Sometimes a great restaurant experience is all about the venue. Certain settings encourage an easygoing, unhurried time. Such is the case at the Pub at Golden Road Brewing.
People come here to hang out and drink fresh-brewed beer. They bring their dogs. They bring babies. They celebrate birthdays. They catch up after work. It's as comfortable as your dad's garage, but cleaner. So if the food is not knock-your-socks-off caliber, it's OK; the beer is.
One can't help but be impressed by the beer-centric empire that Tony Yanow (of Tony's Darts Away fame) and Yale grad Meg Gill have built. A compound of three large brightly painted warehouses just off the 134 freeway on San Fernando Road is home to an ambitious microbrewing, canning, storage and serving facility.
For the Record: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Tony Yanow's name.
But even with the magnitude of it all, it's easy to recognize the eco-awareness that is important to Yanow and Gill. Beers come in washable glasses or recycling- and flavor-friendly cans. Much of the food is vegan, local and organic. Even the to-go containers are made from recycled materials.