L.A.'s backdoor escape

Altadena has concerts, mountains, and waitresses who know your name

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EAT:

Fox's Restaurant. WHAT: Good down-home food in a small-town setting. WHEN: Breakfast and lunch Tue-Sun. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 2352 N. Lake Ave.; 626/797-9430.

SHOP:

Webster's Pharmacy. WHAT: With mail service and boutique gifts, the family-owned pharmacy is Altadena's general store. WHEN: Daily. WHERE: 2450 N. Lake Ave.; 626/797-1163.

HEAR:

Saturday-night concerts. WHAT: Summer music series at outdoor amphitheater. When: 7 p.m. Aug 21 (Cody Bryant Show) and 7 p.m. Sep 10 (The Platters). HOW MUCH: Free. WHERE: Charles C. Farnsworth Park, N. Lake Ave. at Mt. Curve Ave.; www.altadenasheriffs.org/concerts.html or 626/296-2103.

DRINK:

Coffee Gallery. WHAT: Cozy coffeehouse that also offers acoustic performances Fri-Sun evenings in a separate room called the Coffee Gallery Backstage; reservations recommended. WHEN: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (visit www.coffeegallery.com for performance schedule). HOW MUCH: Show tickets from $13. WHERE: 2029 N. Lake Ave.; 626/398-7917.

INFO: Altadena is 16 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Call Altadena Chamber of Commerce (626/794-3988).

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