Barn Burner Bbq

★★★☆☆

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This place is great. The meat is cooked to perfection and the sauces are out of this world.
Bring friends, family, heck even the old codgers and eat peanuts, watch football, drink a few brews and mack down on tasty BBQ served by a friendly and competent staff!

5 Stars!

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★★★★★

This place is great. The meat is cooked to perfection and the sauces are out of this world.
Bring friends, family, heck even the old codgers and eat peanuts, watch football, drink a few brews and mack down on tasty BBQ served by a friendly and competent staff!

5 Stars!

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My summer job ordered food out from this restaurant and I was very impressed. It was really tasty. The meat portions were very generous and had delicious sauces.

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★★★★☆

My summer job ordered food out from this restaurant and I was very impressed. It was really tasty. The meat portions were very generous and had delicious sauces.

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I went to Barn Burner when it first opened and it was ok...decent for pasadena. I picked up a menu to take home in case I got the urge for BBQ. I went back about 6 months later and the food had really gone downhill. A few weeks ago (May 2008) I decided to get something to take home. I called in to place an order using the old menu and was dumbfounded that they had raised the prices on most items by DOUBLE. I was really wanting some BBQ though so I placed my order anyway, it was awful. 6 St. Louis style ribs with little meat for over $20. $18 for fried chicken that had not even been fried but BAKED! I had gotten the fried chicken for my wife and it was so disgusting we had to throw it away. $18 worth of chicken that could not even be eaten. The mac and cheese was tasteless, the store bought kind out of the box is better than that slop. The beans are just as bad. The portions have gotten smaller and smaller and the prices are outrageous. I saw a couple of good reviews on the board but it is obvious by the way they are written that it is someone from the restaurant. I hope they close this place. Oh, and the service is horrible too! Wait staff is just rude and uncaring.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Barn Burner when it first opened and it was ok...decent for pasadena. I picked up a menu to take home in case I got the urge for BBQ. I went back about 6 months later and the food had really gone downhill. A few weeks ago (May 2008) I decided to get something to take home. I called in to place an order using the old menu and was dumbfounded that they had raised the prices on most items by DOUBLE. I was really wanting some BBQ though so I placed my order anyway, it was awful. 6 St. Louis style ribs with little meat for over $20. $18 for fried chicken that had not even been fried but BAKED! I had gotten the fried chicken for my wife and it was so disgusting we had to throw it away. $18 worth of chicken that could not even be eaten. The mac and cheese was tasteless, the store bought kind out of the box is better than that slop. The beans are just as bad. The portions have gotten smaller and smaller and the prices are outrageous. I saw a couple of good reviews on the board but it is obvious by the way they are written that it is someone from the restaurant. I hope they close this place. Oh, and the service is horrible too! Wait staff is just rude and uncaring.

Pros: inside is spacious and looks like a bbq place

Cons: outrageous prices, poor quality food and service

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Kansas City is known to be the BBQ capital of the world and while Texas has good BBQ too this Texas styled place ain' t anywhere close to great BBQ! The ribs are tender and well smoked but that's about as good as it gets. Sides are pretty bad except for the mashed potatoes. The BBQ sauce was better than average but the ribs were served on a watery plate! The rolls were clearly microved and ended up being tough. The waitress recommended the mac and cheese...it was like the instant kind you make for little kids! It's not the worst BBQ and perhaps even better than mediocre but it's not worth returning for. I've been at off hours. I can't vouch for what the service is like when they are busy but it's certainly not worth a wait or any type of a hassle. The prices are too high for such poor food but average for may BBQ places. If you're really desperate for BBQ hen this place may pass muster.

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★★☆☆☆

Kansas City is known to be the BBQ capital of the world and while Texas has good BBQ too this Texas styled place ain' t anywhere close to great BBQ! The ribs are tender and well smoked but that's about as good as it gets. Sides are pretty bad except for the mashed potatoes. The BBQ sauce was better than average but the ribs were served on a watery plate! The rolls were clearly microved and ended up being tough. The waitress recommended the mac and cheese...it was like the instant kind you make for little kids! It's not the worst BBQ and perhaps even better than mediocre but it's not worth returning for. I've been at off hours. I can't vouch for what the service is like when they are busy but it's certainly not worth a wait or any type of a hassle. The prices are too high for such poor food but average for may BBQ places. If you're really desperate for BBQ hen this place may pass muster.

