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Any interesting Glendale eateries!!!

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Going to Glendale tonight for dinner and wondering if anyone knows of any interesting eateries. Thank you!!!

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  1. Raffi's Place (kabob)
    211 E Broadway
    Glendale, CA 91205-1008
    Phone: (818) 240-7411

    Paradise Pastry (pastries)
    (818) 545-4000
    1815 W Glenoaks Blvd
    Glendale, CA

    Mashti Malone's (Persian ice cream)
    143 N Maryland Ave
    Glendale, CA 91206
    Phone: (818) 662-0400

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    1. Nearby in La Canada....dishbreakfastlunchanddinner.com

      1. I love Bistro Verdu...the food is amazing the wine list is fabulous and the room is cozy and very neighborhood-y, service is relaxed and friendly.
        Lots of small plates to choose from and beautifully portioned entrees and very yummy desserts. Very low corckage if you BYOB.
        Dish is ok, the best reason to go there is that they are KCRW Merchants so you can get a great discount if you're a member.
        Food is good but lacking in atmosphere...I wouldn't consider it "interesting". Great full bar and a lot of CA wines to choose from...I'd consider it more for Sundays...great Bloody Marys and they'll be happy to bring 'em by the pitcher.

        1. According to another poster you don't have much more time to try Bistro Verdu... closing June 24.

          Downtown Glendale is mostly about Persian/Lebanese food, but I just had dinner the other day at Lola's Peruvian restaurant. They specialize in spit-roasted chicken, which is well-cooked and flavorful, served with a spicy aji sauce, and do a pretty mean ceviche too. We also tried the anticuchos - a traditional snack, here served as an appetizer, of skewered pieces of beef heart. Cooked on the grill, it was smoky and intensely beefy - very good.

          230 N Brand Blvd
          Glendale, CA 91203
          (818) 956-5888

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          1. re: Cicely

            What are the Lebanese restaurants in Glendale? I just looked them up-- Carousel and Madaloun. Are they good?

            1. re: katkoupai

              I prefer Carousel over Mandaloun. Having dined at the former countless times and the latter just once, perhaps my judgment is unfair. When judging by the quality of the muhammara, Carousel's is sublime. I've tried to replicate it and just can't figure out their secret. Mandaloun on the other hand serves their succulent chicken kabobs with a tastier version of the garlic sauce that Zankou is so well known for (I've heard that Crisco is a prime ingredient in their recipe!). As one who eats primarily vegetarian (though no zealot), I LOVE Carousel, and it's also quite suitable for meatlovers. They have family style dinners which are really good value! Only issue is the entertainment which begins at 9 PM and can be rather loud and distracting - one can resort to the patio.

              1. re: katkoupai

                Carousel is pretty good. Mandaloun used to be good, but they changed owners a few years back. The former owner Ara Kalfayan now reopened his original restaurant, Phoenicia, which I've been to twice and had excellent meals both times The selection and quality of the mezze is good. It doesn't seem to get much press but I think it's well worth trying.


              2. re: Cicely

                Be aware that service at Lola's, at least when I used to go, is so leisurely as to be almost non-existent. They have an excellent salmon salad, and their saltados are passable, but it's all about the chicken there.

              3. I know I'll get skewered, but...I really like Clancy's Crab Broiler!

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                1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                  I've seen it skewered and I'm bold enough to admit that I like Clancy's too, and make it a point of going there on trips to the Galleria. They serve yummy little beignets with honey butter. The sand dabs are delicately divine, the crab Louie is simply and honestly a crab Louie, they have yummy sides (a heap of nicely prepared spinach or garlic potatoes appeals to me), and their cornmeal-crusted scallops in remoulade sauce are absolutely fabulous! Sometimes I suspect it is the truly unhipster / untrendy atmosphere that turns some off. It's an unpretentious family place, they have fresh fish, and it's very affordable.

                  1. re: Vikzen

                    I've never eaten at Clancy's- and nobody in my family has, either.. I was never able to get any decent reviews of the place, even here on CH..The ones I found pretty much buried it, with the "untrendy and medicre food" aspect. But, if it's been there for so long, SOMEBODY'S going there, and loving it, right?

                    I think I'll give them a try soon!

                    1. re: Honeychan

                      try the linguini & clams(whole fresh clams and lots of em)or the mixed grill. Both are excellent. They may not br trendy but they are damn good!

                      1. re: Honeychan

                        Honestly, I think it's that the food is just OK -- though I haven't eaten the sand dabs -- and the service has always just been horrendous. We took our assistant there on Secr...er...Administrative Professionals' Day and it took nearly two hours for six people to have lunch in an almost-empty restaurant.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          I've al;ways gone on the weekend, and while the service wasn't anything to write home about, it wasn't that bad either.

