Monday, April 11, 2011

Kings Row Brings Gastropub to Pasadena

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Chef Thomas Jesse uncovers the roasted pig. (Pic via Ton-Def.)

I'm rooting for a gastropub like the newly opened King's Row to succeed in Pasadena -- better that than another chain, after all. But OK, so things got off to a bit of an awkward start the other night when we were invited to an advance taste.

1980s cover band and free sangria, not a big selling point. And in the confusion, we ordered full-price drinks, thinking it was still happy hour. Oops. But the regular King's Row happy hour boasts $4 pints and $5 glasses of wine, which isn't bad. And the menu, under the command of Chef Thomas Jesse, promises a twist on gastropub favorites, such as Portobello Banh Mi, Pulled Pork
Sandwich made with wild boar and an Asian Duck Burger.

Here's how the owners describe the new spot:

From the team behind Neomeze, the former restaurant turned Gastro Pub has put more of its emphasis and talent behind the food it serves with expanded artisan food and drink menus and a one-of-a-kind atmosphere that includes all new furniture, large communal tables, hanging lights, and a redesigned spacious outdoor patio that they call their "beer garden."

The sliders passed around the event were delicious (my friend Tony and I both preferred them to the salmon skewers), and the pig roast out back became the main attraction. Some pics:

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The main bar.

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It was cool running into my now-former-colleague Pat Saperstein; check out her Eating LA roundup here.

Kings Row is open from 4 p.m. to Midnight on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 2 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kings Row, 20 Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena CA 91105; 626.793.3010.

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