California is about, sunshine and hot chicks! I'm moving there!" Oh forgot, I'm married, ahem, "That's what California is about, sunshine and friendly people!". The food isn't bad, it's clean and healthy, very fresh California Cuisine, I get the concept, what I didn't get is being in a table that obviously didn't belong there, it was if if they placed it in the middle of a model runway, except the wait staff are the ones strutting their stuff, and we're being bumped around like airline passengers in heavy turbulence.
.I like the food, I want to go there again, I'd just wish they'd either expand it , or give more space for the patrons.
good selection. great for families – This restaurant is one of the better family dining chains. The food is probably the best of all its competitors(better than applebees, olive garden, sizzler, etc) and has more of an interesting selection of choices without over doing it. Great portions and decent prices. I would even choose this restaurant over its "nicer" neighbors smittys and green st because I think the food is better for what you pay - - I will go somewhere not a chain if i actually want fine dining.
Kinda bleah – Upon arriving & being seated, it took over 30 minutes to get any service, let alone drinks. When the food arrived, it didn't compensate for the lost time. To be honest, if I want to get pizza & American dining, I'd much rather go to CPK or D&B
Playful riffs on California cuisine are hit-or-miss at this family-friendly mini-chain. – The Scene
Wannabe wacky décor, exposed brick walls decked with modern canvases and an open kitchen with loopy tile mosaic set the stage for high school dates, family dinners and office workers' lunch breaks.
The Croc bridges the culinary generation gap. Mom and Dad can get eclectic with dishes like oakwood-grilled salmon bathed in a guajillo sauce while the kids can wolf down their beloved burgers and curly fries. Culinary epiphanies are unlikely but the food is consistent and the prices right, with most entrees hovering around $10. If you only try one dish, chow down on the three-section pizza, a chewy wood-fired crust layered with sections from the barbecue chicken, sausage and pepperoni and four-cheese pies. Occasionally, the fusion doesn't work--like the grilled Cuban chicken breast flecked with the vaguely Indian cinnamon and raisins, but usually it's fun, fast food.
Decent food, for a chain – I was invited here with a group as I normally don't eat at chain restaurants. For the money, the quality was pretty decent and I particularly liked our waitress as she was very friendly and checked in on us often. I had an iced tea and it was pretty good. My chicken was cooked well and flavorful. I'd come back.
Great Standby – I alway enjoy the Crocodile. You can enjoy a large variety of items and the service is always great. I especially like their iced-tea.
Good lunch spot – This Croc is like all the others, which is good when you only have 45 minutes for lunch. You can get in, order your favorite salad or entree knowing it will be the same every time. During lunch, the waitstaff are able to be speedy and friendly at the same time. Somthing not accomplished at other local restaurants. It's a great place to stop for lunch during the week, and it's a nice place to relax after shopping on South Lake.
The Croc Rocks! – Excellent everything. The atmosphere is fun and lively, though the design is circa 1980's. The food is consistently fresh and delicious and remains constant from location to location. The pizzas are incredible as are the salads. Actually, I've never had anything that wasn't amazing. The burger and fries are suprisingly good and don't miss the fresh-baked bread that is gratis (sometimes you have to ask for it.) Run by the same people who own Smitty's, Parkway Grill and Arroyo Chop House so quality is a given.
GOOD FOOD – Casuel, AWESOME food, good service & good for larger parties. They have outdoor seating which is nice on a hot day. It is a good place to take clients or just with some friends.
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