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Robin’s Woodfire BBQ and Grill
395 N. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena
10 or more
Full cocktail service
Full wait service
Available, check for availability
Major credit cards
Food to Go:
Price Range: $ 5.95 - $26.95
Skins - Tri-tip and Cheddar version
Blueberry corn bread, blue cheese slaw
Fire BBQ Chop Salad
Back Ribs, sauce on the side
A Look At San
Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com
Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena – Try It,
You’ll Enjoy It!
By Bill Coburn
Before I get into this week’s
spotlight, I wanted to send congratulations out to Matt McSweeney and the crew
over at Matt Denny’s. They’ll be celebrating their eighth year next week, with
a special menu and champagne with dinner on tap (figuratively, not literally)
from Friday the 19th thru Sunday the 21st. As I told Matt
when I stopped by for lunch the other day, it’s not surprising that they’ve
lasted this long, because they have good service, provide good size portions of
fresh quality food, and have reasonable prices. Add to that the fun things like
St. Baldrick’s Day, sporting events, golf tournaments, Oktoberfest, and the
like, plus marketing that includes a frequent diner card, birthday club, etc.,
and you’ve got a winning formula. Congrats, Matt, here’s to many years to come.
And speaking of good
restaurants with a winning formula, I stop by Robin’s BBQ several times a year,
and pretty much once each year I’ll write about it in this spotlight column.
The surprising thing I discovered this year when I went to write this (fourth)
column about Robin’s, is that I really don’t need to write anything different.
Everything at Robin’s is consistent, as in consistently good, and the same
things I enjoyed before are the things I enjoy on each visit.
As an example, in my 2004
spotlight, I wrote about “the hallway to the bathroom. There’s a wall that
displays “Places to Go in Pasadena.” Now you’re expecting you’re going to find
pictures of the best that Pasadena has to offer, suggestions of famous tourist
attractions. But the pictures are of the bathrooms you’ll find in some of the
best tourist stops that Pasadena has to offer. Maybe I have an odd sense of
humor, but I found that quite funny.” And here in 2007, I still do.
In my 2005 spotlight, I wrote
about the fact that “the menu itself is fun. There’s a large section of one
page dedicated to Robin’s Rules, such as “If you’re drinking to forget, please
pay in advance.” “Invite us to Tahiti and we’ll close this joint in a minute.”
and “No shoes, no shirts, no pants, no service. But you can take it to go.”
There’s still a fun section of rules on the menu, though a couple have changed.
But there still a nice diversion from the plain “lists” of food that you find in
In my 2006 column, I wrote
about one of the most popular items on the menu..the “Garbage Can Combo” which
features an ensemble of ribs, hot link sausage, bbq chicken and tri-tip. This
item…could definitely feed three, and probably four people.” Actually, I first
wrote about the Garbage Can Combo in 2004, but I was trying to pull something
from each column to show you the consistency. And the fact that I wrote about
it both times really does that. And Robin’s still has the Garbage Can, and it
will still feed three or four people, and everybody will still be happy and
full, when they’ve sampled not just the meats listed above, but the sides that
come with it.
Some of my “you gotta try ‘ems”
at Robin’s: The sautéed mushrooms: Katie and I were reluctant to try these the
first time we had them, not big mushroom fans, but they were so good, we used
the leftovers for omelettes the following day, and now we regularly try
mushrooms when we dine out, though we’ve never found ones as good as Robin’s).
The Mad Dog Sauce: Robins
offers four sauces. There’s Robin’s Tangy Original, s the Memphis Red Vinegar
Style, the Smokin’ Spicy Mad Dog, (that has some heat), and the Carolina Sweet
Mustard sauce. Robin, who knows a lot more about this BBQ stuff then I do, said
that these are the four main, popular, types of sauces, associated with their
typical geographical areas. The Robin’s sauce, is, to my understanding,
associated with the most common, the St. Louis, Midwest area BBQ sauce. I like
the Mad Dog, and Keelan tried it on his Spuds Skins on his last visit, and said
they made the Tri-tip and Cheddar version of the skins even better than they
were, which by the way, he said was better than the traditional bacon, cheese
and sour cream skins. (He ordered his skins with a mix of both).
Of the ribs, my personal
favorites are the Baby Back Ribs, with the Mad Dog Sauce. They are always
falling off the bone, juicy, meaty ribs, and plenty of them! While I like the
sauce, I do kind of think sometimes they go a little overboard, so you might
want to do what I do, ask them to bring the sauces on the side. That way, you
can put on just as much as you want.
I almost forgot to mention the
blueberry corn bread, which would be a blow-it, cause that’s good stuff, too.
They also have good salads. On
our last visit, Katie had the Wood-fired BBQ Chop Salad, which you can get with
chicken or tri-tip. She had the chicken, which is what Keelan had eaten on our
last visit there. Both of them really enjoyed their salads.
I’ve only had the weekend
breakfast there once, and that was one of our first visits there years ago, but
I remember it was more food than we needed, and really delicious. In fact, as I
write this, I have to wonder why we haven’t been there for breakfast since,
although we admittedly don’t go out for breakfast often. I remember Katie and I
were both impressed. I’ll have to put that on my list.
And don’t forget the desserts.
Robin’s has amazing, huge desserts, including a great hot fudge sundae that
comes in a glass that’s completely covered in fudge on the OUTSIDE of the glass
it’s served in. But my favorite dessert is definitely the Apple Sizzle
(apparently also available without the sizzle). You know those black skillets
that you get fajitas on? Same skillet, same sizzle. But it’s apple pie, with
ice cream, whipped cream, and cinnamon powder sprinkled on top. This is one
heckuva dessert folks. I worked five years at a place known for their pies, and
we had nothing to compare to this.
As I write this, the menu on
the website (www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/robinsbbq)
is a little outdated, and I’m expecting to get the new one posted by the time
this goes to print. But in case I don’t, I’ll post if the menu is the new one
or the old one, so you know if it might cost a little more than what the web’s
menu shows it will cost. While the prices have changed a little, and they no
longer have the All You Can Eat nights that are on the menu I currently have
posted, most of the items are still available as described in the menu. So stop
by and say hi to Robin (and/or Peter Dills of TV’s “The Chef Knows” who still
works regularly at Robin’s). And be prepared to have some fun, and a delicious
and filling meal.
Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring
dozens of restaurants’ menus, as well as downloadable coupons. He has nearly
20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much
longer than that.