Robin's Real Wood BBQ & Grill
By JOE O'CONNELL, Director and President
First posted January 25, 2002 at 11:02 PM PST (0702 GMT)
Last updated February 19, 2002 at 11:30 AM PST (1930 GMT)
PASADENA, California -- One of the very best barbecue restaurants in
Southern California is Robin's Wood Fire B-B-Q & Grill
Robin's Wood Fire B-B-Q & Grill
Robin's Wood Fire B-B-Q & Grill in
cooks only authentic
pit barbecue -- which requires that meat be cooked only with the heat
and smoke of wood and wood coals. Real barbecue never uses gas or
electricity, and ribs are never steamed or boiled.
Robin's proprietor is Robin Salzer, a Milwaukee transplant.
Robin's has been in the Hastings Ranch section of Pasadena since 1982,
when it began as an upscale coffee shop. In 1999, Robin decided to
turn the restaurant, in the words of the Los Angeles New Times
writer Meredith Brody, into "a showcase for the barbecuing hobby
that had brought him raves for years." Los Angeles New Time,
Vol. 7, No. 2, page 27.
Highly ranked restaurant
Robin's is ranked in the Zagat guide as one of the "Top Three Restaurants
for Ribs" in Los Angeles. Famed Los Angeles restaurant critics such
Dills and Merrill
Shindler have praised Robin's barbecue as among the very best in
the Southland. According to Elmer Dills in his December 22, 2001
Wood Fire BBQ & Grill in East Pasadena, was recently named as one of
the top three BBQ restaurants in LA by the Zagat Guide. A casual
ambiance with lots of memorabilia on the walls and just the right
atmosphere for a BBQ place. . . .
[Restaurant visitors should] consider Robins Garbage Can Lid platter
with onion rings, fries, hot wings, spare ribs, beef ribs, and links on
a garbage can lid. $16.95 and two can easily share. Elmer
Elmer knows and loves barbecue and has written, "If I knew I
only had 24 hours left on this earth, my last supper would certainly
include all my BBQ favorites." Elmer
Robin's uses only hickory logs and mesquite charcoal to impart a
rich, authentic smoke flavor to the ribs, tri-tip, chicken and sausage.
Catering and events
In addition to the restaurant operation, Robin's offers catering
services and participates in a variety of community events, at which
Robin's sells authentic barbecue to the public.
Robin's has been designated by the California Barbecue Association as
an authentic American barbecue restaurant.
The ribs, pork, beef and other barbecue meats are moist, tender and smoky. The sides
are very good.
Robin's would be a success if it was located in Memphis or Kansas
City. For Los Angeles, there is no better barbecue. Everyone who knows and appreciates real, authentic
American barbecue will enjoy Robin's.
Robin's Wood Fire B-B-Q and Grill
395 North Rosemead Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91107