One of my favorite haunts is Clearman’s Steak N’ Stein in Pico Rivera minutes from the 605 freeway. Happy hour runs from 3/4PM until 7PM Monday through Friday.
It’s an eclectic place that’s super dark when you walk in. During the summer, they convert their fire pit into a weird fountain…but for much of the year…it’s a roaring fire pit. The place is decorated in ancient dark wood and red leather/pleather/velvet furniture. The walls are covered with stained glass and old paintings that you would find in an old European house…like I said, it’s eclectic and some would say kooky…but it totally adds to the character of the place…I really love it.
The bar area is managed by their old school bartenders who know how to make a solid classic drink (i.e. martini, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, et al). Most of the drinks are good…I don’t think I’ve had anything terrible. They tend to have a bit of a heavy hand, too…but that’s part of the charm. I like to sit on the couches closest to the fire pit because it’s the best seat in the house. The waitstaff quickly appear to take care of you. You can get the unlimited house salads and cheese bread for about $10. They bring out their red cabbage slaw, a green salad, a tray of 3 of their house made dressings (French, Sour cream and onion, and bleu cheese), and their addictive cheese bread. You can have them refill it as many times as you want. Throw in an order of $7 teriyaki steak tidbits, and that’s a fabulous dinner to me. There are plenty of other reasonably priced items but I stick to these two, My friends enjoy the calamari, the giant baked potato (with house made cheese sauce, sour cream and onion dressing, and butter) In an evening, I usually have 2-4 drinks while I eat. They have entertainment most Friday nights…we do our friends holiday get together here in December when they decorate it for Christmas.