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Looking For Reviews Of Robin's Woodfire BBQ (Pasadena)

Norm Jan 13, 2002 08:05 PM

I am looking for reviews of Robin's Woodfire BBQ and Grill in Pasadena. Robin's just got a positive review by Meredith Brody in "New Times."

Does Robin's serve real BBQ or is it like Tony Roma's? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    richey w Jan 15, 2002 12:20 PM

    robins started as an upscale coffee shop in an old lawrys "totinos" italian idea. recently switched to bbq. i went early in their reincarnation and was not impressed. three different sauces, all lousy. meat was fair. they offer beef ribs, st. louis and baby back cuts. i told waitress then they were doomed to failure because a true bbq lover would find them mediocre at best. they're still around, still have all you can eat nights, serve more than just bbq: burgers, pizza, chili, etc. i still go there but not for bbq. check out the la chowhound bbq tasting for best in city. robins would not make the list.

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      Chino Wayne Jan 14, 2002 12:23 PM

      Robin's just off Foothill in Hastings Ranch used to have one of those all you can eat fried chicken deals, years ago. Sounds like that concept didn't work, and that this barbeque idea may smoulder also. (Clue: sniff and look for smoke, if you can't smell smoke outside the restaurant during the day, then what are they using for a "barbeque"?)

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      1. re: Chino Wayne
        Chris G. Jan 14, 2002 02:34 PM

        In Robin's case, probably a microwave.

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        Steph P Jan 14, 2002 11:04 AM

        Based on a food review on the net, a
        friend and I went to Robin's last year
        and we were not impressed. They have a
        deal on Mondays or something for all you
        can eat ribs. I tried just ribs, which
        was mediocre, and my friend
        had a chicken and ribs combo that wasn't
        too hot. If this is the place near Foothill,
        then the restaurant kinda looks like Bedrock from
        the Flintstone's. (except bright red)

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          soccerdad Jan 13, 2002 09:04 PM

          I've not been there, although I have found that her reviews are pretty much spot on, once you wade throught the godson/movie/I don't have a car/ bullshit.

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