Crown City Brewery menu
Restaurant: Crown City Brewery
Where: 300 S. Raymond, Pasadena
Phone: (626) 577-5548
Reservations: Not required
Service: Tableside wait service
Atmosphere: Sports Bar
Outdoor Dining: No
Credit Cards: MC, Visa, American Express,
Kid’s Menu: Yes
Senior Discount: No
Food to Go: Yes
Catering Menu: No, Banquets available, though
$6.25 – $16.75, average $8.95
(and then some) bottles of beer on the wall,
bottles of beer... you take one down....
Iron Pub Steak came with a salad
Potato Skins Sampler
Iron Pub Steak
Chocolate Pudding Steak
DOT COM DINING A Look At San
Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com
Crown City Brewery Offers Suds, Sports
By Bill Coburn
Crown City Brewery
has 17 TV monitors, including a 52” HDTV. Even the dining room has 3 TV
screens, and you can see many of the screens in the bar from the dining room.
They have 9 satellite dishes, ensuring that pretty much anything you might want
to watch can be put on one of their screens. So it’s a sports fan’s mecca.
Including their own
brews (the Mt. Wilson Wheat and the Arroyo Amber Ale, they have nearly two dozen
beers on tap. They offer nearly 3 dozen microbrews, and more than 100 types of
beer in all. You can pick up their Beers of the World Passport (or download it
from their web page), and each time you try one of the beers, your passport will
be checked off for that item. Once you’ve completed the Passport, your receive
a free 100 Beers t-shirt, and your name is added to their wall with the others
who’ve completed their Passports. That should satisfy the people coming in for
In addition to sports
and suds, Crown City offers a varied menu, featuring everything from soups and
salads, to burgers and sandwiches, as well as dinner entrees such as Salmon, a
Flat Iron Pub Steak, and lean, tender Pork Ribs.
We stopped by the
other night, and decided to start with what we’ve heard is their specialty, the
Lahvosh, which had been highly recommended by Justin over at Mail Box & Postal.
We ordered the half order, and had it made half with bacon, half with smoked
chicken. Lahvosh is a crisp, Armenian cracker bread, covered with melted jack
cheese, and served with salsa. In addition to bacon and chicken, they offer a
Three Pepper Lahvosh, an Italian Vegetable Lahvosh, Smoked Pork Lahvosh, or a
Smoked Salmon Lahvosh. Keelan wanted the bacon, I wanted the chicken, Katie
just tried some of ours. We all enjoyed it, and Katie was even trying to figure
out how we might make it at home.
For dinner, Katie
ordered a Cobb Salad, I ordered the Flat Iron Pub Steak, and Keelan, who
recently added braces to his mouth, ordered the Potato Skins Sampler, figuring
they’d be soft enough to eat with a tender set of gums. Their Sampler comes
with two skins with bacon and jalapenos, (he ordered it without the heat), one
skin with chile, and one with smoked chicken. All three kinds are smothered
with melted cheese. We were worried that there might not be enough food there
for a meal, but there was too much, and he had to take some home.
Katie really enjoyed
her Cobb Salad, which was served in a good-sized bowl with lots of crisp
lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado chunks, smoked bacon, egg, blue cheese
crumbles, tomato and dill.
The Flat Iron Pub
Steak was served with a delicious brandy and peppercorn sauce, as well as a big
helping of tasy “smashed” red rose potatoes, and lots of excellent sauteed
vegetables. It also came with a choice of soup or salad, I chose the salad, and
enjoyed it, as well..
We chose to split a
chocolate pudding cake for dessert, and were all quite pleased with it, even
thought about ordering another one, but decided it would be overkill. We were
full, and satisfied.
Crown City has an
e-mail newsletter to keep you updated on upcoming events and special goings-on.
You can sign up for the newsletter, download the Passport, and view the Crown
City Brewery menu at www.crowncitybrew.com. Be sure and let them know you read
about them in Dot Com Dining.
Spoke with Jaime
Castaneda of Los Gueros Grill in Pasadena the other day. Seems there are some
big goings on up on San Gabriel Ave. Jaime was telling me that as a boy, he
worked in his father’s small restaurant, and that it was always his father’s
dream to own a grand restaurant, one which bore his family’s name. His father
was never able to realize that dream, and through the years, as Jaime continued
in the restaurant business, he always thought about his father’s dream.
Starting in May, he will realize that drream. The restaurant is changing to
Castaneda’s Grill. As jaime explained it to me, by putting the family name on
the business, he hopes to honor his father, and make a promise to his son. But
most of all, he considers it a commitment to his customers, a commitment to make
the restaurant even better than Los Gueros Grill, which I’ve always thought was
As more information about
the changeover becomes available, I’ll tell you more.
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.