Gus's Barbeque Inc

★★☆☆☆
  • 808 Fair Oaks Ave

    South Pasadena, CA 91030

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  • 626-799-3251

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There really isn't a lot of businesses that open past 8 at South Pasadena, so Gus's closing at 10-11 is a treat. The ambiance is wonderful, the sweet potato fries are great. Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs -- yum.

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There really isn't a lot of businesses that open past 8 at South Pasadena, so Gus's closing at 10-11 is a treat. The ambiance is wonderful, the sweet potato fries are great. Pulled pork sandwiches, ribs -- yum.

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First time ever leaving a comment here but was compelled to after experiencing the worst BBQ I've ever had at Gus's. I ordered the Combo Brick Chicken & Ribs for $22.95. I got a dry piece of charred and burn't flat chicken and 3 bones of baby back ribs. That's it on the meat for $23.00 bucks. Two side dishes were beans and cole slaw. The beans were a mushy mess of who knows what and the slaw was almost dry and flavorless. The plate was served without any type of bread. If you want cornbread it's an extra $6.95. What the f__k?
I then find out that they bake the ribs with liquid smoke and that they don't have a smoker. This isn't BBQ. Many people knock Barnburner a mile north on Fair Oaks but at least they have a real smoker. At Robin's BBQ on Rosemead Blvd in Pasadena they include an excellent blueberry cornbread with every meal and they also have a real smoker. In fact they have a separate smokehouse behind the restaurant. I'm ranting because to charge $23.00 for a minescule portion of meat falsely labeled BBQ is a joke. These guys should stick to running their burger joints.

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★☆☆☆☆

First time ever leaving a comment here but was compelled to after experiencing the worst BBQ I've ever had at Gus's. I ordered the Combo Brick Chicken & Ribs for $22.95. I got a dry piece of charred and burn't flat chicken and 3 bones of baby back ribs. That's it on the meat for $23.00 bucks. Two side dishes were beans and cole slaw. The beans were a mushy mess of who knows what and the slaw was almost dry and flavorless. The plate was served without any type of bread. If you want cornbread it's an extra $6.95. What the f__k?
I then find out that they bake the ribs with liquid smoke and that they don't have a smoker. This isn't BBQ. Many people knock Barnburner a mile north on Fair Oaks but at least they have a real smoker. At Robin's BBQ on Rosemead Blvd in Pasadena they include an excellent blueberry cornbread with every meal and they also have a real smoker. In fact they have a separate smokehouse behind the restaurant. I'm ranting because to charge $23.00 for a minescule portion of meat falsely labeled BBQ is a joke. These guys should stick to running their burger joints.

Pros: counter service, host was friendly, neon sign

Cons: Gas smoked BBQ, expensive, small portions

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I had passed Gus's many times before, but never thought to stop in. I guess the giant glowing sign out front just reminded me of checkered table clothes, sawdust on the floor, the kinda place you wear a Garfield t-shirt and a fanny pack to. I was pleasantly surprised though by the clean, warm decor and large colorful paintings and photos decorating the walls. We started with the cornbread as an appetizer: it might be the best cornbread I've had. Served in a small cast iron pan with butter and jalapeno jelly, a very nice beginning. Next my girlfriend ordered a burger with arugula, grilled onions and potato salad. I got the Baby Back Rib and Pulled Pork Combo with Creamed Corn and Red Beans 'n Rice. Ribs and Pork were both very tender, flavorful, and tasty. Read Beans 'n Rice, I could have eaten just a bowlful of those they were that good. Creamed Corn was also very nice,as was my girl's burger. The only dish to fall flat was the Potato Salad, which seemed to need a bit more salt and lacked the complexity the rest of the food had. As we are both Chefs in the L.A. area, we kept commenting about how all the food seemed to have a depth to it's flavors, the built up layers of taste that can only come from cooking with love, patience and confidence. The portions were also very generous and we had to take half of it home! We will certainly be coming back for more, and making sure we have empty stomachs beforehand!

And a quick note to the previous reviewer (wdlarson): THEY HAVE A GIANT GLOWING PIG ON THE SIGN OUTSIDE, THAT MIGHT BE A SIGN IT'S NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR VEG LOVERS TO EAT. And it's also highly disrespectful to be bringing in outside food to a restaurant. As a Chef myself, I would have done the same as they did to you, so try not to be so surprised. I respect people's right to choose what they will eat, but if an establishment doesn't serve what you can have, then don't eat there. (or take people there who can't eat their food just because YOU can.)

