Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Only Place In Town


Only Place In Town has a huge menu.  You can get breakfast, burgers, salads, Mexican dishes, pasta...  You name it.  You'd think that with such a varied amount of food coming out of the kitchen, one or two of the items might be less than stellar.  Not so, Joe!  So far, everything I've had here is great, and I've eaten here a lot. 

When I first discovered the town of Sierra Madre, one of the first things I ate here was the Only Place in Town's Maggie Wong's Chinese Chicken Salad.  It is really, really good.  Last summer, I served a catering-sized portion at a book club meeting.  The salad met with rave reviews, as did the cheese bread and the zuchinni bread, either of which comes with the salad. 

I believe the restaurant used to be called The Headliner.  It is now owned by Barney's Grill and Pub, in Old Town Pasadena, and its official name is "Barney's Only Place in Town." 

Whatever it's called, it's great food, with a fun, kind-of-clubby / kind-of-old-timey ambiance.  You should go there.  I know I will, again and again.

19 comments:

  1. It's really still SM's Only Place in Town - not Barney's - along with BeanTown.

    The First Place in Town in SM I ate was TOPIT. Back in the last century. The Last time I ate was just before summer, with a couple of Pasadenan's who'd never been, as part of an occasional mthly breakfast search. I had Oatmeal - not there specialty.

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    1. I agree with you, Cafe. What kind of a restaurant was TOPIT? Sounds interesting! Oatmeal, huh? I'm guessing there's just not too much one can do to specialize that! :)

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  2. Mmm, all those foods sound delish - love the sound of the ambiance too, we need more places like this around!

    (Re: Alan Turing, yes, so awful how horribly he was treated in life. I'm glad his accomplishments are being acknowledged now).

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    1. Lulu, I love to be in there when it rains. Kind of cozy, with a view of the mountains!

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  3. Nice looking place. I have been to Barney's in Old Town and I like their food. So this place in SM sounds even better. Breakfast is not a feature yet over here but it is coming. Pancakes, Waffles...no chance! I am waiting. I have just had dinner but reading your article makes me hungry again :).

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    1. I love Barney's in Old Town. I can't imagine a place without breakfast to spare! What about bangers and mash??

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  4. Would love to spend a long, long time inside.

    Please have a good Wednesday.

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    1. It's worth it! Hope you've had a good day!

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  5. Does all of this relate back to Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood?

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    1. To my knowledge, there's not connection at all...

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  6. That is me Marie aka Anonymous!:)

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  7. I'm always looking for new places to eat. Sounds yummy.

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    1. Susan, I've seen small dogs outside! Not sure about the big guys, but maybe??? I'll keep an eye out.

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  8. I am also always looking for good places to eat, and this seems like it would please the whole family.

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    1. I think it would. Something for everyone!

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  9. I remember The Headliner (which either had been a newspaper office, or had been across from/near one). It was nothing special at all, but actually WAS the only place in town (all lower case).

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    1. That's right! It was gone by the time I arrived (at least when I came to live here. May have been there during my only-working-here days...). haha!! lower case made me laugh.

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  10. lol "not so joe"! sounds like a yummy and cool spot to eat!

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