The Pasadena Whole Foods Market on Arroyo Parkway, the largest Whole Foods west of the Rocky Mountains, will open its first full-service restaurant on Friday. So if you're in the mood to sit down for a proper meal with a server — instead of your usual grab-bag dinner from the salad bar, sushi chef and pizza counter — you can.
The restaurant, called 110 & Bellevue (named for its cross streets), has taken over the space previously housed by the market's wine bar, Bar Level II, on the second floor.
Chef Joanna Ramos will helm the kitchen with a menu the market is calling "rustic California cuisine." Entrees include a kale Caesar salad ($8), Peruvian shrimp ceviche ($12), grilled salmon tacos ($14), grilled flatbreads ($9), a 14-ounce dry-aged rib-eye ($23) and brick chicken ($16).
Ramos is also preparing "snacks" with Sriracha-honey chicken wings ($9), Irish nachos with aged whiskey cheddar ($9) and fried pickles ($8). You can also order sandwiches and burgers, sushi, fries and more. (Your local Whole Foods as gastropub.)
For dessert: root beer floats, S'mores bread pudding, seasonal shortcake and buttermilk biscuits.
The 60-seat restaurant will offer 24 rotating beers on tap and more than 40 wines.
110 & Bellevue will have a grand opening celebration Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with live music and free glasses with a beer or wine purchase.
465 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, (626) 204- 2266, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/arroyo
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