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Good Eats Near Warner Bros Studios?

I have to be there tonight and we're trying to find a nearby place to eat an early dinner at (like maybe a 5-10min drive). I'm not at all familiar with this part of Burbank (or Burbank in general, for that matter). I've heard others on the board mention the Coral Cafe and Porto's-are these pretty close by? Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. The Coral is a slightly-above-average coffee shop; Porto's is one of the best bakeries in town, and they have a small but good menu of Cuban sandwiches, medianoches and a few salads.

    Toluca Lake is closer to Warners than either of the above, featuring good burgers at Mo's, or the authentically '50s vibe of Bob's Big Boy.

    Taste Chicago at Hollywood Way and Verdugo is not much more than a stand, but it has a great menu of Chicago-style food -- great hot dogs and Polish sausages, not-too-bad mini-deep-dish pizzas.

    The Smoke House is walking distance from WB's main gate. It's a step above the joints listed above, in class and $$$ range; very old-school vibe -- you'll swear Frank and Dino are about to walk in.

    My favorite unknown treasure in the area is the Bistro Provence on Pass, excellent bistro-style French food in the Von's shopping center just north of the 134.

    Smoke House Restaurant
    4420 W Lakeside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

    Taste Chicago
    603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

    Bistro Provence
    345 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

    Mo's Restaurant
    4301 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

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    1. re: maxzook

      I actually would love to go to Bob's Big Boy--brings back lots of memories for me as a kid going there with my folks; I didn't realize it was that close to the studio though. Thanks very much for all the suggestions.

      1. re: maxzook

        I work at WB and frequently eat in the area.

        Second the recs for Mo's and Bistro Provence. Bob's or Paty's are great for that retro diner feel.

        If I have a little more time, I drive to sushi row on Ventura and go to Tama...

        1. re: vinosnob

          food-wise, which would you go with, Bob's or Paty's?

            1. re: vinosnob

              Agreed. Not too long ago I would have said differently, but Paty's has gone downhill.

      2. Porto's is reasonbly close. You're also near some other areas such as Studio City, Glendale, North Hollywood and Toluca Lkae that have excellent food.

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        1. re: Diana

          There is a McCormick & Schmidt's (sp??) right outside the Warner Brother compound (on Riverside near Pass) that is pretty decent.

        2. I would recommend Poquito Mas for fresh, pretty good Mexican food. Tasty Horchata as well.

          As far as Taste Chicago... we ordered a deep dish pizza from there and it was really bland.

          Poquito Mas
          2635 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

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          1. re: adevejian

            Agreed that Taste Chicago's deepdish is a disappointment. The place is for the hot dogs, Polish and Italian beef sandwiches.

            1. re: maxzook

              Went to Taste Chicago last night coming home from the airport. I wish I would have seen maxzook's comment before going.

              The meatball sandwich was a big disappointment. The bun was not toasted nor heated and it was soggy on the bottom.

              The Chicago dog was okay, but small for the price.

            1. I'd go to Bob's for the least hassle since they're basically just around the corner (and their burgers and shakes are very tasty).

              Porto's is within the 10 minute parameter you set, but, IMO, they're a much better bakery than a restaurant (unless you make a meal of their potato balls, which you can, in sandwich form). They also close at 7pm and Bob's is 24/7.

              1. Thanks all for your great suggestions. For the sake of nostalgia, I'm going with Bob's Big Boy. Wahoo!

                1. Im a BIG MO's Fan. Food is always fresh, and they have a nice variety of classic home cooking items.

                  If you have time to schmooze and relax...i think ramsey's at the Toluca Lake Tennis Club is also fab for lunch.

                  Good Luck

                  1. Why anybody eats at Bob's Big boy I will never know.

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                    1. re: jackattack

                      Nostalgia and it ain't that bad!

                      1. re: jackattack

                        do they still serve their chili served on a bed of spaghetti with a slice of american cheese slapped on top? That's good eating!

                        1. re: CinnamonKitten

                          yes, i saw the spaghetti on their menu-still served just as you described! True, the food may not be all that stellar but going back to Bob's was a lot of fun and I was surprised at how packed the place was. Felt like a kid again...!

                        2. re: jackattack

                          Not everyone allows good taste to stand in the way of enjoyment.

                        3. I know I am too late to help this poster, but thought I would add to this list. Had play tickets last night at Falcon Theater, right around the corner. Tried to go to a Greek place - George's Patio Cafe, it was closed. Ended up down the road on Riverside at Timmy Nolans. http://www.timmynolans.net/

                          I had corned beef dinner, came with fresh steamed carrots, potatoes and cabbage. The meat was thinly sliced, like it would be for a sandwich. Some pieces were tastier than others, but it was good. , my friend had fish and chips. 2 large fish filets, he said he thought were fresh, with a light batter. Came with a pile of homemade tasty fries. For dessert we split what they called a brownie with caramel sauce, it was more like chocolate cake, a large square of it, served warm, with warm sauce. It was delicious. We are defiitely going back.


                          1. Thanks for posting this question. I'm in Burbank every few months and never know where to eat.

                            1. French 75 is right in the area, too. And if you're with someone in the Academy, you get a huge discount of 20 percent on all food and drinks.