In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much money you can save — and fun you can have — by cooking these dishes at home!
This week: Barney’s Clam Chowder, from Barney’s Beanery, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Opened in 1920, Barney’s Beanery became well-known in the ’60s as a counterculture hangout for such rock ’n’ roll legends as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. (In fact, it is reported that Janis Joplin had her last drink there.) Its name was coined in the Depression era when the restaurant served beans on Route 66; now, under its current chef and co-owner, David Houston, the roadhouse- style restaurant has become a West Hollywood hot spot once again.
About the chef
As the first restaurant David Houston visited when he moved to Los Angeles, Barney’s Beanery holds a special piece in his heart. Taking a liking to its laid-back atmosphere, all-American food and maverick clientele, Houston continued to come back again and again.
So when a realtor’s flyer landed in his mailbox offering the place for sale, it was a Hollywood tale come true. Since taking over in 2000, Houston has seen business boom, and he recently opened Barney’s Beanery-West, in nearby Santa Monica.
Houston’s career as a restaurateur began in the 1980s, after a midweek visit to a local pool hall in Los Angeles where no empty tables were available. It became immediately clear that any establishment that busy on a Wednesday night had potential for growth.
At the age of 26, the young entrepreneur opened Q’s Billiards in West Los Angeles in 1988. It quickly filled a niche in the L.A. landscape, and Houston opened another Q’s in Old Town Pasadena in 1992. Next on the map was the opening of another Q’s in Santa Barbara.
(PLEASE NOTE: Ingredient prices are estimates and based on national averages. Amounts listed are for one portion. Increase proportionately according to number of portions desired.)
8447 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Barney's Beanery West
1351 3rd St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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