Cronies Restaurant: It’s Not Just For Beer

It’s a family restaurant! Read to the end for the $50 gift card giveaway.

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A few weeks ago, my family went to Cronies for dinner – it was the night the restaurant was donating 20% back to the kids’ school if you presented a special flyer. My younger son had had a baseball game, and I walked up and down the bleachers handing out flyers, hopefully inspiring people to visit this family restaurant/sports “grill.”

When we got there, we saw at least a dozen other families from our school. Their kids had had baseball games and softball games, or they were just hungry and they wanted to support the school and have someone else make dinner. Win-win.

The truth is, Cronies looks like a sports bar from the outside. The word “Cronies” and the many neon beer signs will steer you to that impression. But what Cronies’ management wants you to know is that the restaurant is actually a family place, where you can gather, find something on the menu that will delight everyone, let the kids goof around and be kind of loud, and also, you can drink a beer. A very, very cold beer.

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Come on, Agoura Hills. Don’t we need that kind of place around here?

What used to be Angel Cafe, full of booths and Italian food, is now Cronies, anchoring the CVS/Vons plaza at Kanan Ave. and Thousand Oaks Blvd. There is plenty of parking, and a Goodwill book store nearby.

Cronies family restaurant and sports grillThe wings are delicious

Cronies is open from breakfast through late night, and you can always find a friendly face there. Manager Wayne Smith will greet you with a handshake and his bearded smile, and if you engage him in conversation he will point up to a photograph on the wall taken in the (I’m guessing) early 80’s: that’s me, he’ll say, the child in the owner’s arms.

Because Cronies goes way back. Its original location is in Ventura, and the owners branched out to Agoura because let’s face it. We needed them as much as they need us.

Since its opening several months ago, Cronies has supported neighborhood schools, the Great Race, and a family that lost its mother in a tragic car crash. The bartenders have served up countless drafts, they have hosted Superbowl parties and March Madness happy hours, and opened its doors for breakfast and lunch. Cronies wants us to become like them – cronies in the best definition of the word: lifelong friends.

Yeah, yeah, it’s great for blowing off steam after work or a baseball game. “But how’s the food, Kim?” you ask. And I’m glad you did.

The first time I went to Cronies it was for lunch. The place was nearly deserted. “Bingo!” I thought. “A great place for meeting a friend, or conducting business over a meal.” I’m thinking PTA meetings. (Amirite, ladies and gents?)

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The food didn’t disappoint. Beyond the basic bar food of burgers and fries – which are solid, dependable choices – Cronies has a great list of salads to choose from, my favorite being the “protein salad” which has tuna salad, sprouts, and nuts over a bed of greens. Our family also tried the chicken wings, both the hot wings and the barbecue sauce version. I could eat them all by myself if necessary. And my husband had a pulled pork sandwich which he generously shared – it was sweet and savory and delicious.

frozen beers

Cronies serves beer in giant ice cream bowls – I believe they are referred to as “schooners” but I can totally imagine eating an ice cream sundae out of one – and the beer is super ice cold. They don’t have a full bar and even though I like wine (hey it’s me you’re talking to here…) I prefer to drink something closer to beer so I usually choose a Mike’s hard lemonade or cranberry which they will serve over ice, mimicking a cocktail. Good enough!

The bottom line is: go to Cronies for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a relaxed atmosphere where you can watch the game, pawn your kids off on the quarter-hungry machines, and be kind of loud. It’s perfect for team parties, or lunch with your friends where you can hear each other talk, and then run into the grocery store to pick up a few things before getting back to work or picking up the kids. Happy hour is from 2-6 – that is a LONG happy hour, designed to “beat any crowd,” and there’s always a promo running, so check them out.

Cronies
5687 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 889-0889

Giveaway: Cronies has offered a $50 gift card to a lucky Agoura Hills Mom reader. Just leave a comment here and tell me what your favorite Cronies drink or dish is, or what you’d like to try. One comment entry per person. Make sure your email address is entered (will not be published). For an extra entry, follow @agourahillsmom on Instagram and leave your handle in your comment. Winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries received by 11:59 PM, Friday April 24.

Comments

  1. My favorite drink is Firestone 805! The huge frosty schooner is delicious, and because it comes from a local brewery, I feel good about both my reduced carbon footprint and about patronizing a local establishment. Win win!

  2. I have never been to the Cronies in Agoura, but the one in Newbury Oark has seen my face too many times to count. I love their wings and their salads along with a side of French fries. My favorite drink? An ice cold cider. And now….I’m hungry AND thirsty.

  3. This looks tasty!

  4. Michelle says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by Cronies. I already follow you on Instagram @peevedmichelle

  5. I’d like to try the veggie burger if there is one. If not I’ll try all the beers. Maybe some breakfast.

  6. Great place to watch sports, especially with kids. Icy cold beers, good food,
    and great service. I love the moveable tables; makes it easy for a big group.

  7. Stephanie V. says:

    I’d like to try the Thirsty Chicken Sandwich and have a huge schooner of cold, refreshing beer! Followed you in Instagram – tiffie555
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  8. Tory Hervey says:

    I like their nachos and omlettes

  9. Those tacos look delish! And the wings? Yum! I’d also like to try that salad. (Minus the sprouts. Sorry, just not a sprouts girl!)

    And an ice cream goblet full of Fat Tire Ale? Oh yes, please.

    (P.S. my Instagram handle is @rossgirl08)

  10. My fave are any of their beers! You can’t go wrong with such ice cold glasses! Best ice cold beers ever!

  11. Danielle Marie says:

    i am a huge fan of beer and the kona big wave looks amazing right now.

  12. Lisa Gofberg says:

    I’ve never been!! Tragedy!!

  13. I have never been a fan of chicken wings previously. But wow! The thirsty sauce wings at Cronies are amazing! This is definitely my favorite, washed down with a few Stella Cidres. Love this place!

  14. Big Daddy Burger!

  15. Heather Romano says:

    We love Cronies and Wayne is great! I love the chicken delight sandwich and add thirsty sauce. Love the Stella Cidres too! Instagram handle – romanosrock4

  16. I am intrigued by the Thirsty Chicken Sandwich 🙂

  17. My favorite drink is the Ballast Point Sculpin and I love the french dip sandwich with garlic fries!

  18. Christina says:

    That beer sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it – sounds like the perfect low-key date night.

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