Intelligentsia

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This sleek new space is the Chicago coffee purveyor’s first café to offer meals with its high-grade caffeine. Heirloom LA, a catering company, does the cooking off-site, but you’d never know. For lunch you might find an herbal confit of halibut on a soft biscotto-like segment of bread or a mushroom ravioli that balances earthy and al dente. At dinner the chalkboard menu makes room for comfort foods like tender meat loaf atop creamy masheds and juicy pulled-pork sliders with a veil of smoked mozzarella and chile-flecked purple slaw. Desserts come from Cake Monkey (maker of a fine banana bread pudding) and Bottega Louie. Ordering at the counter can be awkward; unless you want their famous coffee with your meal, you’ll have to queue up again after eating. There’s a trio of beer taps coming soon, in case your double mocha leaves you jangled. » 55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626-578-1270 or intelligentsiacoffee.com). L-D Mon.-Sat.; brunch Sun. Beer and wine license pending. American Bistro     $-$$  

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