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★★★★★

I had passed Gus's many times before, but never thought to stop in. I guess the giant glowing sign out front just reminded me of checkered table clothes, sawdust on the floor, the kinda place you wear a Garfield t-shirt and a fanny pack to. I was pleasantly surprised though by the clean, warm decor and large colorful paintings and photos decorating the walls. We started with the cornbread as an appetizer: it might be the best cornbread I've had. Served in a small cast iron pan with butter and jalapeno jelly, a very nice beginning. Next my girlfriend ordered a burger with arugula, grilled onions and potato salad. I got the Baby Back Rib and Pulled Pork Combo with Creamed Corn and Red Beans 'n Rice. Ribs and Pork were both very tender, flavorful, and tasty. Read Beans 'n Rice, I could have eaten just a bowlful of those they were that good. Creamed Corn was also very nice,as was my girl's burger. The only dish to fall flat was the Potato Salad, which seemed to need a bit more salt and lacked the complexity the rest of the food had. As we are both Chefs in the L.A. area, we kept commenting about how all the food seemed to have a depth to it's flavors, the built up layers of taste that can only come from cooking with love, patience and confidence. The portions were also very generous and we had to take half of it home! We will certainly be coming back for more, and making sure we have empty stomachs beforehand!

And a quick note to the previous reviewer (wdlarson): THEY HAVE A GIANT GLOWING PIG ON THE SIGN OUTSIDE, THAT MIGHT BE A SIGN IT'S NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR VEG LOVERS TO EAT. And it's also highly disrespectful to be bringing in outside food to a restaurant. As a Chef myself, I would have done the same as they did to you, so try not to be so surprised. I respect people's right to choose what they will eat, but if an establishment doesn't serve what you can have, then don't eat there. (or take people there who can't eat their food just because YOU can.)

Pros: Great Food, Healthy Portions, Warm, refined Decor

Cons: That I hadn't eaten here before!

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IF YOU (OR ONE OF YOUR EATING MATES) ARE A VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN THEN I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU DO NOT GO TO GUS'S BBQ.

I went to Gus's tonight with one Gus's semi-regular, my vegan girlfriend, and two friends from out of town. From previous experience, I know that Gus's carnivorous menu and staff are vegan-unfriendly so she picked up food for herself from Patakan (which I highly recommend), about a 2 min walk up Fair Oaks. The waiter didn't complain when she proceeded to discretely eat it along with the glass of wine that she had ordered from Gus's while we ordered.

It wasn't until we had received drinks that we had ordered and were about to order food that the waiter loudly and rudely barked at my girlfriend, telling her that she could not eat outside food inside the restaurant. This was unacceptable. I put down the drink that I was about to sip and sent my semi-regular friend to the front to reason with the manager. I had ordered the drink under false pretenses. The manager (I don't know her name but she was described to me as a strawberry blonde female) could not be reasoned with so we brought our service to a finer South Pasadena establishment. I never touched my drink.

My parents and their friends are semi-regulars and regulars here and they won't be bringing me back here anytime soon. I miss the old Gus's.

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★☆☆☆☆

IF YOU (OR ONE OF YOUR EATING MATES) ARE A VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN THEN I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU DO NOT GO TO GUS'S BBQ.

I went to Gus's tonight with one Gus's semi-regular, my vegan girlfriend, and two friends from out of town. From previous experience, I know that Gus's carnivorous menu and staff are vegan-unfriendly so she picked up food for herself from Patakan (which I highly recommend), about a 2 min walk up Fair Oaks. The waiter didn't complain when she proceeded to discretely eat it along with the glass of wine that she had ordered from Gus's while we ordered.

It wasn't until we had received drinks that we had ordered and were about to order food that the waiter loudly and rudely barked at my girlfriend, telling her that she could not eat outside food inside the restaurant. This was unacceptable. I put down the drink that I was about to sip and sent my semi-regular friend to the front to reason with the manager. I had ordered the drink under false pretenses. The manager (I don't know her name but she was described to me as a strawberry blonde female) could not be reasoned with so we brought our service to a finer South Pasadena establishment. I never touched my drink.

My parents and their friends are semi-regulars and regulars here and they won't be bringing me back here anytime soon. I miss the old Gus's.

