Have You Been to The Canoe House?

'Pasadena Weekly' reviews The Canoe House. Have you been?

Pasadena Weekly writer Dan O'Heron calls , formerly Wild Thyme, "a Polynesian island scene" with "a colorful array of tropical salads and soups."

He writes:

Entering the restaurant these days, it would be hard to remember it was once a Wild Thyme. 

The six-month rebuilding process was not simply a restoration like replacing a divot on a golf course; it was a total ground scraping to supplant everything: bar, grill, ovens, patio fire pit, private dining room and rest rooms.  

For ornament, there’s a genuine outrigger canoe dangling from the ceiling, surfboards and paddles embracing the rafters and bamboo-framed photo murals and paintings climbing the walls.  

For regulars disaffected by Wild Thyme’s demise, the partners have moved some of the baking gear and pie recipes over to the Shaker facilities. The baking stead has been transformed into a shivering room, where some 12 tap beer tanks are kept at a guaranteed temperature of 38 degrees — the ideal chill that American beer drinkers crave but seldom get. 

Patch Asks: Have you been to The Canoe House? How does it compare to Wild Thyme? What's your favorite menu item?



Nate Carlson July 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I've been there four times and really like it. The pork tacos are pretty good, and there are a lot of interesting-looking items on the menu. A seating tip - if you don't want a constant stream of kids hovering over you or climbing over you as you try to eat, sit far away from the fire pit outside. The glittery glass shards are mesmerizing to children, and parents just seem to let their kids roam restaurants these days, so you won't get much peace.
Just My Opinion July 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Just curious....is Bruce (Gowern) still the general manager?
Herbert Barnes July 28, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Yes, I've been there 4 times. However I can't say too much about the menu because I ordered their green chile cheeseburger on my first visit and again on all 3 subsequent visits. I tend to "lock on" when I find something at a restaurant that I really enjoy.
DC July 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
So much potential! Unique niche for the area, nice looking bar, fun interior for adults and children alike. We were initially excited to try out the items on the menu, but found the food to be very disappointing and very average. Just about everyone I've talked to has had the same experience. Shame! They should get a real chef and/or train the cooks they've got to ramp it up on the food prep and make this place great. Also, the service was s-l-o-w and though friendly, not very good.


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