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Pasadena Pizza Lovers Rejoice -Brownstone is HERE

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ilikefood Feb 14, 2009 01:25 PM

OK, there's been a Brownstone Pizza ( overall Chowhound consensus- excellent NY pizza) close by in Eagle Rock for over a yr, but now there's a branch smack dab in the middle of Pasadena on NE corner Colorado Blvd at Hill across fr PCC ( a misfit of delicious tastiness in between the inedible- Yoshinoya & Pollo Loco).
& They Deliver !!!
I'ved lived in Pasadena for 15 yrs and have never had delivery pizza. Not because I don't like pizza but because I don't like the pizzas available for delivery to me. (I didn't know the original Brownstone started delivery, incl to west side Pas, in Nov.) They've also added subs, salads, apps and pasta. I haven't tried anything but the pizza so I'll leave it to other Chowhounds to review those. But I'll gladly testify Brownstone's IS GOOD pizza !

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  1. Will Owen RE: ilikefood Feb 14, 2009 01:37 PM

    I'm not really sure I'm ready to trust the recommendation of anyone who calls our beloved EPL "inedible", but I'll give you the benefit of a doubt and give these guys a try. NOT on a school day, however...

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      ilikefood RE: Will Owen Feb 14, 2009 05:51 PM

      Will, But I'm correct about Yoshinoya - Right? My labeling EPL as "inedible" may be extreme but it's based on my last visit and the 1st thought that came to my mind when I saw the food I had ordered- "This is dried out shriveled pigeon." The tasting did not go uphill from there. Little meat, not that tasty- hence the "inedible". Since you brought it up, I will confess to being unfair to both Yoshi & EPL from the standpt that it's been a few yrs since I've eaten at either one. Maybe 1 or both has improved. More miraculous things have happened.

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        Will Owen RE: ilikefood Feb 16, 2009 09:54 AM

        The trick about EPL is to go when it's really busy. You will have to wait for your chicken, which is good, because that means it'll be right off the grill. Old EPL is like old Zankou or old Oinkster's or whatever - dry and mushy. That's why I prefer to brave the crowds at the one on Colorado instead of going to Rosemead, where I can get served right away.

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        Fru RE: Will Owen Feb 16, 2009 10:16 AM

        Having had a bad experience at the Eagle Rock location as a walk in trying to order a whole pie but not able to do so for an hour because just before I got there, there was a phone order that took up all the ovens, I can't imagine taking my chances at the new location. Like Will said, for sure NOT on a school day.... ilikefood, did you get it delivered or did you go in?

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          TailbackU RE: Fru Feb 16, 2009 10:18 AM

          so you're judging this place b/c of a bad timing issue? seems a bit unfair imo.

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            Fru RE: TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 10:32 AM

            For me, unfair is when I call before going...Anyway, it's my experience. I'm not saying don't go there.

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            ilikefood RE: Fru Feb 17, 2009 03:45 PM

            Fru, I went in and had a slice. The take-out I have picked up at Eagle Rock branch held up very well to my home in W Pas.
            As you know, time is of the essence when it comes to pizza. So that's one reason I'm excited about having a really good pizza available for delivery in Pasadena.
            As far as I know, Til Brownstone, there were no good pizzas available for delivery in Pasadena. Chounds, Please feel free to educate me if I'm wrong.

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              Fru RE: ilikefood Feb 17, 2009 07:36 PM

              I guess I could give it another shot especially since you can get a slice and get it delivered.

        2. ipsedixit RE: ilikefood Feb 14, 2009 01:58 PM

          Brownstone's is fine (at leas the Eagle Rock location), but in Pasadena I still prefer Tarantino's.

          1. Kevitivity RE: ilikefood Feb 15, 2009 01:36 PM

            My Experience with Brownstone was that it is almost exactly like Mama's Brick Oven (South Pas.). Decent thin crust pizza. I will def try the new Pasadena location.

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              Briggs RE: ilikefood Feb 16, 2009 11:58 AM

              Don't get your hopes up. It looks great, but most friends here in NE L.A. find it incredibly bland - as have a slew of 'hound reviews.

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                ilikefood RE: Briggs Feb 17, 2009 04:03 PM

                Briggs, 1st- This IS Chowhounds and we're talking pizza so there's bound to be some radical disagreement here and your tastes are yours- correct & right for you.
                BUT..... I do take exception to your stating "a slew" of reviewers found Brownstone bland.
                A search of Brownstone Pizza on the LA board pulled up 22 topics/threads. Eliminating duplicates from the same poster resulted in 25 distinct opinions on Brownstone's pizza- 22 favorable (many enthusiastic), 3 negative. Of the negative 2 (not including yourself) mentioned "bland" or similar words. Hardly a slew (def: large number).

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                  Briggs RE: ilikefood Feb 17, 2009 07:55 PM

                  Apologies about the "slew" comment - although I could swear I thought of the 'hounds here was negative. Oh, well...

                  Regardless, as much as we'd really love to even like Brownstone's since it's close to us, those in my circle that have been have not been impressed. Not lousy, just not incredible.

                  Still, might give the Pasadena location a try.

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                thenextguy RE: ilikefood Feb 16, 2009 12:17 PM

                I had never heard of it, but I stopped by for lunch today because of this post. I thought it was pretty good. It's nice to have another pizza option in Pasadena as most of the current places are pretty dreadful. The fact that it delivers is a nice bonus, too.

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