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Smokehouse, Tally Rand, Auntie Em's, or none of the above?

I'm looking for a lunch spot in Burbank, or between Century City and Burbank.

Looking through past posts, I'm intrigued by Smokehouse in general, the chicken club at Tally Rand, and the cupcakes and shepherd pie at Auntie Em's.

There were only a few replies about any of these places, so I'm wondering if there are new opinions or an obvious choice of what's best these days. I don't really care what kind of food I end up eating, but would like a place that won't be a complete zoo for four people trying to eat early on a Sunday morning.

A cute place with delicious food would be ideal. TIA.

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  1. Hi... Big fan of Auntie Em's breakfasts (pancakes, turkey sausage, and seasonal fruitcups) and baked goods (not just the cupcakes). Casual and interesting for people watching, too. Reminds me of the golden age of venice beach from decades ago, if that ever really existed outside of my mind. I call it 21st century bohemian, in the best sense of the term...

    1. I like the Turkey melt at Tally Rand better than the chicken club. Get it with bacon and avocado and go crazy!

      Steve Doggie-Dogg
      www.hotdogspot.com

      1. Eliminate the Smokehouse unless you're 65+...kind of an old school place and the only highlight is their garlic bread.
        http://www.smokehouse1946.com/Home.html

        1. I'm way below 65 and I always enjoy the Smokehouse. The garlic cheese bread (it's not really garlic bread) is addictive but I also like their steaks and seafood. The fish and chips is especially good.

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          1. re: Hackenbush

            Smokehouse is so cool, it's got a great old-school vibe and the food is really good. We ate there last night and if you get there before 6, it's 25% off. The place was packed. Try it for nostalgic fun.

          2. I <<<WISH>>>> Auntie Em's had a branch in Burbank.

            1. Well, if you're eliminating the bluehair places, you can't go to the Tallyrand either... but any sandwich involving the turkey and the sourdough bread is a must at Tallyrand.

              It's pretty grim inside but it's by far the best option in that general Verdugo/Victory/Olive area.

              1. There's a not-bad (but not great) buffet at the Smokehouse on Sunday morning; you save a couple of bucks if you get there early enough.

                Breakfast items, carving stations, etc.

                1. RECENT VISIT TO THE SMOKEHOUSE:

                  TENDER FLAVORFUL MEDIUM RARE FLAT IRON STEAK. CHEESY CHUNKY POTATOES. FRESH AWESOME SALAD WITH TANGY BLEU CHEESE DRESSING. CRISPY TASTY GREEN BEANS. A HUGE BREADED ONION RING THAT WEIGHED AT LEAST 2 POUNDS. HOT GARLIC CHEESE BREAD.

                  excuse me... the saliva is dripping from the side of my mouth as I type.... gotta go...

                  1. Recent visit to the Smokehouse:

                    Saltiest onion soup in the history of history.
                    "Garlic" bread made from bread, margarine and the cheese that comes in a packet of Kraft Dinner.
                    Club sandwich with stale bread.

                    Someone else had the onion ring (it truly was huge) -- it looked, though, like 1.8 pounds of breading and 0.2 pounds of onion.

                    Try the Granville, on San Fernando Road -- for the price, you can't beat it in Burbank.

                    1. Yes, the smokehouse is pretty awful. The place is great though, it just has bad food. If you stick to prime rib you'll be ok.

                      1. Try the Eclectic Cafe in NoHo. Not that far from Toluca Lake. Corner of Lankershim and Magnolia. Great salads and sandwiches or if you are in the mood they have good pasta.

                        1. None of the joints listed in the original post will cook up much of a lunch for you early on a Sunday morning. They're all deeply into breakfast/brunch until 1pm. Angelenos don't start perking the coffee until 11am on Sundays.

                          Traffic, however, is a breeze til noon!