A stylish tapas bar positioned in the vast conceptual space between the Bazaar by José Andrés and old-line places like La Paella. The menu is best where it's Basque.
119 W. Green St., Pasadena, (626) 396-3090, racionrestaurant.com
Pintxos, $6-$8; small plates, $7-$9; larger plates, $4-$18; steak, $36; desserts, $7-$8
Open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays. Credit cards accepted. Beer and wine. City lot parking around the corner.