We’re regulars at Sahara (http://saharapasadena.com/) - possibly because it’s within walking distance down Colorado, though we do like the food.
Our typical order from any of these restaurants usually includes a bunch of falafel, plus hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, and extra pita.
We’ve had take out from Deluxe Cafe & Lounge (http://www.deluxepasadena.com/) on Washington and weren’t thrilled: nothing was bad, but nothing was great. However, it may have been because we brought it home rather than eating there.
Raffi’s (http://www.yelp.com/biz/raffis-catering-and-banquet-pasadena) on E. Sierra Madre at Michillinda was very bland, both dine in and take out.
Babylon Cuisine on N. Sierra Madre (http://www.yelp.com/biz/babylon-cuisine-pasadena) was so smokey - thanks to the hookah and cigarette smoke from their patio - that we left before ordering.
Famous Shish Kebab (http://famousshishkabob.com/) has a great olivieh salad and good hummus; however, their falafel are not to our tastes - not sure if it’s a cultural difference, as they’re Persian, but very green and herbaceous. There’s nothing wrong with that, but not a flavor we crave.
What are we missing / where should we go (in Pasadena or very nearby, please!).
ETA: Bonus points if they make their pita in-house or at least offer a pita that fresh and not a dry, flat, stale disk!