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Awful food. mediocre service. clueless management.

tried to eat here twice before but always mass confusion. knew instantly that it was going to be a nightmare so we left. today we are figured lets give it one more shot. too bad we did. ordered pulled chicken sandwich (only chicken on menu). came out dry as a bone on a bland flavorless wonder bread roll. drench it with bbq sauce to get it down. very small portion of dry dubious chicken pieces and lots of bread. not cheap. ($9). sides tiny. corn $2.50? coke $3? place is dirty. baseboards and drink station smeared w/black grossness.

BUT thing that set me off: wife burned her hand badly on the instant scalding hot water that came out of the bath tap. I asked a server (spoke English) to tell his manager the water temp was very dangerous and that they should do something about it. I watched from my table while he told his manger and she did nothing. Never came to us to apologize or thank us for trying to help them prevent a law suit. nothing.

So check came. WAY overpriced. gave the server cash and waited for my change... and waited... and waited. apparently they keep all the cash in the back room or down the street at EL CHOLLOS. Not talking lots of cash here - $10. While I waited the wife went back to the bathroom and sure enough still scalding hot. So be it.

As we left I approached the manager and asked her if she had received our message about the instant scalding hot water that gushes out of the tap and she said yes, she did get the message and....... silence. Nothing. Not a word more. no acknowledgement. no apology. no gratitude.... so I told her the food and the service sucked and that we would not be back.

One of her muscle men followed me out the door glowering at us as we got into our car, rocking back and forth trying to be menacing - like a monkey in the zoo. It was such an unpleasant experience I plan to avoid all El Chollo?s and Dona Rosa in the future and I hope you will as well.

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★☆☆☆☆

Awful food. mediocre service. clueless management.

tried to eat here twice before but always mass confusion. knew instantly that it was going to be a nightmare so we left. today we are figured lets give it one more shot. too bad we did. ordered pulled chicken sandwich (only chicken on menu). came out dry as a bone on a bland flavorless wonder bread roll. drench it with bbq sauce to get it down. very small portion of dry dubious chicken pieces and lots of bread. not cheap. ($9). sides tiny. corn $2.50? coke $3? place is dirty. baseboards and drink station smeared w/black grossness.

BUT thing that set me off: wife burned her hand badly on the instant scalding hot water that came out of the bath tap. I asked a server (spoke English) to tell his manager the water temp was very dangerous and that they should do something about it. I watched from my table while he told his manger and she did nothing. Never came to us to apologize or thank us for trying to help them prevent a law suit. nothing.

So check came. WAY overpriced. gave the server cash and waited for my change... and waited... and waited. apparently they keep all the cash in the back room or down the street at EL CHOLLOS. Not talking lots of cash here - $10. While I waited the wife went back to the bathroom and sure enough still scalding hot. So be it.

As we left I approached the manager and asked her if she had received our message about the instant scalding hot water that gushes out of the tap and she said yes, she did get the message and....... silence. Nothing. Not a word more. no acknowledgement. no apology. no gratitude.... so I told her the food and the service sucked and that we would not be back.

One of her muscle men followed me out the door glowering at us as we got into our car, rocking back and forth trying to be menacing - like a monkey in the zoo. It was such an unpleasant experience I plan to avoid all El Chollo?s and Dona Rosa in the future and I hope you will as well.

Pros: Texas theme. they sell beer

Cons: you name it. bad food. screaming kids.

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Such a fun place to go to. You get peanuts when you sit down and throw the shells on the floor. Drinks are served in mason jars, you sit as picnic table benches. The staff is very friendly. They have video games in the back for the kids. Fun place for the whole family.

5
★★★★★

Such a fun place to go to. You get peanuts when you sit down and throw the shells on the floor. Drinks are served in mason jars, you sit as picnic table benches. The staff is very friendly. They have video games in the back for the kids. Fun place for the whole family.

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It looks just like a BBQ place should look like, big, cavernous and cool. It goes down hill from there. We stopped in about 3 weeks ago and really left disappointed. In fact we had to eat at a taco truck down the street. This place is also one of those over priced BBQ restaurants. Almost every meat sub had a $3:00-$4:00 extra charge. The brisket was tough, flavorless and had no smoke ring. The baby back ribs ($4.00 extra) were just as tough. Sides were non-descript and so was this experience. The most annoying thing though was some guy parading around the room dressed as a cowboy screeching out "Yeh Haw" over and over till it got sickening. We couldn't have a decent conversation because of this distraction. All in all, I think that the owner put more time into the looks than into the food.

