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Looking for a chill Gastropub in Downtown, glendale, pasadena area.

gashiguy May 20, 2013 11:10 AM

Hey guys,

Just need some help finding a chill gastropub on the Eastside this weekend. I was hoping that Village Tavern in Atwater Village would be open by then, but it sounds like it wont be open til June 1st.

I'm looking for something like a Father's Office vibe, open tables, good beer, great food, no reservations needed or waiter service in the Glendale, downtown or even Pasadena areas.


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    1. ipsedixit May 20, 2013 07:20 PM

      Dog Haus (Pasadena) or York (Highland Pk)

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        Dirtywextraolives May 20, 2013 09:28 PM

        The Parish

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        1. re: Dirtywextraolives
          linus May 20, 2013 10:34 PM

          i wouldnt describe the parish as "chill."

          good food and drinks, though.

          1. re: linus
            Bradbury May 21, 2013 01:43 AM

            For that matter, I'm not sure I'd describe The Parish as a "gastropub". Yes, I know they use that word themselves on their website, but it's really more of a restaurant with a well-stocked bar and a small-plates focus.

            Considering that the OP mentioned open tables, no reservations, chill vibe, etc. I'd suggest Golden Road. Great beer (their own and others'), very laid back and friendly, good casual menu, including a number of vegan selections if anyone's so inclined. A culinary notch or two beneath Parish, no doubt, but half the price and a lot more fresh air.

            1. re: Bradbury
              linus May 21, 2013 07:48 AM

              i always want to like the food at golden road more than i do. it's certainly more than a notch or two below the parish.

              on the other hand, i love the space, especially when the train goes by.
              the beer is excellent as well.

              1. re: Bradbury
                ipsedixit May 21, 2013 07:58 AM

                Given how bastardized the term has become, I don't even know what "Gastropub" really even means anymore vis-a-vis LA restaurants.

                That said, I do think the Parish makes a pretty good (albeit overpriced) burger.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  revets2 May 21, 2013 11:03 AM

                  Had a late 11pm snack at The Parish last weekend. They've revamped the menu. A few of Casey's pastas are now on the menu. The bone marrow might be one of the best in LA. The pork rillette is now on the menu...no more trekking to Venice for that amazing dish.

                  We had almost given up on the place. Glad we went. Can't wait to go back.

                  1. re: revets2
                    ipsedixit May 21, 2013 11:14 AM

                    I'll have to give the bone marrow another try.

                    Last time I had it, it was ... cold.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      linus May 21, 2013 11:33 AM


          2. TonyC May 21, 2013 09:24 AM

            Atwater (adjacent): Morrison. Surprisingly decent British-ish food, just don't get the corned beef. Solid burger thanks to connection with Stout.
            Downtown: Sixth Street Tavern. Brand new, good draft selection. Order at counter ala Father's office, no res. Parking is very un-chill though.
            Pas: just shoot me.

            Golden Road has a fantastic environs, but per linus, the food conjures up only 1 word from Calvin/Hobbes: "blech". And their own beers are never as tasty as the guest taps. Why is that?

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            1. re: TonyC
              linus May 21, 2013 10:24 AM

              i think tonyc might be right. the guest taps are probably better at golden road than most of the house brews, although they're just fine.

              i wish golden road/tony's darts away and more places had some sours on tap.

              food at the morrison is pretty good; the cocktails are more hit and miss. i had a good beer there.

              oddly, i do give golden road points for the many vegan options, because i like to eat healthy when i'm horking down a handful of high abv beers.

              1. re: TonyC
                yinyangdi May 22, 2013 06:54 PM

                +1 for the Sixth Street Tavern @ 6th/Hope (in the old Urbano location by the same owners). The Bistro Burger is DELISH but the fries … despite the dark golden color that leads one to believe they are crispy, were the opposite @ quite mushy. Also, 20+ beers on tap. BTW, there are no dedicated ordering stations (like FO) and, in my experience, it can be hard to get the attention of a bartender to place an order.

                As for parking, there is validated self-parking directly across the street (on Hope, just thru 6th intersection heading towards library for $5 by my last recall). http://sixthstreettavern.com/

              2. MissBubbles May 21, 2013 01:24 PM

                The York. Very chill, good drinks and food. Best dishes: The burger, The steak, the wings, the fried garbanzos & the caesar salad. http://www.theyorkonyork.com/

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