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Food options at the conference

During both the tutorials and the conference, coffee, water, soft drinks and snacks will be provided, and there will be a reception on Thursday night.

Here, we list a few nearby food options you can consider for breakfast, lunch and other nights. Keep in mind this is a wiki page: if you know of a good place that's within walking distance of the campus, please add a link to it!

In this map of the campus that lists all relevant buildings for the conference, you'll find some of the food locations marked; Interactive and printable maps of the Caltech campus can also be found on Caltech's website:

  • The Red Door Cafe is in the Winnett Center (#51) right across the Olive Walk from Jorgensen Lab.
  • There is another cafe near the Broad Center (#96).
  • Chandler Dining Hall (#52) is next to the Red Door Cafe.
  • In the parking lot east of Moore and north-east of Powell-Booth there is a catering truck at lunch time. Sandwiches and Mexican food. Very good and very cheap. I don't know the hours exactly but someone with an office in Powell-Booth or Steele or Moore will know. Long lines form but the caterers pass along bowls of taco chips and guacamole.
Lovebirds Cafe & Bakery
Great healthy sandwiches, hot air fries, smoothies
921 E Colorado Blvd (between Lake and Wilson)
Pasadena, CA 91106-1721
(626) 583-8888
About a mile from Caltech from Caltech, 20 minutes walking

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
Lots of packaged salads and sandwiches to buy and enjoy on the patio
600 S Lake Ave (corner of California)
Pasadena, CA 91106-3955
(626) 396-9552
Less than half a mile from Caltech, 10 minutes walking

Peet's Coffee & Tea
Best... coffee... EVER
605 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA‎
(626) 795-7413
Less than half a mile from Caltech, 10 minutes walking

Amigo's Restaurant
Wonderful Mexican food dive. Hard to get more authentic in Pasadena
1076 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA‎ (corner of Wilson)
(626) 577-1307
Less than half a mile from Caltech, 10 minutes walking

El Cholo Pasadena
Check out the sweet corn tamales and the guacamole made at your table. Well worth it.
958 S Fair Oaks Ave (south of California)
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 441-4353
About 2.5 miles from Caltech, better to drive

Green Street Restaurant
Nice salads, burgers, and more.
146 Shoppers Ln (North of Cordova, off of Lake Ave.)
Pasadena, CA 91101-2618
(626) 577-7170

Half a mile from Caltech, 10 minutes walking

Smitty's Grill
Very, very nice.
110 S Lake Ave (North of Cordova)
Pasadena, CA 91101-2605
(626) 792-9999

Half a mile from Caltech, 10 minutes walking

Crocodile Cafe
Good food, reasonably priced.
140 S Lake Ave # 140 (North of Cordova)
Pasadena, CA 91101-4710
(626) 449-9900

Half a mile from Caltech, 10 minutes walking