Any interesting Glendale eateries!!!
Going to Glendale tonight for dinner and wondering if anyone knows of any interesting eateries. Thank you!!!
Raffi's Place (kabob)
211 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205-1008
Phone: (818) 240-7411
Paradise Pastry (pastries)
1815 W Glenoaks Blvd
Mashti Malone's (Persian ice cream)
143 N Maryland Ave
Glendale, CA 91206
Phone: (818) 662-0400
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.