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Jan 5, 2007 11:29 PM

Anyone been to Columbo's?

Is there any dish you would recommend? I've never been there but needed some advice. I'm not sure if there's more than one but I think this one is in Glendale.

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  1. I think you mean the one in Eagle Rock. I love this place, for the atmosphere (it's a hoot), the incredibly strong drinks ("we're known for our generous pour"), and pretty decent food. Skip the steaks and go for the lasagna. They do it in little tornadoes that come out quite nicely. It's very reasonable too. My midwest friends say it reminds them of the italian joints of their youth.

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    1. re: martyR

      DON'T skip the steaks - better than anything else on the menu and probably better than anything nearby short of the Arroyo Chophouse (though nowhere near that), especially for the price. Pastas are fine but not really that special. Entertainment can be off-putting, but during the week not too obnoxious - really good pianist makes up for the singer who is fine but can seem Bill Murrayesque at times. Customers have been known to contribute musically at times - go early and get out before 9.

    2. I was there on a Saturday night not too long ago and there was a blues band playing there LOUDLY. So, depending on the day and time, may not be the best place for conversation. I was with a party of 5 and we ate the pizza. It was actually quite decent. Also had a side of spinach with garlic and it was fresh and very garlicky. Overall, we were pleasantly surprised. It does have a real old "joint" feel. Has a full bar, too.

      1. Sometimes the food/meat was served way too done or not done enough. Stick with the pasta.

        1. This place is all about going back in time. It's been there since 1954 I believe and I don't think much has changed since then. The food is what you'd expect from a 1950's italian steakhouse. The drinks are strong. They play live music during the dinner hour. The owner greets you, the staff is attentive, and the owner's wife sits at a both and watches to make sure everyone is taken care of and she says goodbye to all her patrons. It's very sweet, like I said, It's like stepping back in time.

          1. I probably shouldn't be doing this, but 97.1 KLSX has a radio show about restaurants on the weekends. They usually offer $50 gift certificates for $25 (sometimes lower) in limited quantities. Right now, they have $50 gift certificates for $15 for Columbo's. I was a bit skeptical at first, but was convinced after I made my first purchase. Now, don't go and tell a bunch of people about this, and ruin a good thing. Leave it only for chowhounds and other people who just love food.