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★☆☆☆☆

It looks just like a BBQ place should look like, big, cavernous and cool. It goes down hill from there. We stopped in about 3 weeks ago and really left disappointed. In fact we had to eat at a taco truck down the street. This place is also one of those over priced BBQ restaurants. Almost every meat sub had a $3:00-$4:00 extra charge. The brisket was tough, flavorless and had no smoke ring. The baby back ribs ($4.00 extra) were just as tough. Sides were non-descript and so was this experience. The most annoying thing though was some guy parading around the room dressed as a cowboy screeching out "Yeh Haw" over and over till it got sickening. We couldn't have a decent conversation because of this distraction. All in all, I think that the owner put more time into the looks than into the food.

Pros: Looks good, inside and out

Cons: All meats were tough & flavorless, way over priced for what you get

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This restaurant first opened in Pasadena, CA, sometime around August/September, 2005. It is located in a converted red barn, so it is huge in seating capacity. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for their parking lot; the space here is limited and street parking is nearly impossible. The restaurant's interior is decorated with lots of Texas memorabilia and the atmosphere is light and airy. Kid friendly, too.

During the first six months, the management and service personnel were extremely attentive and efficient. Their BBQ entrees were both delicious and very generous in portions. In fact, you could eat half and save the rest for another meal! The BBQ Beef Ribs--which in 2005, were slightly better than Robin's BBQ in Pasadena--were juicy and very meaty with little fat, plus the meat practically fell off of the bone!

Fast forward six months later and there was a major drop in QUANTITY. The side portions were cut in half, as well as the entrees. But their prices didn't drop. And by July, 2006, the QUALITY of those entrees suffered dramatically, too. The BBQ Beef Ribs were ALL bone and two of those bones were so overcooked, the rib meat tasted like beef jerky!

Initially, I thought that maybe the cook had a bad day or the restaurant got a bad shipment of BBQ fare, but I've already given them several more chances and the place is still a major disappointment compared to when it first opened. Famous food critic Merrill Schindler gave it high marks during his visit, but that was shortly after the restaurant opened. If he ever goes back again, I doubt if the new review would measure up to his first one.

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant first opened in Pasadena, CA, sometime around August/September, 2005. It is located in a converted red barn, so it is huge in seating capacity. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for their parking lot; the space here is limited and street parking is nearly impossible. The restaurant's interior is decorated with lots of Texas memorabilia and the atmosphere is light and airy. Kid friendly, too.

During the first six months, the management and service personnel were extremely attentive and efficient. Their BBQ entrees were both delicious and very generous in portions. In fact, you could eat half and save the rest for another meal! The BBQ Beef Ribs--which in 2005, were slightly better than Robin's BBQ in Pasadena--were juicy and very meaty with little fat, plus the meat practically fell off of the bone!

Fast forward six months later and there was a major drop in QUANTITY. The side portions were cut in half, as well as the entrees. But their prices didn't drop. And by July, 2006, the QUALITY of those entrees suffered dramatically, too. The BBQ Beef Ribs were ALL bone and two of those bones were so overcooked, the rib meat tasted like beef jerky!

Initially, I thought that maybe the cook had a bad day or the restaurant got a bad shipment of BBQ fare, but I've already given them several more chances and the place is still a major disappointment compared to when it first opened. Famous food critic Merrill Schindler gave it high marks during his visit, but that was shortly after the restaurant opened. If he ever goes back again, I doubt if the new review would measure up to his first one.

Pros: Kid-friendly ambience. Sports are televised on a blank wall, i.e. the World Series.

Cons: Management indifference. Limited parking in their small parking lot.

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If you want fancy table-cloths and candlelight dining, the Barn Burner is not for you. But, if you're looking for paper-towel "napkins", a noisy "atmosphere" (it truly does look like the inside of a barn!!), peanut shells crunching under your feet and all over the floor, and first-rate smoked BBQ meats...give this place a try!!

Plenty of good food at fair prices, a friendly wait-staff and a warm, local flavor.

Plenty of side-dishes on the menu to choose from, too - unlike too many other BBQ places around town.

I go here at least once per week!

4
★★★★☆

If you want fancy table-cloths and candlelight dining, the Barn Burner is not for you. But, if you're looking for paper-towel "napkins", a noisy "atmosphere" (it truly does look like the inside of a barn!!), peanut shells crunching under your feet and all over the floor, and first-rate smoked BBQ meats...give this place a try!!

Plenty of good food at fair prices, a friendly wait-staff and a warm, local flavor.

Plenty of side-dishes on the menu to choose from, too - unlike too many other BBQ places around town.

I go here at least once per week!

