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Barneys Beanery Pasadena??

Every other month 6 friends of mine get together for dinner. We have been doing this for 8 years or so. One guy whom lives in Sierra Madre ( his turn to decide ) just let us know that we are eating at Barneys Beanery this Monday Night. What do you think? We normally go to much nicer places, am I missing something here??

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  1. barney's beanery is my husbands favorite place to drink a beer and watch the steelers game in pasadena. i have to agree that it's a great place just for that and only that. the several times i've gone with him and his buddy to watch the game i've tried the following. the burger; meh, i've had much better. pizza; too much cheese and greasy and just blah! chicken wings; once again i've had better like at big wangs. huevos rancheros; not bad, obviously had better. i've learned to set my bar lower when i go here b/c it's beer and sports first then the food. i'd stick to burgers, fries, and onion rings.

    1. I've had the fish and chips here and the fish was actually pretty good.... chips were a bit soggy for me. Great place to share with friends.

      1. Tell em to take you to Lucky Baldwin's for the Barleywine fest instead. Better beer, food is OK. Atmosphere is less "almost a chain"

        1. Not looking good... anyone else have anyting to say?? TIA..

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          1. re: Foodandwine

            what kind of evening are you looking for and how much are you looking to spend. you mention you usually go to nicer places...where would that be? parkway grill?

          2. Well, Barney's Beanery certainly has the most wide-ranging menu.

            Maybe your friend is just trying to pick a place that offers something for everyone?

            You could certainly do worse in that area of Pasadena, such as Buca di Peppa ...

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Or even Buca Di Beppo!

            2. It's not really a proper dinner place, and doesn't sound like it fits the bill of what you and your friends usually do. But I guess it will be more calm on a Monday night.

              1. also think about the Delerium Cafe in Sireea Madre, and offshoot of Lucky Baldwin's

                1. I hate Barneys Beanery. The floor is sticky, the food is big fat and gross. Maybe your friend meant Barneys LTD??? Further west on Colorado, same side of the street, and better food, and also extensive menu.

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                  1. re: slacker

                    Hopefully that is it. Even though I'm not a fan of Barneys Limited, it is much better than Beanery. The food isn't good at either place though.

                    1. re: andytseng

                      Update: Thanks for all of your feedback. One member of the group had spoken up and the host changed the Venue to Smittys Grill. Looks much better than the former.. Thanks

                      1. re: Foodandwine

                        Ohhhh, I hate Smitty's too. Apparently some folks here just love it. But I just hate big food from cans, overloaded with salt. That was my experience anyway.

                      2. re: andytseng

                        I disagree about Barneys Ltd, as far as their turkey dip goes. I love their turkey dip, one of the best I've had. Also, their housemade potato salad is excellent. Plus I had breakfast recently at the Sierra Madre location, and that too was very good.

                        1. re: slacker

                          I just wish they would shrink their menu down to like 20-30 things, because I actually enjoy watching sports there. They have a cheesecake factory-sized menu in a tiny spot.

                    2. Lucky Baldwon's food is awful! If you want good beer and pub grub go to Brits on Colorado Blvd. near Allen. Nicer atmosphere. Don't be put off by the motto "Warm Beer-Losy Food" Nothing could be further from the truth. I really like their steak & mushroom pie. Nothing like the watery version at Lucky Baldwins.

                      The other place I would reccomend is unfortunately not open on Mondays. It's called Lily's Cuban Buffet. All you can eat Cuban Food! And very good Cuban food!. The buffet is only for lunch during the week but all day during the weekend it's all day. It's a good way to sample Cuban cusine.

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                      1. re: SeaCook

                        Lordy, not Brits. The beer selection just PALES in comparison.

                        I gotta admit, most of Lucky B's food is pretty standard pub fare, and not spectacular. But the huge variety of amazing beer and OK food is allright.