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On 12/12/08 I ordered their specialty BBQ Smoked Brick Chicken to go.
Unfortunately when I opened the box with BBQ Smoked Brick Chicken at home, I found it too burnt to eat and had to throw it away. I called the restaurant and spoke with the owner. He offered to send me a gift certificate. He never did.

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★☆☆☆☆

On 12/12/08 I ordered their specialty BBQ Smoked Brick Chicken to go.
Unfortunately when I opened the box with BBQ Smoked Brick Chicken at home, I found it too burnt to eat and had to throw it away. I called the restaurant and spoke with the owner. He offered to send me a gift certificate. He never did.

Pros: none

Cons: food

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Don't waste your time, especially if you have children. We had to leave the restaurant before we could take our 1st bite due to an EXTREMELY rude server. When we finally ate our dinner AT HOME, the ribs were dry and the chicken was full of fat. We frequent restaurants w/ our children all of the time and never have received such poor service.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't waste your time, especially if you have children. We had to leave the restaurant before we could take our 1st bite due to an EXTREMELY rude server. When we finally ate our dinner AT HOME, the ribs were dry and the chicken was full of fat. We frequent restaurants w/ our children all of the time and never have received such poor service.

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Gus's has been around since 1946, according to the Web site. I've generally enjoyed the chicken rather than ribs and like the creamy salad dressing (albeit with boring iceberg lettuce). The longtime owners have sold it, and a grand reopening is planned. Web site says February (2008), but now it's March, and a quick peek inside the front window assured me that nothing has been done. I'm more than willing to give the new owners a chance to prove that they know how to barbecue.

The decor that some reviewers liked and others didn't is out; the look will be updated for the 21st century. The planned menu (see the Web site) has interesting planned additions. New owners also run Tops in Pasadena. Stay tuned.

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★★★☆☆

Gus's has been around since 1946, according to the Web site. I've generally enjoyed the chicken rather than ribs and like the creamy salad dressing (albeit with boring iceberg lettuce). The longtime owners have sold it, and a grand reopening is planned. Web site says February (2008), but now it's March, and a quick peek inside the front window assured me that nothing has been done. I'm more than willing to give the new owners a chance to prove that they know how to barbecue.

The decor that some reviewers liked and others didn't is out; the look will be updated for the 21st century. The planned menu (see the Web site) has interesting planned additions. New owners also run Tops in Pasadena. Stay tuned.

Pros: Longtime lunch wait staff always very pleasant and efficient. They care and remember you.

Cons: Longtime staff may not be able to wait (presumably without working) for the grand reopening, which appears to be later rather than sooner.

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This restaurant is within walking distance of our house. We thought we'd give it a try while the in-laws were in town: bad idea. Other than the alluring exterior everything else about the experience was dismal. The food was nearly inedible, the atmosphere was old and worn out, and the staff were slow and misdirected.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant is within walking distance of our house. We thought we'd give it a try while the in-laws were in town: bad idea. Other than the alluring exterior everything else about the experience was dismal. The food was nearly inedible, the atmosphere was old and worn out, and the staff were slow and misdirected.

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I agree with the BBQ comments. But what really sets this place apart is the cool 1950's ambience. And there's a decent food value here. Oh yeah, try the potato skins with the ranch and dill dressing, very good.

go SC!

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★★★★☆

Yeah,

I agree with the BBQ comments. But what really sets this place apart is the cool 1950's ambience. And there's a decent food value here. Oh yeah, try the potato skins with the ranch and dill dressing, very good.

go SC!

Pros: Ambience, Soups, Easy parking

Cons: Ribs ain't great, waitress not fast

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I've lived in South Pasadena for 20+ years and just the other day decided to go to Gus's for the 1st time. The ambience is quiet and comfortable. But the food. The baby back and beef ribs were TOUGH and did not have much meat. The sauce was good. I'm not sure how this place has survived so long. It's been there so long it may be a historical site or something like that.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've lived in South Pasadena for 20+ years and just the other day decided to go to Gus's for the 1st time. The ambience is quiet and comfortable. But the food. The baby back and beef ribs were TOUGH and did not have much meat. The sauce was good. I'm not sure how this place has survived so long. It's been there so long it may be a historical site or something like that.