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Please let me just say, DO NOT waste your time going to this restaurant. We waited over 30 min. for TWO meals. Of course that was after we had to wait 20 min. for them to come back to take that order after we sat down. The food was decent, but you can find better BBQ elsewhere. My complimentary water they brought me tasted like it had some kind of chemicals in it. The waitress brought the wrong side and didn't come back to check on us until we were already done with the meal to switch it out, did I mention she gave us a dirty look when we told her? When she did bring the other side she had her thumb in it! I just couldn't believe how bad the service was. The whole wait staff just seemed very rude to both myself and my boyfriend. It wasn't even as if it were a crazy night. There were only three other tables of people besides ourselves. When I wrote to complain to the company they never even bothered to get back to me, why am I not surprised? I would much rather make the drive to Bam's in Glendora then go back to this place again. It was really surprising because I have eaten at another restaurant this company owns, De La Rosa and I love it there.

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★★★☆☆

Please let me just say, DO NOT waste your time going to this restaurant. We waited over 30 min. for TWO meals. Of course that was after we had to wait 20 min. for them to come back to take that order after we sat down. The food was decent, but you can find better BBQ elsewhere. My complimentary water they brought me tasted like it had some kind of chemicals in it. The waitress brought the wrong side and didn't come back to check on us until we were already done with the meal to switch it out, did I mention she gave us a dirty look when we told her? When she did bring the other side she had her thumb in it! I just couldn't believe how bad the service was. The whole wait staff just seemed very rude to both myself and my boyfriend. It wasn't even as if it were a crazy night. There were only three other tables of people besides ourselves. When I wrote to complain to the company they never even bothered to get back to me, why am I not surprised? I would much rather make the drive to Bam's in Glendora then go back to this place again. It was really surprising because I have eaten at another restaurant this company owns, De La Rosa and I love it there.

Pros: Ample Parking.

Cons: Service

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Great parking and easy access, and the quality of the food is always good!
Request the "spicy" BBQ sauce, it adds zest to your meats.
Try ordering the sampler combo's to get a taste of all kinds of meats.

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★★★★★

Great parking and easy access, and the quality of the food is always good!
Request the "spicy" BBQ sauce, it adds zest to your meats.
Try ordering the sampler combo's to get a taste of all kinds of meats.

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My family and I have eaten here on a couple of occasions. The service has always been friendly and the portions have always been generous. The quality of their meats are excellent. Nice smokey flavor that can only be achieved by BBQ'ing on a low heat source for an extended period of time (unlike some places that grill and slather on sauce). The texture of the meat is always fall of the bone or tender. I also like the fact that the place is pretty casual, so no need to dress up because you'll be throwing peanut shells on the floor. Definitely worth trying out!

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★★★★★

My family and I have eaten here on a couple of occasions. The service has always been friendly and the portions have always been generous. The quality of their meats are excellent. Nice smokey flavor that can only be achieved by BBQ'ing on a low heat source for an extended period of time (unlike some places that grill and slather on sauce). The texture of the meat is always fall of the bone or tender. I also like the fact that the place is pretty casual, so no need to dress up because you'll be throwing peanut shells on the floor. Definitely worth trying out!

Pros: Great food & large portions

Cons: addictive

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This place is very relaxed and comfortable -- and has a "barn-like" setting. Sawdust and peanut shells all over the floors (with popcorn-like stations where you can scoop out a plateful of peanuts to pick at while you wait for your food), picnic tables lined up with their own paper towel dispensers in a well decorated setting. Order one of their specials which include a sampling of everything in different quantities, or order straight from their meat menu by the pound. Don't waste time with the chicken -- We usually just order the tri-tip by the pound, plus some sides of corn and mashed potatoes or fries. It all gets served true to the setting, in plastic trays lined with paper. All this can get a bit pricey, but the tri-tip is tender and juicy, and with their bbq sauce, is like heaven. Try their mint-lemonade in jars for a tasty beverage accompaniment!

4
★★★★☆

This place is very relaxed and comfortable -- and has a "barn-like" setting. Sawdust and peanut shells all over the floors (with popcorn-like stations where you can scoop out a plateful of peanuts to pick at while you wait for your food), picnic tables lined up with their own paper towel dispensers in a well decorated setting. Order one of their specials which include a sampling of everything in different quantities, or order straight from their meat menu by the pound. Don't waste time with the chicken -- We usually just order the tri-tip by the pound, plus some sides of corn and mashed potatoes or fries. It all gets served true to the setting, in plastic trays lined with paper. All this can get a bit pricey, but the tri-tip is tender and juicy, and with their bbq sauce, is like heaven. Try their mint-lemonade in jars for a tasty beverage accompaniment!

