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View the Barney's Only Place in Town menu

Restaurant: Barney’s Only Place in Town

Where: 110 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

Phone: (626) 355-3502

Reservations: Accepted

Cocktails: Beer and Wine

Service: Tableside wait service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

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: $3.49 - $17.99, average $7 - $10

 

House salad came with the dinner

Monte Carlo Sandwich

Chicken Marsala

Boston Cream Pie

 

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

                                    

Barney’s Only Place in Town Café Offers Wide Selection of Good Food, Morning, Noon and Night

 

By Bill Coburn

 

Recently, there’s been a lot of change in the Sierra Madre restaurant scene.  One of the changes was the purchase by Michael and Bill Kefalas of The Only Place in Town.  Mike and Bill are not new to the restaurant scene, as they have been the owners of Barney’s, Ltd. in Old Town Pasadena, for about seven years or so.

 

While the Only Place in Town has had a long run as a successful business in Sierra Madre, the Kefalas brothers wanted to put their own stamp on the restaurant.  They were smart enough, though, to keep some of the old staples that had contributed to the success of the business before their arrival.

 

So while you will find a new menu that is significantly more varied than the old one, you’ll also find several items that were the most popular with its regulars.  Almost everyone I spoke with about the ownership change asked me if I knew if the brothers were going to keep Maggie Wong’s Chinese Chicken Salad (chunks of chicken tossed with romaine lettuce, peanuts, sesame seeds, Chinese noodles and their special sweet and sour dressing.  They did, as they did Emily’s Favorite, (turkey, lettuce, bacon and avocado on a ciabbata roll), the pot roast and a handful of other items.  The entire breakfast menu is also items from the old menu.  But they’ve brought in many of the items from Barney’s, Ltd., menu that have helped make it an Old Town success story for more than 25 years.

 

Katie and I were joined by her dad, Hanns, yesterday for breakfast.  He ordered the Eggs Benedict, I ordered the 110 West Breakfast, and Katie had the Bacon and Avocado omelet.  By the way, from 8am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday you’ll also find a brunch menu, with brunch items being served with a mimosa.  The 110 West comes with 2 eggs any style, 4 slices of bacon, choice of hash browns or home fries and toast.  It’s a basic breakfast, but seemed like so much more.  The portions were good sized, the eggs cooked just right, and I was full when I was through.  Katie said there was plenty of avocado on her omelet, which she had ordered as a 2 egg as opposed to their standard three egg, and to which she had also had Swiss cheese and sour cream added.  She enjoyed the omelet, which came with her choice of potato and toast, she chose hash browns and sourdough.  She too enjoyed her meal.  And Hanns told me that the eggs were poached just right, there was plenty of Canadian bacon, the hollandaise sauce was good, and he, too enjoyed his hash browns.

 

We went back for dinner, with Katie ordering the Chicken Marsala, Keelan had the Monte Carlo sandwich, and I ordered the Fish and Chicken and Chips dinner.  Now when I saw Monte Carlo on the menu, I thought of the Monte Cristo, but it’s actually not a Monte Cristo.  This one has thinly sliced ham, with cheese, on Hawiian bread, dipped in egg batter, and then grilled, not deep-fried, as the Monte Cristo is.  Keelan did have one complaint, he said there was TOO MUCH ham on the sandwich.  That’s a good thing, as far as I’m concerned, I’d rather take off some that I don’t want, than wish there was more.  Katie’s chicken marsala had plenty of food with two chicken breasts, sautéed in marsala wine sauce with mushrooms, with garlic. I tried it and it was quite good.  The Bountiful Entrees at BOPIT come with soup or salad, ,and your choice of a giant baked potato, mashed potatoes or fries, and steamed vegetables or sautéed mushrooms.  In other words, this is a full meal, not like some places where you have to pay extra for salad, or even for potatoes or veggies with your meal.  My Fish and Chicken and Chips dinner came out with just chicken on it, and our waitress fixed the problem immediately.  But even with the mistake, the way it was corrected was the way it should be done, but often isn’t.  She took the plate back to the kitchen, the chef picked up two pieces of chicken, and my plate was returned with the fries and chicken intact.  The fish was brought out when it was ready.  So I didn’t have to sit and watch my family eat, or feel that the fries and chicken had been sitting under a heat lamp while the fish was cooked.  That actually would have been even more of a drag because I’d ordered fruit as the side order, from my choice of coleslaw, potato salad or fruit, and who wants warm fruit?  Kudos to the staff for dealing with the situation the right way.  My entire meal was fresh and  hot when I ate it. 

 

I’d heard good things about Barney’s fish and chips, and while I still haven’t tried it at Barney’s, at BOPIT, the fish was excellent.  I also really enjoyed the tartar sauce, which I find some places overload with pickles.  Not here.  All three of us enjoyed our meals, which we followed with Boston Cream Pie, an item rarely found on dessert menus.  BOPIT’s Boston Cream Pie is light and soft, not a heavy chocolate dish at all. It was quite good.  To view the Barney’s Only Place in Town menu online, go to http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/barneysonlyplaceintown.

 

By the way, it’s now easier to find these reviews on line, with full color pictures of the food, by going directly to www.DotComDining.com.  

 

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