                  2. Having asked myself the same question every week for a while, here are my conclusions:

                    Persian/Lebanese/Armenian restaurants are the best if you're into heavy meat. Carousel is great, though not cheap and unless you're really into middle eastern food, once a year is enough. Elena's on South Glendale Ave is a surprise - cheap great middle eastern with a Greek flair.

                    After that, there are some truly fine Italian places. Far Niente gets my vote for best non-middle eastern restaurant in the City. Really fine Italian food, reasonable wines, nice enough atmosphere; they will cook to oreder if they have the ingredients. Milano's on Brand is next in line - underrated. Very nice pastas and surprisingly good fish preparations.

                    Montrose has Zeke's overrated overpriced barbecue, but you asked for interesting places, and this is one. Harvest Moon in good updated Americanized Chinese. La Cabinita is great Mexican without the "Tex" part. And Verdu is...gone.

                    After that I would head to Eagle Rock, non-Old Town Pasadena, or Downtown LA.

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                    1. re: Griller141

                      Forgot Porto's on Brand - great pastries, and some ok entrees. But it has no atmosphere (wait in line style place), and it closes too early for dessert.
                      Also, for an ersatz polynesian experience, Damon's on Brand is a hoot. And if you only order the steaks (don't say I didn't warn you if you go for the fish) and Mai Tais, - it's good dining.

                      1. re: Griller141

                        Hey Griller141,
                        How could I forget Far Niente...I've been going there since I was a little girl and I love it.
                        They know what to do with a petite filet, OsoBuco (sp) is amazing, the pizzas are crispy and delicious, wine list good, BYOB and share w/the server as we do and most likely wont get charged the corkage, when they have they asparagus or broccoli soup go for it!
                        Yes, Far Niente is good.

                        1. re: Griller141

                          don't forget the divers scallops at far niente: FANTASTIC!!!!

                        2. Phoenicia has had great reviews and friends who went there loved it - Lebanese food and an upscale setting - I think you can look up a review at the L.A. Times.

                          1. Agree with Raffi's m wife's Persian family swears by the kabob.
                            Agree with Paradise but don't forget the savary stuff especially the lahmajoon.
                            If venturing to Montrose their is not other place to go other than La Cabinita. The best mexican restaurant in LA. Mexico City style. Chile Rellanos.

                            1. Depends what part of Glendale. If you're up near the top of the 2, as many others have said, La Cabanita is excellent. Across the street and up two blocks or so is Divina Cucina, which is quite good Italian food and has excellent soups (get the daily special, no matter what it is). New Moon is an attempt at a "fancier" Cantonese place -- their sea scallops in garlic sauce are outstanding. And, on Ocean View Blvd., those two doyens of European foodstuffs, Schreiner's Fine Sausages & Meats [German] and Berolina Bakery [Swedish], stand next door to each other.

                              In downtown -- if you're thinking kabobs, Raffi's is the place to go... and mundane though it sounds, their rice is the best basmati I've ever eaten, anywhere, at any time. Skip the yoghurt appetisers in favour of their bean salad, which is excellent, and get homemade doogh (also known as "tahn", it's a salted yoghurt drink akin to thin plain lassi).

                              I like Billy's Deli on Orange Ave. The waitresses crack me up and the food is nice, normal deli food filtered through the weirdness that is an L.A. deli trying to be New York. It isn't, of course, New York, but it's tasty anyway.

                              The Great Grill on Canada Blvd (?) across from Glendale College -- it's behind McDonalds -- has awesome burgers. A double Great is two patties, cheese, bacon and avocado -- crave it.

                              Porto's is the undisputed king of Brand Blvd., and with crowds to match. Cuban pastries the likes of which are nowhere else in the Valley (except at their Burbank store). Also worthwhile on Brand are Takeshi Ramen (they've changed a few recipes and cut back the salt and it's much better now), Carousel (if you're OK with the overweeningly fancy decor and the dress code in the evenings) and Gauchos Village, which is a Brazilian churrascaria.

                              North of the freeway, you have Shamshiri for their excellent soups and flavoured rices -- which, alas, Raffi's does not offer -- and almost to Burbank, near Paradise Pastry (of which much has been made), is Cafe Bravo, which is kabobs and salads and pretty much nothing else... the line is out the door by 11:50 on weekdays.

                              In South Glendale is a branch of the Baklava Factory, which has good baklava, and if you're into the whole Zankou thing it's right next door. There's also Filipino food -- Max's of Manila and Manila Good-Ha sa Glendale are my picks, the former for lunch/dinner and the latter for breakfast or merienda. There's branches of each of the queens of the Filipino bakery scene, Goldilocks and Red Ribbon -- Red Ribbon especially for the mango and ube cake.

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                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                Carousel in Glendale is excellent, fun, and pretty reasonable. I haven't really explored too much else in Glendale because I succumb to its siren song sooooo easily. The sauteed calve's liver is great, a bit like a nice Venetian Fegato. The lamb fries (testicles) are worth eating once for bragging rights. The muttabl (sp?), mouharrma, and hummus are very good. Umm, I really haven't had anything there I didn't like, just a few things I wouldn't do again (lamb fries, squab).