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This place has probably the best and most appropriate layout for a BBQ restaurant that I've seen. It's literally set up to look like a barn and when you drive up you see flickering flames in the window, hence the restaurant name. I've eaten there several times already. Even as I write I'm starting to crave the place! I know my BBQ and this is up at the top. As soon as you sit down you are given a tray of roasted peanuts in the shell as you wait. As well as the BBQ you have to try the mac & cheese. And if you are any kind of beer fan, you can get a 32oz glass of Shiner Bock on tap for only $6.50! Everything is themed in this place, even the bathroom sink looks like a grill!

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★★★★★

This place has probably the best and most appropriate layout for a BBQ restaurant that I've seen. It's literally set up to look like a barn and when you drive up you see flickering flames in the window, hence the restaurant name. I've eaten there several times already. Even as I write I'm starting to crave the place! I know my BBQ and this is up at the top. As soon as you sit down you are given a tray of roasted peanuts in the shell as you wait. As well as the BBQ you have to try the mac & cheese. And if you are any kind of beer fan, you can get a 32oz glass of Shiner Bock on tap for only $6.50! Everything is themed in this place, even the bathroom sink looks like a grill!

Pros: Ambience, Mac & Cheese, Shinerbock on Tap!

Cons: Coleslaw, but hey, it's coleslaw!

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ok where do i begin with this review? Ok so we went on a friday night with my family & it seemed like a fun family place where you can throw peanut shells on the floor. We sat down & ordered our drinks. When they waiter finally brings us the drinks, which took 20 min, he spilled ALL the drinks on my little brother! He spilled 6 drinks on him. Everything from Coke, water, milk (u get the picture). He was drenched from head to toe! So they moved us to another table cuz it was swamped there. Then as soon as we sat down we started to order again & i noticed that they had seated my little brother, again, in a extreamly dirty chair. I mean it was covered all over the back & seat of the chair with BBQ sause. We did not initally notice because the lighting is dim. When we noticed it was too late. It had ruined his clothes and it was so disgusting that they do not clean up. So here was my brother soaked with every kind of drink they had there and now from the top of his collar to his knees covered in BBQ sause....wait there is MORE. They didnt even offer to give us our meals for free. They gave us a free fry... big deal. That wont cover the cost of getting new clothes and being totally humiliated. Then when we finally have to pay for the meal the waitress lost my dads credit card!! it took them 10 min to find it. It was near the entrance on the floor! Anyone could have just picked it up & walked out! As we are leaving we realize my dads leather jacket is missing and it turns out it was at the first table before they moved us & a waiter had moved it over to the kitchen area! OMG! I will never go there again. I DO NOT recoment this palce to anyone unless you are ready to wear your food!! Even the manager was not really sorry about what happend. She actually laughed about everything. I guess now its kinda humerous but laughing at that time was not appropriate and it gave us an even worse experience! I felt like I was on a hidden camara show! BEWARE!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

ok where do i begin with this review? Ok so we went on a friday night with my family & it seemed like a fun family place where you can throw peanut shells on the floor. We sat down & ordered our drinks. When they waiter finally brings us the drinks, which took 20 min, he spilled ALL the drinks on my little brother! He spilled 6 drinks on him. Everything from Coke, water, milk (u get the picture). He was drenched from head to toe! So they moved us to another table cuz it was swamped there. Then as soon as we sat down we started to order again & i noticed that they had seated my little brother, again, in a extreamly dirty chair. I mean it was covered all over the back & seat of the chair with BBQ sause. We did not initally notice because the lighting is dim. When we noticed it was too late. It had ruined his clothes and it was so disgusting that they do not clean up. So here was my brother soaked with every kind of drink they had there and now from the top of his collar to his knees covered in BBQ sause....wait there is MORE. They didnt even offer to give us our meals for free. They gave us a free fry... big deal. That wont cover the cost of getting new clothes and being totally humiliated. Then when we finally have to pay for the meal the waitress lost my dads credit card!! it took them 10 min to find it. It was near the entrance on the floor! Anyone could have just picked it up & walked out! As we are leaving we realize my dads leather jacket is missing and it turns out it was at the first table before they moved us & a waiter had moved it over to the kitchen area! OMG! I will never go there again. I DO NOT recoment this palce to anyone unless you are ready to wear your food!! Even the manager was not really sorry about what happend. She actually laughed about everything. I guess now its kinda humerous but laughing at that time was not appropriate and it gave us an even worse experience! I felt like I was on a hidden camara show! BEWARE!!!

