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Restaurant: Beckham Grill

Where: 77 W. Walnut St., Pasadena

Phone: (626) 796-3399

Reservations: Recommended

Cocktails: Yes

Service: Tableside wait service

Atmosphere: English Inn

Outdoor Dining: No

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, American Express, Discover, Diner’s Club, Debit w/logo

Kid’s Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: No, Banquets available, though

Price Range: Lunch: $8.25 - $18.95, Avg. $8.50 - $10.50

Dinner: $7.50 - $30.95, Avg.  $17.95 - $23.95

Appetizer sampler plate (not on the menu)

Blue Cheese Wedge

French Onion Soup

Prime Rib dinner

Roast Duckling dinner

Kid's meal chicken strips

Creme Brulee

Crushed Lemon Tart

Chocolate Truffle Surprise, with Crème Anglaise and Raspberry Coulis

 

DOT COM DINING A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

                                    

Beckham Grill A Cut Above

 

By Bill Coburn

 

Beckham Grill on Walnut St. is a Pasadena institution.  For years now, the red phone booth and the old London cab on the street have invited guests to stop in and enjoy a fine meal, or relax by the fireplace with an ale in the Crown Pub.  The Old English style surroundings, filled with lots of dark wood, Union Jacks, overstuffed chairs, and walls covered with prints of fox hunts and the like, add to the cozy atmosphere.

 

I stopped by with the family for dinner last week.  As we were seated, we were informed that co-owner Ed Mysliviec (he’s partners with Henry Yost, who also owns several other restaurants), had asked the chef to prepare us a special sampler plate with several of their starters on it.  That eliminated some tough decisions, allowing us to try several items without having to deny ourselves items we’d like to try.  The plate arrived, featuring Sauteed Mushrooms, delicious Crab Cakes with a mustard sauce, Fried Artichoke Hearts with a spicy Aioli dip, and Crispy Porcupine Shrimp, on a yummy jicama salad.  Everything was delectable, but I especially liked the Crispy Porcupine Shrimp, which is jumbo shrimp baked just right in felo dough. 

 

The dinner menu at Beckham Grill consists of what they describe as first tastes, second tastes, and main courses.  The Crab Cakes and the Crispy Porcupine Shrimp are on the first taste menu, with the Sauteed Mushrooms and the Fried Artichoke Hearts on the second tastes menu.

 

Katie and I both selected another item off the Second Tastes menu, she the Hearts of Romaine (offered with Caesar or blue cheese dressings, she selected the blue cheese), and I opted for the traditional onion soup.  Both items were to our liking, the Hearts of Romaine featuring blue cheese crumbles as well as the dressing, and the Onion Soup served in a crock with three cheeses melted over an appetizing broth filled with plenty of sliced onions.

 

For entrees, Keelan ordered Chicken Strips off the kid’s menu ( we tried to talk him into the Kid’s Prime Rib, but he wanted chicken), Katie ordered the Beckham’s Cut of Prime Rib, and I selected the Roast Duckling.  Years ago, when Beckham’s first opened, they were almost exclusively prime rib and steaks, but they’ve expanded their menu over the years, and it now includes Roast Prime Rib of Pork, Lamb Shank Osso Buco, Fish and Chips, Grilled Salmon, Shrimp Scampi, some entrée salads, and more, in addition to the five different cuts of Prime Rib, NY Steaks and Filet Mignon.

 

Katie’s Prime Rib was served with Yorkshire Pudding, Creamed Corn, and Creamed Spinach.  After having one bite of the Creamed Corn, Katie’s reaction was that she could not eat another thing and be quite happy with the meal.  That must be some good creamed corn.  But she did keep eating, and fortunately, let me have a bite or two, as well.  The Prime Rib, which Katie says was the best she’s ever had, could be cut with a fork, it was so tender.  Over the years, Katie and I have eaten at some nice places, and had lots of prime rib, so for her to say this was the best she’s ever had, is definitely saying something.

 

While I also really enjoy prime rib, or a good NY Steak or filet, which I’m sure Beckham Grill would have provided me, Roast Duckling is an item I don’t see on the menu as often as I’d like, so I decided to have it.  It was served with a Black Cherry Gran Marnier sauce, sauteed vegetables, and garlic mashed potato.  I was quite pleased with it.  The skin was nice and crispy, not overly rich, and the meat was nice and tender, and delicious.  The sauce gave it just the right amount of sweetness and was not at all overpowering.  Keelan says his chicken strips and fries were good, too.

 

While we were discussing what to have for dessert, that decision was taken out of our hands, as well.  Our waitress brought us servings of their Crème Brulee, their Crushed Lemon Tart, and a Chocolate Truffle Surprise, with Crème Anglaise and Raspberry Coulis.  All three were scrumptious, and we each tried to stay out of the others way as we had our spoons dipping into all three of these desserts.  FYI – Katie said if she had to pick one of the three to recommend, it would be the Chocolate Truffle Surprise, and I think I’d agree with that pick.

 

Beckham Grill also has an extensive wine list, and the Crown Pub features Happy Hour from 4 – 7pm, Monday thru Friday, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, discount drink prices and pub fare at half price.  There will be a big party on St. Patrick’s Day, with a bagpiper performing, and if you’re a fan of the poet Robert Burns, you may want to check with Beckham next January, as there is always a big party to celebrate him on his birthday.

 

Beckham Grill would also be a nice place for a special Easter Dinner, but you’d better make your reservations soon, if you’re thinking about that, as they will go fast.

 

All in all, the three of us agreed that it was one of the nicer meals we’ve had in some time, and I highly recommend Beckham Grill if you’re looking for a nice lunch or dinner.

 

You can find the Beckham Grill menu at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/neckhamgrill

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring more than 160 restaurant’s 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.

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