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Barneys Beanery Pasadena??

Foodandwine Apr 19, 2008 08:32 AM

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. trolley RE: Foodandwine Apr 19, 2008 09:56 AM

    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.

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      FIGHT_ON RE: Foodandwine Apr 19, 2008 10:05 AM

      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.

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        Diana RE: Foodandwine Apr 19, 2008 10:32 AM

        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. Foodandwine RE: Foodandwine Apr 20, 2008 07:54 PM

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

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            trolley RE: Foodandwine Apr 20, 2008 09:11 PM

            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. ipsedixit RE: Foodandwine Apr 20, 2008 09:30 PM

            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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              Diana RE: ipsedixit Apr 21, 2008 06:01 AM

              Or even Buca Di Beppo!

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              andytseng RE: Foodandwine Apr 21, 2008 11:43 AM

              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.

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                Diana RE: Foodandwine Apr 21, 2008 12:12 PM

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

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                  slacker RE: Foodandwine Apr 21, 2008 01:40 PM

                  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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                    andytseng RE: slacker Apr 21, 2008 02:33 PM

                    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.

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                      Foodandwine RE: andytseng Apr 21, 2008 03:43 PM

                      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

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                        slacker RE: Foodandwine Apr 21, 2008 04:52 PM

                        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.

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                        slacker RE: andytseng Apr 21, 2008 04:54 PM

                        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.

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                          andytseng RE: slacker Apr 21, 2008 08:16 PM

                          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.

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                      SeaCook RE: Foodandwine Apr 21, 2008 04:03 PM

                      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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                        Diana RE: SeaCook Apr 22, 2008 06:46 AM

                        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.

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