Pros: none

Cons: we waited about 1 1/2 hours for our food after we ordered. Food is too expensive for what you get. Not a lot of food and not great taste.

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The food was just ok all around...and the menu was not that flexible. I really wanted a sampler with all the different meats, but without spending $90 on the one option that gave you that, I had to settle for 4 meats. Not that it mattered in the end, they all were just average and the sides were also pretty bland. Also, we ordered the 'Wedge' which is supposed to be a wedge of iceberg, but showed up shredded. When I asked , I was informed that because most people complained about it being difficult to cut, they now cut it for you. Yeah, I'm not sure if I even believe it and I was there.

I can't really comment on the service since we were the only ones there(4PM Monday), but I got the feeling that it could very well be bad if there were more people there.

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★★★☆☆

The food was just ok all around...and the menu was not that flexible. I really wanted a sampler with all the different meats, but without spending $90 on the one option that gave you that, I had to settle for 4 meats. Not that it mattered in the end, they all were just average and the sides were also pretty bland. Also, we ordered the 'Wedge' which is supposed to be a wedge of iceberg, but showed up shredded. When I asked , I was informed that because most people complained about it being difficult to cut, they now cut it for you. Yeah, I'm not sure if I even believe it and I was there.

I can't really comment on the service since we were the only ones there(4PM Monday), but I got the feeling that it could very well be bad if there were more people there.

Pros: picnic tables

Cons: low value, average flavor

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Service was incredibly horrible. It took 25 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge our existence even though he passed our table 5 times and was informed by the bus boys that we were waiting. If you like your baby back ribs cooked tough like beef jerky, then this is the place for you. The tri-tip wasn't bad and was smothered in a sweet bbq sauce. Mac & cheese was disgustingly gritty (powdered cheese was not dissolved) and the cream of corn was overly sweet. Coleslaw was ok. At about $20-25 per plate (and it's pretty skimpy) the food (quality & quantity) was NOT worth it. I don't think that we'll be going back for a second visit.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service was incredibly horrible. It took 25 minutes for the waiter to acknowledge our existence even though he passed our table 5 times and was informed by the bus boys that we were waiting. If you like your baby back ribs cooked tough like beef jerky, then this is the place for you. The tri-tip wasn't bad and was smothered in a sweet bbq sauce. Mac & cheese was disgustingly gritty (powdered cheese was not dissolved) and the cream of corn was overly sweet. Coleslaw was ok. At about $20-25 per plate (and it's pretty skimpy) the food (quality & quantity) was NOT worth it. I don't think that we'll be going back for a second visit.

Pros: Attractive Exterior, Tall Ceiling, Video Game Area

Cons: Expensive, Poor Food Quality, Unattentive Staff

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The decor is fun, flash and entertaining for children and practical for adults with kids.
The service lacks something to be desired. The food was not what this Texan expected. The BBQ was overcooked, the macaroni and cheese was soup instead of a casserole and the beans were pork'n'beans instead of BBQ beans. With BBQ, you get a slice of onion, a pickle and 2 slices of white bread. Not here. The desert was grim, so grim, I don't even remember what it was. I would like to give this place another try because Texans get homesick for good Texas BBQ, but I don't have a lot of hope for someone who allows the Texas flag to drag the ground. Go Horns!

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★★☆☆☆

The decor is fun, flash and entertaining for children and practical for adults with kids.
The service lacks something to be desired. The food was not what this Texan expected. The BBQ was overcooked, the macaroni and cheese was soup instead of a casserole and the beans were pork'n'beans instead of BBQ beans. With BBQ, you get a slice of onion, a pickle and 2 slices of white bread. Not here. The desert was grim, so grim, I don't even remember what it was. I would like to give this place another try because Texans get homesick for good Texas BBQ, but I don't have a lot of hope for someone who allows the Texas flag to drag the ground. Go Horns!

Pros: shiner on tap, lots to look at, family friendly

Cons: expensive, not Texas BBQ, not high quality

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The food is very good, with ample portions. I recommend trying their lemonade; I think they put lime and some mint in it -- whatever it is, it was one of the best lemonades I've had anywhere (and it's served in a gigantic jar, with refill!).

The atmosphere is very stylized Texan -- right down to the fixtures in the bathrooms. It's fun enough to just sit there and look around.

