Is It Any Good?

A British-style pub in Old Town Pasadena.

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I’m sitting outside a Irish-style Pub in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, and I don’t think I’m doing it right.

Like I said Irish-style Pub. I should be inside having a Guinness with a Steak and Kidney pie right?

So why the hell am I having brunch outside on a Sunday.

Part of this is my fault. I walked past Lucky Baldwin’s after seeing it for years, and decided that the next chance I got, specifically for an Is It Any Good Review, I was going in.

I wanted Lunch. I wanted that Beer. I wanted to see what else that’d mean at an Irish-style–

–wait. There are a bunch of Union Jacks on the menu.

So this Lucky Baldwin’s actually a British-style Pub?

Ooookay.

I wanted Lunch. I wanted that Beer. I wanted to see what else that’d mean at a British-style Pub in the heart of Pasadena.

But I did it on a Sunday…

…when they serve brunch.

Okay, my bad.

Lucky Baldwin's Pub

C’mon, you’ve seen this place before. Walking up Colorado Blvd. You’ve come down on the Blick’s/Zilin/Distant Lands side of the Schoolhouse Parking Structure and are headed for…well, wherever you’re headed for. And there, on your left is a bunch of Pasadenans dressed up in all manner of Soccer kits…

Hold, on. Excuse me. Gotta talk to the staff. Is It Any Good will be right back.

Well, of course I said Soccer? What did you expect me to say?

Futbol? Well, this is an American Website, so…why shouldn’t I say Soccer?

No. No. I’m going with Soccer. Is Kit alright?

Anyway, back to our review.

Yes, they do the Soccer thing at Lucky Baldwin’s. They also do the Guinness thing and the Bangers and Mash thing, and the Fish and Chips thing.

Yet here I am…

…doing brunch.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Okay, so how was Brunch there, Mister Food Blogger guy?

Well

It’s tough to say. A place like Lucky Baldwin’s isn’t exactly designed for lunch. It’s designed to sling beers, and maybe stop off at to watch some Soccer. But a light Weekend Brunch? Ehhh…

It’s not totally bad for brunch. Seating outside is nice. It’s in the Alley, and the noise from Raymond is kinda suppressed. So as a setting, it’s not totally bad.

And the Brunch itself is…well….

I ordered the Steak and Eggs, which came with a Grilled Tomato. Very inexpensive, very…okay.

Lucky Baldwin's Pub

C’mon, for $10.95, are you really expecting a good cut of meat?

I shouldn’t have.

Overall, for a Brunch, it’s all right, which is a bit of a surprise. Lucky Baldwin’s doesn’t totally suck, but…to be honest, you can do better going elsewhere.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing much to worry about, but if you go in through he entrance on Raymond Ave., you are kinda going into restaurant the Kitchen Area, which has a path to the rest of the restaurant, it’s just not totally convenient.

 

PARKING: First things first, check the Old Town Pasadena Parking and Valet Guide. The closest Parking Structure is the Schoolhouse Structure between Fair Oaks and Raymond. You can also try to park with the meters along Pasadena’s Central Park (Also between Fair Oaks and Raymond), but that also involves a further walk. Now, here, make sure you exit the structure heading toward Raymond. Once you get on Raymond, you’ll right next to the restaurant.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Lucky Baldwin’s
17 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Tel: (626) 795-0652

Hours:
Daily: 8:00 am – 1:30 am