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Good Hole-In-The-Wall Places in the Glendale Area?

carln Aug 1, 2006 04:06 PM

Am new to the area and looking for good places for lunch. Ethnic food is a plus.


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    cycler15 Aug 1, 2006 04:41 PM

    Mario's Italian Deli has THE BEST SANDWICHES around. I kid you not. Try the turkey or the hot pastrami (I usually get with avocado).

    They are located on Broadway a few blocks east of Brand Blvd. The line can get pretty long during lunch rush hour so I always call my order in ahead of time and pick up.

    1. Das Ubergeek Aug 1, 2006 10:26 PM

      How about the Great Grill, across from Glendale College (on Canada Blvd., just north of the Verdugo/Canada/Glendale split and a little further north of Mountain Ave.)? Love those Great Burgers, with bacon and avocado and cheese... mmmm.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        cycler15 Aug 2, 2006 03:21 AM

        Oh man... I haven't been to the Great Grill in over 10 years (since when I used to lived in Glendale). Very good burgers. That totally brought back fond food memories. They also have good onion rings and patty melts.

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        Joe Aug 1, 2006 10:39 PM

        Cafe Bravo on the north east corner of Glenoaks and Grandview.
        Lunch (chicken or beef kebabs) served with salad, pita bread, a side of your choice for around $7.00. It's delicious and you can't beat the price. I think it qualifies as a hole in the wall.

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          slacker Aug 1, 2006 10:49 PM

          India Sweets and Spices on Los Feliz. http://www.indiasweetsandspices.org/

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            oro3030 Aug 1, 2006 11:42 PM

            Elena's Greek and Armenian or any of the dozen other Persian kabob places on Glendale Blvd (e.g. Shamshiri) that people on this board debate about which is better.

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              cycler15 Aug 2, 2006 03:23 AM

              Elena's is great. My parents love that place and always get food to go. Their beef/lamb plates are excellent.

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                ladelfa Aug 2, 2006 10:29 PM

                I've been there three times, and each time the service ranged from indifferent to outright rude. The old ladies there are careless about getting the order correct and then when the customer points out the error they tell him he's a liar. I saw this happen to _three_ tables the last time I was there. I'll never ever go back, because the food isn't stellar enough to compensate for this. I get the sense they don't like having non-Armenian customers.

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                jackattack Aug 2, 2006 12:23 AM


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                  czaplin Aug 2, 2006 05:39 AM

                  The address says that it's Glendale, but it is on the Highland Park/Glendale border at the corner of Verdugo and York. A Polish restaurant called Polka. The food is great and the service, a Polish Couple, is excellent.

                  In the same mini mall there is also a Philipino BBQ place that has a constant stream of people going in. I cannot vouch for its good or bad -ness, but it is also dirt cheap.

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                    reality check Aug 2, 2006 06:37 PM

                    No, their business card says LA.

                    Service is slow but they couple are so nice you almost feel bad about complaining.

                    The food is great. Try the pork cutlet or the peirogi.

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                    revets2 Aug 2, 2006 04:17 PM

                    tacos villa coronas
                    glendale blvd.
                    atwater village

                    literally, a hole in the wall and the best tacos and burritos.

                    be patient. this is slow food.

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                      ladelfa Aug 2, 2006 10:23 PM

                      Taqueria Azteca (I believe is the name), across the street from Glendale High School, on Verdugo between Broadway and Colorado. I've only had the vegetarian burrito there, but it's the best San-Francisco style one I've found in LA so far, and consistantly good. Limited covered outdoor seating.

                      Farther south on Verdugo is Indra, a Thai restaurant. Apparently the stuff to get is whatever's in the steam trays you see when you first walk in (as opposed to ordering off the menu). Many people love this place, but I can't say it's done it for me yet.

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