Unless you're one of "The Untouchables ", you won't need a "Bodyguard" to go to this "Field of Dreams," a sunny new restaurant in Pasadena's trendy Old Town district, that was founded actor by Kevin Costner and his wife Cindy. You won't need a "Postman" to deliver an invitation to this party, but you might feel like "Robin Hood" after paying the lunch bill, since this is one celebrity restaurant where the prices are fairly reasonable.
Twin Palms is hidden away behind a white, Mission-style wall, dripping with colorful flowers. Automatic sprayers near the gate cloud the entrance in an artificial mist. Inside the walls, you'll find an enormous open dining space, which is topped by a white parachute canopy in inclimate weather, and left open to the sky when the summer comes. Above it all tower the restaurant's namesakes: two huge, 100-year-old palm trees.
The outdoor patio recreates the ambiance of an elegant poolside party (without the pool) at some Mediterranean resort, replete with a "bathhouse " (which is really a small stage where live reggae bands make vibrant music), twin outdoor bars, and an open brick rotisserie where joints of meat whirl above glowing logs. At the dinner hour, the huge open area more closely resembles a festive town square in Southern France or Italy. Candles flicker on white linen, and wicker chairs invite one to relax.
Not only was Twin Palms built by an actor, it has also played host to quite a few Hollywood celebrities.
In both 2004 and 2005, the restaurant played host to the star-studded after-party for the People's Choice Awards (a logical choice, since the restaurant is only a few blocks west of the Pasadena Civic Auditoriu, where the annual awards show is held.
In 1997, Entertainment Tonight threw a post-Emmy Awards party at Twin Palms, hosting Emmy winners such as Helen Hunt ("Mad About You"), John Lithgow ("3rd Rock from the Sun"), Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files"), Dennis Franz ("NYPD Blue"), Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), Kelsy Grammer ("Frasier"), Ellen DeGeneres ("Ellen"), Roma Downey ("Touched By An Angel"), Kim Delaney ("NYPD Blue"), Hector Elizondo ("Chicago Hope"), Michael Dorn ("Star Trek"), Bette Midler, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Beau Bridges, Paula Abdul, Levar Burton, Sid Caesar, Michael Caine, Terry Farrell, Louis Gossett Jr., Mary Hart, Melissa Joan Hart, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce,Chris Rock, Raquel Welch and many others.
The food at Twin Palms (described by the owners as "French/Caribbean") is more of a rustic French/Italian/Californian mix. Expect to find cassoulet, a few pastas, rotisserie chicken with roasted garlic, pork loin, lamb shanks, rib roasts, and at lunch, unusual sandwiches, and pizzas
There's live music every night on the open patio at Twin Palms, with Swing on Sunday, jazz on weekdays, and pop/rock/soul on Fridays & Saturdays. Prices are moderate. There's also a gospel brunch on Sundays mornings.
Alas, following Kevin Costner's recent divorce (which reportedly cost him $40 million), the restaurant is now owned by his ex-wife, Cindy, who has also opened a second branch of Twin Palms, next to the Newport Fashion Island mall, not far from the Orange County Hard Rock Cafe.]
But that hasn't kept Kevin out of the restaurant business. He has opened a new place in Orange County's posh South Coast Plaza, called "The Clubhouse." It must be "For the Love of the Game"...
Getting there: The restaurant is located in Old Town Pasadena, at the northwest corner of Green Street and DeLacey Street), one block south of Colorado Boulevard and a block west of the Arroyo Parkway. Open daily. Validated valet parking is extra.
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