                                Weekend nights they have a prix fix thing (with a dress code) going with bad middle eastern pop, belly dancing, and much spectacle. I normally grab a table in the front room (where dress code is not enforced and you can order off the menu) to catch a little of the fun but not be immersed in the experience.


                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                  The one time I tried Billy's Deli I was ignored by the servers standing together chatting, ordered at the counter to eat there, was chastised by a waitress for not ordering from from her at the table. Then watched as the waitresses fawned over a teenager (flagrant ass kissing) who came in with some friends. He might well as have been wearing a sign :"OWNER'S SON"

                                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                    Thank you so much for these listings, Das_Ubergeek!!

                                    I was born and raised in Burbank, but did live in Glendale for about 6 months. Being that the 2 cities are neighbors (and I used to work at the Glendale Galleria!) I know Glendale quite well. I even worked in Montrose! (ahhh, my memory is failing, it's been so long!)

                                    The Great Grill?? Didn't they have a place in Burbank, as well?? Attached with a car-wash place, on Victory?? I remember eating there as a kid, and really liked their burgers.

                                    I remember getting sandwiches at Schreiners, when I worked on Honolulu Ave. VERY tasty food, and nice people there.

                                    Glendale has a ramen-shop on Brand? Is it even worth going to, what with Little Tokyo 10 minutes away?

                                    I'm visiting family for the week of the 4th of July, and want to try to make it to a few new places..Perhaps a side-trip to this ramen shop is in order? I know i'll be on Glenoaks, to get some good baklava.

                                    1. re: Honeychan

                                      Is it Daikokuya or Santouka? No.

                                      Is it fine for Glendale? Yes.

                                      And I challenge your 10-minutes-away -- it takes a while to get to any of those freeways thanks to the traffic!!

                                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                        LOL, I understand your point. It's good, when you don't feel like driving far. I wish I could get my hubby to eat at Daikokuya- he's a die-hard Orochon addict, and can't be swayed to eat anything BUT. I had Daikokuya the first couple of weeks they were open. It was pretty tasty, but the disorginization was horrid. I take it that it's muuch better, now then?

                                        BTW- the way I drive, I make it into LT from my Mother's driveway in about 15 minutes!! A combo of freeway and street driving, plus being the right time of day/night helps emmensly. (10 minutes if i'm in Glendale, on Glenoaks and Pacific Ave.)

                                        1. re: Honeychan

                                          NO!!! nothing...even the kabob shops are mediocre...Mario's deli is the only saving grace for that city...i lived there for three years and nothing (cinnabar was okay)

                                      2. re: Honeychan

                                        So you know, the Great Grill has been sold by the original owners to various new proprietors. It has gone way down hill in general. Some of the locations can still pull off the "Double Great" burger which was a devine double bacon avacado cheese burger. Sadly no longer the same.

                                        1. re: mattesq

                                          I know the one in downtown Burbank has sucked for years... I hope the one at Glendale College hasn't been one of the slides -- unfortunately burgers are not often on the "approved eating" list, especially double bacon avocado cheeseburgers, so I don't know for sure.

                                          1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                            No. Unfortunately the one near Glendale College has gone downhill as well. The new owners saw fit to introduce new menu items such as tacos and burritos and gyros: total shame. They just needed to keep the same cooks and crank out the same food. The even eliminated one of my favortie menu items; the grilled beef and cheese sando. Sad.

                                      3. re: Das Ubergeek

                                        I agree with Shamshiri, my partner lived in Glendale during graduate school and although we liked Raffi's very much, we much prefered Shamshiri. I highly recommend it!

                                      4. Ok I am prolly gonna get beat up for this but what about the tiki hut monument to the bovine! Damon's! Ok yea its an institution, that is why everyone has to try it at least once! Look at these drinks http://rantsnravesnreviews.blogspot.c...

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                                        1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

                                          I'll say this for Damon's -- while their steaks are no great shakes and there's much better meat to be had in the area, the service is excellent and they make a MEAN martini.

                                          1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

                                            they also have good hamburgers, their daily soups and specials are nice, and they make a great (and powerful) mai-tai. they have been under new ownership for about a year and a half, and, while the prices have gone up, the service has gotten much friendlier, and they have made some positive changes to the menu.

                                          2. PORTO'S Cuban Bakery on Brand Blvd. Great for small bites like the papas or the meat pies. Great pasteries.

                                            1. We like the Black Cow in Montrose (Glendale) - close to Zeke's which has already been mentioned. Black Cow has good sandwiches, salads, quiches -- simple but tasty food at moderate prices. I like the chicken enchiladas, too. You can get a nice glass of wine or a fresh tasting iced tea.

                                              1. www.bashanrestaurant.com
                                                they replaced bistro verdu

                                                and sushi nishi-ya, in glendale, at victory and western