Whenever we are flying back from a trip into Burbank Airport, my wife and I always go to Bob's Big Boy on Riverside, just west of Pass.
It's probably more of a nostalgia thing but the food is pretty decent if you like that old-style diner fare. Great milkshakes and hot fudge brownie dessert.
On Friday nights they have a car rally so parking is a pain but it's a blast to see all those restored cars.
I second the reco for the Ramp...which is literally right off the 5 freeway at Hollywood Way, very close to the airport, or The Daily Grill. I love their iceberg wedge...excellent combo of blue cheese, chopped tomato, savory bacon and an excellent tangy vinaigrette. Also...make a very good martini at the Grill.
the mariscos aren't bad but it's close and decent. daily grill is safe and perfectly fine - this one is actually nicer than some of the others, a bit more clubby in feel.
2 places I like nearby
10516 VICTORY BLVD
columbian food, great drinks (try the lulo shake, no milk)
the Burbank branch of Porto's is fine.
3614 W MAGNOLIA BLVD 91505
As well, for something a little different there's buchanan's
2013 W BURBANK BLVD
Gary Bric's Ramp. Old roadside joint turned decent steakhouse (no, it's not Morton's, but pretty darned good anyway). Also one of the best burgers in L.A., dirt cheap, in a charmed old time kind of atmosphere. FYI, the burgers MIGHT only be served in the bar area at night (you'll have to ask).
It's on Hollywood Way about a mile or so north of the airport, right after the 5 FWY north on ramp.
What kind of food do you want, and how far are you willing to go out of your way? (5 minutes, 10 minutes...)
Right around the airport is a bit of a chow drought -- there's Mariscos Costa Azul on Empire and Buena Vista, and Pa' Comer, Rigo's Taco and Mariscos Colima on Vanowen between Clybourn and Vineland... that's it for the immediate vicinity.
re: Das Ubergeek
In that case, you have:
Thai Gulch (a series of 5-10 restaurants on Sherman Way between Whitsett/170 and Fulton) at your disposal, including Bua Siam, Krua Thai, Sanamluang, Cha Chaa, Swan, Sunshine and Khun Dang. Two lights south on Coldwater Canyon on the left side is Sri Siam, which is also very good.
Las Quenas (Bellaire and Sherman Way) -- what I repeatedly trumpet as the tastiest Peruvian in the Valley
French 75 (Olive and Alameda)
Dino's Pizza (Burbank and Hollywood Way)
Kuru Kuru Sushi (Hollywood and Verdugo, next to Sav-On) -- normal, nice sushi place. Not uppity, not fancy, just a nice sushi place with good fish.
Taste Chicago (Hollywood and Verdugo, across from Sav-On) -- not a date place, but you can get good Italian Beef and their wonderful anisetta salad, and sit on the patio.
Picanha Churrascaria (Third and Palm) -- what can I say? It might be a meat-eating kind of night.
Market City Caffe (San Fernando and Orange Grove) -- go for the antipasto bar and the bread, I never bother with any actual food though my wife once had a terrific bowl of lobster bisque there.
re: Das Ubergeek