As the resident of Beautiful Altadena, you can participate at the Town Council and the Community Center meetings to listen to the neighborhood developments and voice your concerns.
The Altadena Town Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Altadena Town Council meetings are recorded and televised during the month on Charter cable channel 56.
The Land Use Committee is a standing committee of the Altadena Town Council. Purpose of the committee is to study and recommend important issues on zoning, codes, and other property and real estate issues concerning Altadena. Land Use Committee meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
The Traffic Committee is a special committee of the Altadena Town Council. The committee reviews and speaks about issue that are significantly relates to roads, byways, traffic and speeding issues. The Traffic Committee meets the first Monday of the month. Meeting is at 7:00p.m.
All meetings take place at the Altadena Community Center 730 E. Altadena Drive directly adjacent to the Sheriff’s Station.
Altadena is a community near the foothills with few restaurants locals can visit for a fun dining experience. To name a couple, there is Pinocchio’s on Lake Avenue (Pasadena) serving great pastas and pizzas and Amy’s Patio Café with tasty breakfast/lunch/dinner plates.
I have seen few restaurants come and go on the corner of Altadena Drive and Lake Avenue. One day, I noticed the location going through a renovation. Hungry for good eats, I was curious what was coming to the site. El Patron Mexican Food Restaurant, Yes, a wonderful Mexican Food Restaurant arrived to Altadena, and has been there now for 5 years.
The menu consists of the familiar tacos, burritos and combo plates which are all delicious. What to look for is “Especialidades De La Casa” which are the house specialties. Here are my favorites:
My favorite ~ The Chicken Mole at $9.99 is a plate of moist chicken with thick, brown mole sauce blended with many spices and gives you a kick in each bite. The Chile Verde at $9.99 is a satisfying dish with large chunks of pork marinaded in a flavorful green sauce.
For a satisfying small bite(s), go for the tacos. At $2.85 Al La Carte, you can try them with variety of meats. I tried Asada, Carnitas, and Pollo which were all great.
El Patron serves four kinds of in-house salsas aside from the regular fresh tomato salsa. These four salsas or sauces come in different range of heat, and colors. Dark brown, bright green, orange, and red. Make sure to ask for them at the table. Burritos offer a large meal with a generous amount of meat, rice and beans. El Patron uses Frijoles which are cooked pinto beans rather than re-fried beans.
The seating is rather limited. There are about 5-6 large tables and few tables for 2 guests. Expect a wait on Friday and Saturday. Order to go if you are in a hurry.
Feeling like great Mexican Food? Take a drive up Lake Avenue and check out El Parton. I know you will love the small neighborhood atmosphere and of course the great food. MUY BUENO!
Did you know there are so many events going around in your neighborhood. February is month for Valentine. Want to learn Latin Dance? On February 8, there will be a free lessons are available at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, with complimentary wine, food, and DJ. Don’t miss the Chinese New Year Festival in San Mario Huntington Library, February 17-18. Check out more events and enjoy!