You can tell a lot about a place by its culinary scene; by the chefs who flock there, the local ingredients that inspire its menus and the international flavors that enliven its dishes. From old school haunts to future classics, here’s a look at five restaurants shaping the foodie scene in Pasadena.

MAESTRO - Helmed by Chef Danny Godinez, this sophisticated modern Mexican restaurant and Mezcaleria is housed in a charming Victorian building in Old Town. The menu is filled with vibrant, reimagined classics, like lamb barbacoa, seafood ceviche, mole chicken and scrumptious street corn that will transport you to Mexico City faster than you can say elote.

UNION - Offering a distinctly Californian interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine, this swank bar and restaurant is the perfect place for date night or Sunday supper with friends. Boasting a classic neighborhood restaurant vibe and amazing pasta dishes, Union was included on Jonathan Gold’s coveted 101 List and named “Number 2 Best Italian restaurant in L.A.” by Los Angeles Magazine.

THE ARBOUR - A true farm-to-table favorite in every sense of the word, this upscale local hotspot is led by husband-and-wife duo Ian and Nancy Gresik. The seasonal menu places an emphasis on fresh, local produce and classic flavors with an excellent, California-centric wine list and well-crafted cocktails to accompany the dishes.

BISTRO 45 - Celebrated as one of the best fine dining options in Pasadena, this French-leaning neighborhood mainstay features an elegant art deco dining room perfect for wooing clients or making that special someone feel extra so. From pizzas and salads to steaks and seafood, the menu is a true crowd pleaser—and they’re more than accommodating when it comes to big groups.

PIE ‘N BURGER - A Pasadena tradition since 1963, this old school eatery stays true to its name, with a modest menu focused on freshly baked pies and mouth watering burgers, along with classic American breakfasts, sandwiches, and sodas poured from the fountain. For an authentic experience, order a burger and side of fries and enjoy lunch at the counter—and don’t forget a slice of Dutch apple pie for dessert!