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REVIEW: Providence St. Joseph Hospital Cafeteria, Burbank

After the furore surrounding the birth of my daughter at noon today, and after we established that mom and baby were fine (and undergoing the usual tests), I realised I was at loose ends and hadn't eaten anything in many, many, many hours. I wandered to the cafeteria at the hospital and realised there's a reason all the staff members walk on to the Disney lot to eat at the commissary.

The service was non-existent. Though they're open late hours, there was precious little food. I scrounged an old salad, connived a guy into cooking me a cheeseburger, and grabbed an apple and a bottle of water. This set me back a whopping $8, but it's like being at Magic Mountain, you pay what they tell you to pay. The cheeseburger was precooked, the salad dressing was 90% oil and 10% sugar, the apple was bruised but the bottle of Aquafina water was OK.

And so Burbank's notoriety as a chow-free zone continues...

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  1. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. I had my son at the same hospital; great nurses! Re: the food; Toluca Lake is close to St. Joe's & there are some good restaurants there.

    1. Congratulations!

      Being the proud father of two kids born at St. Joseph's -- both around noon -- I can tell you that both were celebrated with good, comforting food, and not an inconsiderable number of well made cocktails at the Smokehouse, just down Riverside, off of Barham in Burbank/Toluca Lake. Not gourmet food by any means, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for that place. Good food, comfortable, welcoming setting and good drinks. A nice way to welcome and celebrate new life coming into this world. Cheers!

      1. That is the reason PSJMC employees eat at the Disney Commissary everyday. The food is the same price but so much better. The reason we are allowed to eat there has something to do with Walt, making a promise that the employees of the hospital would always have permission to use their lunch facilities. Even though the Disney people would like to get rid of us, we eat lunch there, just like Disney employees.

        1. C'mon, Das, it must have been the euphoria (congrats, btw) over your new arrival that blurred your vision.

          How could you even considered SJHC, or any hospital cafeteria ANYWHERE to be "chow-worthy"? To me, that's almost like reviewing a bowling alley snack bar, gas station food, 7-11, or the myriad of other places one might buy "food" only due to necessity/convenience.

          I have eaten at several hospital cafeterias in recent years, and found the "food" just above gross. Das, do share - where, if anywhere, have you had good hospital cafeteria food?

          GK in SO

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          1. re: GK in SO

            Actually, the salad bar at UCLA's Medical Center isn't half bad.

            Congratulations, Das!! :D

          2. Congrats on the arrival of Miss Ubergeek!

            You might consider having your (ahem) *next* baby @ St Jude's in Fullerton so you'll be just a mile away from cheap, chewy steaks @ THE HUNGRY BEAR or a wonderful neighbourhood sushi @ FUN SUSHI MOMO...both of which are walking distances from the hospital.

            Again, congrats on the arrival of your little one. Hope you, Mrs & Miss are all doing well.

            1. I think the current basement cafeteria at St. Joe's is supposed to be temporary while they expand their regular space which used to be next to the outdoor park with the koi pond.

              I haven't been to the old cafeteria for years but it wasn't all that bad for hospital food. I was at the current one in October and it was wretched.

              1. Congrats! So next posts will be take out places? ;)

                1. Congrats on the birth of your daughter! I told my husband that when this kid is born, I'm sending SOMEONE out for a giant platter of sushi.

                  1. Congratulations on your new daughter! I guess this is one Providence where you would be best to avoid the tasting menu.