- Flintridge Proper (click here for slide show)
If you are looking for a great meal at a local restaurant, then the Flintridge Proper Restaurant and Bar should be your next stop. If you are just looking for a place to meet a friend out for cocktails, then the Flintridge Proper Restaurant and Bar should be your next stop. If you have ever been curious about the origins of Gin or how to make the perfect cocktail, then signing up for a Saturday Mixology 101 class at the Flintridge Proper Restaurant and Bar should be on your agenda. Basically, you need to visit the Flintridge Proper Restaurant and Bar.
The Flintridge Proper Restaurant and Bar, known simply as the Proper, is located at 464 Foothill Boulevard in La Canada, theproper.com. It is the definition of a neighborhood restaurant and bar. Don’t let the location fool you. It is located in a strip mall, but once you enter you have been transported to a beautifully conceived dining and drinking experience. The restaurant and bar is a direct reflection of the community. The dining area is decorated with local treasures that not only make you feel at home, but also ready for the best part of coming home; a great home cooked meal. Local maps, yearbooks, photographs and banners fill the walls and shelves in the dining area. The overall atmosphere makes you feel welcome and at ease. It is a great way to start a dining experience.
You are already off to a great start even before looking at the menu. Once you do, you will realize that the Proper takes a farm fresh to table approach to American comfort food. Their knowledgeable staff will answer any questions about the menu and offer pairings from the wine list or cocktail bar that will complement any and every choice on the menu. Their seasonal menu relies on the freshest ingredients year round. They proudly make all sauces, jams and bread in house and you can taste the quality.
I was able to taste a variety of offerings when I was last there (I say last because I enjoyed it so much I have since returned on my own). The “Starter and Small Plates” menu runs from Deviled eggs to their famous Duck Wings to fresh Oysters on the Half Shell and perfect choices in between. The deviled eggs were simply delicious. The duck wings surely can be considered famous. They are such a unique twist on your average overdone big chain variety chicken wings that these alone will bring you back for another taste. Be warned, when they say they use a special house scorpion sauce, it has a little kick!
The overall menu was created with care over time. Even the most discriminating taste buds will find a meal they can enjoy here. You will find delightful salad choices to belly busting burgers and sandwiches to down home comfort entrees. When I say comfort, please don’t let that be misinterpreted with simple food. Take their American Pot Roast for example. I remember pot roast growing up. It was my Mother’s go to for feeding the clan. But, the Proper offers a version that may be the best plate of food I have enjoyed at any restaurant in the past year. Talk about tasty!
What is so great about the Proper is that you can visit often and have different experiences. The dining is fantastic, but the bar offers a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. They have truly put a lot of time and consideration into their bar and cocktail lounge. It starts with the bar itself. They have artfully recreated an amazing local sign that hangs over a well-lit and expansive bar, displaying a truly incredible variety of spirits. In fact, a tempting claim to fame for the Proper is its gin varieties. They offer the most gin varieties in the United States at over 200 different options. Not your ordinary bartender can work here. They must have passion and knowledge about a wide variety of specialty cocktails and alcohol in general. And let me tell you, they really do…
You can come to the Proper just for a refreshing drink after work or to meet friends for a night out. I cannot speak highly enough about their bar and bar staff. If you are tired of the plain and simple rum and coke or vodka soda with a twist, the Proper will offer you an amazing selection of age old cocktail creations and newly created ones just for their clientele. These can be a wonderful and refreshing change from the ordinary. For example, I tried the expertly, hand-made Aviation cocktail that actually tasted like a trip back in time. The Proper is a place you must sample from the specialty House Cocktail menu. You will have as much fun watching them be made and described by their extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff as you will drinking them. And do not miss the Happy Hour offered every day from 3-6pm.
I believe the Proper has attained one of its original goals when opening a couple years ago. They have created a local neighborhood destination for family, friends and excellent food. When you add the fun created by an imaginative and refreshing bar, you have a location to remember and return to often. La Canada is lucky to have the Proper located in its backyard. As I mentioned earlier, if you are looking for a great meal, a great cocktail, great staff, great fun, and a great time, the Proper should be your next stop. Please
- Simple BBQ Ribs
“Country-style ribs are cut from the loin, one of the leanest areas of pork. These ribs are seasoned, boiled until tender, then baked with your favorite barbeque sauce. That’s it! Back to simplicity, back to the country life. Sigh.”
Original recipe makes 4 servingsChange Servings
2 1/2 pounds country style pork ribs
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons salt
1 cup barbeque sauce
Place ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover. Season with garlic powder, black pepper and salt. Bring water to a boil, and cook ribs until tender.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Remove ribs from pot, and place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour barbeque sauce over ribs. Cover dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature of pork has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).