At least when I went (during the first week or two when they opened), the service was very slow. Perhaps it has changed now though.

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★★★★☆

The food is very good, with ample portions. I recommend trying their lemonade; I think they put lime and some mint in it -- whatever it is, it was one of the best lemonades I've had anywhere (and it's served in a gigantic jar, with refill!).

The atmosphere is very stylized Texan -- right down to the fixtures in the bathrooms. It's fun enough to just sit there and look around.

At least when I went (during the first week or two when they opened), the service was very slow. Perhaps it has changed now though.

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Our waitress informed us that our food took a long time, because the kitchen staff put off our order. She said, "Your order is big, so they didn't want to do it." So we watched people seated after us eat first. When we did get our food, it was the wrong items. the table only had spoons. Ribs and chicken don't cut well with spoons. The manager noticed that things weren't going right, so he comp'd us free dessert, but our waitress fumbled that too. She only took half our parties dessert orders then, walked away. It was like watching the keystone cops bring you your food. The service was such a surreal tragedy, i wouldn't have been suprised if someone had slipped on a banana peel and hit someone else in the face with a pie.Good food, if you can get past the unprofessional service.

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★★★☆☆

Our waitress informed us that our food took a long time, because the kitchen staff put off our order. She said, "Your order is big, so they didn't want to do it." So we watched people seated after us eat first. When we did get our food, it was the wrong items. the table only had spoons. Ribs and chicken don't cut well with spoons. The manager noticed that things weren't going right, so he comp'd us free dessert, but our waitress fumbled that too. She only took half our parties dessert orders then, walked away. It was like watching the keystone cops bring you your food. The service was such a surreal tragedy, i wouldn't have been suprised if someone had slipped on a banana peel and hit someone else in the face with a pie.Good food, if you can get past the unprofessional service.

Pros: Good Food, nice atmosphere, Nice manager

Cons: Terrible Staff, Unprofessional staff, didImention,badstaff?

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I'm always skeptical of BBQ places in CA, so I was wary when I tried the Barn Burner. I wasn't dissappointed. The meat is great and the sauce is what really sealed the deal for me. They have good sides and a cool "Texas BBQ Joint" atmosphere...including cane sugar Dr. Pepper in glass bottles!
A little pricey, but you get big portions.

4
★★★★☆

I'm always skeptical of BBQ places in CA, so I was wary when I tried the Barn Burner. I wasn't dissappointed. The meat is great and the sauce is what really sealed the deal for me. They have good sides and a cool "Texas BBQ Joint" atmosphere...including cane sugar Dr. Pepper in glass bottles!
A little pricey, but you get big portions.

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Since this BBQ joint opened in Pasadena, it's had its ups and downs. My husband and I have eaten at Barn Burner since it opened. They started out serving great smoked meats, clearly done by an experienced grill master, nice lean brisket and a good BBQ chicken. We last visited on June 9,2010 -- last night. It's crystal clear the place has changed, and not for the better. The first sign was the lack of that invitingly tempting smell of smoking meat that permeated the street as you pulled into the parking lot. The decor has moved from a clearly defined Texan theme to a sports bar with beer brand banners, neon signs and flat panel televisions hanging on the walls tuned to ESPN. The service we received from the waiter was lacking, to say the least. Granted, I can be picky sometimes in restaurants, but I don't think it was unreasonable to be irritated when 3 tables around us were served their meals before us...especially since they arrived after us and we waited nearly 30 minutes. We had to flag down a different server and ask her to check on our meal. Only THEN, did our food arrive. The severe decline in the food quality is a serious crime. When they began, I was rating their food at 8/10. After last night, they get a 2/10. Our salads CLEARLY came out of a bag, with 2 cherry tomatoes plopped on the side. Absolutely no thought or skill involved in the preparation. My 6 year old nephew could do better. The worst (and SADDEST) part of all was the meat. If anything, a BBQ place should take pride in the meat they serve. That is definitely no longer the case at Barn Burner. My St. Louis style spare ribs were tender but flavorless, and strangely doused with some type of au jus that just sat at the bottom of the plate. My husband had rib tips, red hot sausage and beef brisket. His plate was also suspiciously covered in the au jus. This is supposed to be BBQ for crying out loud...not a French Dip sandwich. The beef brisket seemed baked/roasted instead of smoked. It had absolutely no smoke ring and was half fat. Our disappointment was sadly profound. I've only witness the downfall of one other restaurant...but that was only because the building's owner sold the property. That was no fault of their own. Sadly, Barn Burner doesn't have that excuse. Finally, to top off the meal, our waiter tried to kiss up to me as I was paying the tab. Blaming his non-delivery of our meal on the fact that there were "so many kids" in the restaurant. Of course that doesn't explain why he was able to server 3 other tables before us even though they arrived after us. Needless to say, his "tip" was miniscule. We are now officially on the hunt for a decent BBQ joint in the Pasadena area. Any suggestions?