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my husband and i went, and ordered a slab of baby back ribs and some sides to share, we had heard of this place and wanted to try it, we were seated right away and (after what seemed like an hour wait) when we finally got our order the ribs were tough and cold and had very little flavor. we didn't even bother to continue eating it we were so disgusted with the food and the wait that we just ended up paying and leaving, we will never go there again. on a plus side because we were still hungry and around the area, we walked over and found a very nice mediteranian place with really yummy food!

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★☆☆☆☆

my husband and i went, and ordered a slab of baby back ribs and some sides to share, we had heard of this place and wanted to try it, we were seated right away and (after what seemed like an hour wait) when we finally got our order the ribs were tough and cold and had very little flavor. we didn't even bother to continue eating it we were so disgusted with the food and the wait that we just ended up paying and leaving, we will never go there again. on a plus side because we were still hungry and around the area, we walked over and found a very nice mediteranian place with really yummy food!

Pros: waitress was pleasen , parking

Cons: bad ribs , long wait , priceyforthequality

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Gus's is not the best barbecue restaurant in LA, but for a pleasant dining experience with nice ambience, friendly staff and a decent meal it definitely works. I am not the biggest fan of barbecue, but their choices seemed reasonable and my steak was excellent and filling. The dinner salad could have had a little more "oommph", but it was good. I think the best thing about Gus's is the people. The staff was so friendly, and there are always "regulars" filling booths and tables. A foursome walked us through the menu and offered their own recommendations to my husband and me. Overall, it was a pleasant experience.

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★★★☆☆

Gus's is not the best barbecue restaurant in LA, but for a pleasant dining experience with nice ambience, friendly staff and a decent meal it definitely works. I am not the biggest fan of barbecue, but their choices seemed reasonable and my steak was excellent and filling. The dinner salad could have had a little more "oommph", but it was good. I think the best thing about Gus's is the people. The staff was so friendly, and there are always "regulars" filling booths and tables. A foursome walked us through the menu and offered their own recommendations to my husband and me. Overall, it was a pleasant experience.

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Went there because they won the "best BBQ" in the recent Pasadena Weekly. What a joke. Thet baked there ribs. No smoke flavor, weak sauce, the WORST BBQ my family has ever had. They make Zeke's Smokehouse actually taste good.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went there because they won the "best BBQ" in the recent Pasadena Weekly. What a joke. Thet baked there ribs. No smoke flavor, weak sauce, the WORST BBQ my family has ever had. They make Zeke's Smokehouse actually taste good.

Pros: none

Cons: , bad bbq, weak sauce

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Gus's is an interesting place, its a mood place for me actually. The decor could be cool, but its walls are plastered with gold records that someone in family had something to do with. Its abit showy, and lame, but whatever. The service is decent, the prices are good, theres a small bar... i mean really small. The food is kinda flavorless... like they cater to the dead, but you know, maybe its just me, and maybe i shouldnt eat sweet tarts before i go.
Go when you are daring or bored, or next time you are in that red vinyl booth, eating meatloaf by yourself kinda mood... drink milk with it to feel extra apathetic.

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★★★☆☆

Gus's is an interesting place, its a mood place for me actually. The decor could be cool, but its walls are plastered with gold records that someone in family had something to do with. Its abit showy, and lame, but whatever. The service is decent, the prices are good, theres a small bar... i mean really small. The food is kinda flavorless... like they cater to the dead, but you know, maybe its just me, and maybe i shouldnt eat sweet tarts before i go.
Go when you are daring or bored, or next time you are in that red vinyl booth, eating meatloaf by yourself kinda mood... drink milk with it to feel extra apathetic.

Pros: Good Parking

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I had heard such good things about this place. It's obviously very well known to the San Gabriel Valley residents. I, however, turned out to not be such a fan. I'm not much into the coffee shop atmosphere-which this was. I was also expecting a more authentic BBQ rustic sort of place and was not impressed by the food. In addition, the waitress messed up our order which didnt help. My dining friend refused to eat what she ordered it was so bad.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had heard such good things about this place. It's obviously very well known to the San Gabriel Valley residents. I, however, turned out to not be such a fan. I'm not much into the coffee shop atmosphere-which this was. I was also expecting a more authentic BBQ rustic sort of place and was not impressed by the food. In addition, the waitress messed up our order which didnt help. My dining friend refused to eat what she ordered it was so bad.

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This South Pasadena landmark, which has beckoned diners with its glorious neon sign since 1946, has a newly revamped interior, plus an updated menu that attracts old-timers, snooty foodies and barbecue freaks alike. The retro feel is…

 

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