by Janae Solow on
I was first introduced to this pub about a year ago just before Thanksgiving. Some friends and I went to see the worst movie ever made play at The Academy Theater next door, and upon leaving disappointed one of my friends suggested stopping at the new bar in the alley. For their whole first year this bar was Pasadena's best unkept secret. At the time the pool tables were free, the shuffle board and darts were free (I believe they still are and pool tables are quite affordable). They have tasty free peanuts and a decent (albeit small) menu of food items. They only do beer, sorry for those of you who like hard liquor and mixed drinks. But while a pitcher of PBR doesn't seem like an amazing score... any other pitcher of beer is only $1 more. That is a win that even someone who doesn't drink (like myself) can see. They do have sodas and bottled water for the rest of us who might just like to accompany our alcoholic friends, and watch their lives unfold in a steady downward spiral. It is entertaining. T. Boyles frequently has live entertainment, it's not overcrowded too often, in fact pretty comfortable. Plenty of televisions for the sports fans, a digital jukebox, and a friendly staff. Troy, Oscar, Randy, Mercury and everyone else does a good job of welcoming you to your new home. Best part of all: both entrances are located down a dark seedy alley. :)
by Britta Ozenne on
Went to Ecco with my Brother last night for my birthday. I was expecting a sort of dark cave like another tapas bar I've been to. I was surprised to see how open and modern the restaurant was. The server was very helpful and polite. The fried goat cheese balls lived up to the hype. We had a sample board of a few meats and cheeses along with some great Session draft beer. The server offered to comp my dessert for my birthday which was great. I highly recommend the olive oil ice cream.
by Alayne H. on
The building this restaurant is located in is fairly nondescript so you really don't know what to expect as far as the interior. Once you enter the steel door and pass through the curtain the large contemporary dining room is revealed and it is really quite stunning. On my most recent visit, I was meeting a friend for drinks and an early dinner. I was running ahead of schedule and arrived at 5 and was told they don't open until 5:30. However, the hostess was very gracious and got me a glass of cabernet and escorted me to a lounge area in the back that had two really comfy chairs, a chaise lounge, telephone and flat screen TV. So, I enjoyed my wine, watched CNN and, of course, texted while I waited for my friend. I have been to this restaurant several times and never have I been disappointed with the food. My most recent meal was the smoked brisket. It was so tender and tasty that it melted in my mouth and I love the red pepper grits and tend to order them every time I go. However, I need to order the truffled mac-n-cheddar sometime as I may be missing out on another wonderful side dish. For the excellent food, service and atmosphere I give One five stars.