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★☆☆☆☆

Since this BBQ joint opened in Pasadena, it's had its ups and downs. My husband and I have eaten at Barn Burner since it opened. They started out serving great smoked meats, clearly done by an experienced grill master, nice lean brisket and a good BBQ chicken. We last visited on June 9,2010 -- last night. It's crystal clear the place has changed, and not for the better. The first sign was the lack of that invitingly tempting smell of smoking meat that permeated the street as you pulled into the parking lot. The decor has moved from a clearly defined Texan theme to a sports bar with beer brand banners, neon signs and flat panel televisions hanging on the walls tuned to ESPN. The service we received from the waiter was lacking, to say the least. Granted, I can be picky sometimes in restaurants, but I don't think it was unreasonable to be irritated when 3 tables around us were served their meals before us...especially since they arrived after us and we waited nearly 30 minutes. We had to flag down a different server and ask her to check on our meal. Only THEN, did our food arrive. The severe decline in the food quality is a serious crime. When they began, I was rating their food at 8/10. After last night, they get a 2/10. Our salads CLEARLY came out of a bag, with 2 cherry tomatoes plopped on the side. Absolutely no thought or skill involved in the preparation. My 6 year old nephew could do better. The worst (and SADDEST) part of all was the meat. If anything, a BBQ place should take pride in the meat they serve. That is definitely no longer the case at Barn Burner. My St. Louis style spare ribs were tender but flavorless, and strangely doused with some type of au jus that just sat at the bottom of the plate. My husband had rib tips, red hot sausage and beef brisket. His plate was also suspiciously covered in the au jus. This is supposed to be BBQ for crying out loud...not a French Dip sandwich. The beef brisket seemed baked/roasted instead of smoked. It had absolutely no smoke ring and was half fat. Our disappointment was sadly profound. I've only witness the downfall of one other restaurant...but that was only because the building's owner sold the property. That was no fault of their own. Sadly, Barn Burner doesn't have that excuse. Finally, to top off the meal, our waiter tried to kiss up to me as I was paying the tab. Blaming his non-delivery of our meal on the fact that there were "so many kids" in the restaurant. Of course that doesn't explain why he was able to server 3 other tables before us even though they arrived after us. Needless to say, his "tip" was miniscule. We are now officially on the hunt for a decent BBQ joint in the Pasadena area. Any suggestions?

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This place is great. I am from Texas and just being inside the restaurant made me homesick. The menu stays very simple and basic having a few kinds of meats and a few sides. The portions are huge, I could have easily split the combo meal. The sauce was also good and they did not smother your food in it. They also have peach cobbler! It is just like a favorite Texas Hill Country barbeque place where the whole family likes to go.

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★★★★★

This place is great. I am from Texas and just being inside the restaurant made me homesick. The menu stays very simple and basic having a few kinds of meats and a few sides. The portions are huge, I could have easily split the combo meal. The sauce was also good and they did not smother your food in it. They also have peach cobbler! It is just like a favorite Texas Hill Country barbeque place where the whole family likes to go.

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Barn Burner is a great new restaurant in Pasadena that offers a fun Texas atmosphere. It's the kind of place where Texas decor covers the walls and peanut shells are thrown on the floor. With great tangy BBQ sauce and yummy side dishes like creamed corn and baked beans, this restaurant offers up a whole lot of food! I highly recommend it if you've been to a lot of Pasadena restaurants and are looking for something fresh! Or, if you're from the south and you miss home, go to Barn Burner to reminisce!

PROS: Great food, service and atmosphere!
CONS: parking can be a little tricky

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★★★★★

Barn Burner is a great new restaurant in Pasadena that offers a fun Texas atmosphere. It's the kind of place where Texas decor covers the walls and peanut shells are thrown on the floor. With great tangy BBQ sauce and yummy side dishes like creamed corn and baked beans, this restaurant offers up a whole lot of food! I highly recommend it if you've been to a lot of Pasadena restaurants and are looking for something fresh! Or, if you're from the south and you miss home, go to Barn Burner to reminisce!

PROS: Great food, service and atmosphere!
CONS: parking can be a little tricky

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