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RaeRenee Dec 22, 2007 09:31 AM

So I know there's already a thread that is mostly on this -- http://www.chowhound.com/topics/55109 -- but the title makes it look like food in Burbank is terrible, and the thread was started back in 2003. Considering we're mere days away from 2008, I figure it's time for a NEW thread.

Having moved out to Burbank recently, I have found a *plethora* of fantastic restaurants in the Burbank area, and I was wondering if anyone else knows of any others.

Here are the restaurants in Burbank that I think are CH-worthy:

Sushi Nishi-ya on Western and Victory - Amazing omakase style sushi.Technically, this may be in Glendale, but it's spitting distance from Burbank and less than 3 minutes from my apartment in Burbank, so I think it counts.

Granville Gourmet Cafe on San Fernando - Organic upscale casual American bistro-type food. Always delicious.

The Tallyrand on Olive - Best biscuits w/ sausage and gravy that this southern girl has been able to find in the LA area. It's only available on Sunday mornings, but it's damn good. For an every-day - their pancakes are delicious. I honestly have never had a bad breakfast there, and it's the Burbank Best Breakfast winner for at least 2 years in a row now.

Theresa's Family Restaurant - One street up from the Tally Rand on Olive at Sparks, where Wok of Fame used to be - Great multigrain pancakes with apples and walnuts baked into them. This place just opened last month, so I haven't gotten to try much else, but I wasn't disappointed with my breakfast.

India's Tandoori on San Fernando - Incredibly delicious lamb saag and chicken tikka masala, lovely garlic naan. Haven't tried much else there, but I've never been disappointed.

Exotic Thai on San Fernando - While it looks like a strip-club from the outside at night, the food is fantastic. Well spiced, nice decor on the inside (as opposed to the way it looks on the outside), and attentive wait-staff who are willing to make recommendations.

BJ's Brewhouse on First - Yes, I know it's a chain, but it's a great place for people who are on a budget to get yummy food. I've never tried the steak, but their salads, sandwiches, soups, and pizzas have never disappointed. Keep in mind, though - while they SAY Chicago-style pizza - what they MEAN is "deep dish". My b/f is from Chicago, and he was very disappointed that it wasn't real Chicago-style pizza. For THAT you have to go to...

Taste Chicago on Verdugo and Hollywood Way - and you have to get the Deep Dish pizza to actually have Chicago-style pizza. Their thin crust is *not* the Chiacgo-style thin crust that my b/f loves so well. For anything close to Chicago-style thin crust, you have to go to Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock.

Willie's Fish & Chips inside the liquor store at the corner of Alameda and Victory. I never would have tried this place if not for the CH board post here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334635 - Das Ubergeek was 100% correct - some of the best fish and chips I've ever had for under $10.

Osaka on Alameda - Very yummy udon and BBQ meats - especially the beef, in my experience, though others are fond of the chicken. They actually serve it in a way that looks kind of like fajitas. You can ask for it to be extra spicy - I totally recommend it. Adam likes their Tonkatsu, but I think it tends to be a bit overcooked. I also have tried a lot of their sushi, and they tend to cut it very thick - the chef will cut small if you request and give you the same portion. Their tuna is always good, but I'm not a huge fan of their California roll. Since I essentially live on the other side of the street (over on Main), I tend to eat there an awful lot.

Sushi Dake on Verdugo and Olive is much better sushi if you're going for better quality than Osaka and can't afford Sushi Nishi-ya.

Porto's Bakery on Magnolia - fantastic Cuban sandwiches and delicious baked goods!

Cafe Mambos - speaking of Cuban - also at Western and Victory (across from Sushi Nishi-ya)

Choza Mama on Olive is okay... not awesome, but not awful for Peruvian food.

There's a Tommy's burgers on San Fernando too.

That's about all I can think of. I'm still looking for good Chinese out here -but I think that may be a losing battle. Can't have it all in one place, right? *smile*

What other Burbank places do you like?

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Taste Chicago
603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Porto's Bakery
3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Granville Cafe
121 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

Nishi-Ya
1712 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

Talleyrand Restaurant
1700 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA

Theresa's Family Restaurant
1520 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA, Burbank, CA 91506

India's Tandoori
142 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA

Exotic Thai
1212 N San Fernando Blvd Ste D, Burbank, CA 91504

B J's Restaurant & Brewhouse
107 S 1st St, Burbank, CA

Alameda Liquor
929 S Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA

Osaka Teriyaki & BBQ House
1009 W Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Sushi Dake
1722 W Verdugo Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Mambo's Cafe
1701 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

Choza Mama Restaurant
3121 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

Tommy's Burgers
1310 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504

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    Adsvino RE: RaeRenee Dec 22, 2007 09:45 AM

    Where is Sebastians?

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      RaeRenee RE: Adsvino Dec 22, 2007 10:32 AM

      I'm pretty sure it's on Riverside in Toluca Lake.

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        maxzook RE: Adsvino Dec 22, 2007 07:37 PM

        Sebastians is not in Burbank -- it's on the North Hollywood side of Toluca Lake, half a block west of Clybourn which is the city border.

      2. Akitist RE: RaeRenee Dec 22, 2007 05:12 PM

        Is Osaka the place by the Auto Club? Have you tried their tempura? We're looking for a neighborhood-type east Valley place with decent tempura.

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          RaeRenee RE: Akitist Dec 23, 2007 12:22 PM

          Yep - right by AAA and next to Subway and Little Cesar's.

          I've only had the shrimp tempura in my udon, but it was yummy. It looks like an order of tempura is only $4 and that you can get a combination plate with tempura as one of your items, and a choice of one or two other items (like Spicy Chicken or Salmon Teryaki) for under $10. At least if you don't love it, it won't be pricey. :)

        2. maxzook RE: RaeRenee Dec 22, 2007 07:40 PM

          One of my Burbank faves not on your list is the Bistro Provence, wonderful French food in an unlikely supermarket mall on Pass north of the 134.

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          Bistro Provence
          345 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

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            RaeRenee RE: maxzook Dec 23, 2007 12:17 PM

            After checking out their website, I'm pretty excited about the place! Can't wait to try it!

            http://www.bistroprovence.net/

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              Das Ubergeek RE: RaeRenee Dec 24, 2007 06:21 PM

              Be aware that while it's quite tasty, it's not really a "ten" -- I reviewed it somewhere on here. There were overcooking issues, but the sauces are insanely good.

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                hpcat RE: Das Ubergeek Dec 27, 2007 01:39 PM

                The website says that a 3-course tasting menu is $26. A real bargain.

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                  tatertotsrock RE: hpcat Dec 27, 2007 01:52 PM

                  There is a wonderful server there (fromerly from Bistro Verdu) named Robert, he'll take great care of you!

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: hpcat Dec 28, 2007 07:01 AM

                    That's why I like it. So it has a little bit of execution issues -- but the price is very good, and the food is really quite good, just not 100% perfect.

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              LMelba RE: RaeRenee Dec 23, 2007 09:28 AM

              Chadaka Thai on San Fernando is quite good. And I agree with Mazook about Bistro Provence. I also like (despite some mild Chow bashing) these places:

              Gary Bric's Ramp (great burgers)
              Market City Cafe (good fish dishes and the outdoor seating is a nice break for a lunch away from the office)
              Gourmet 88 (their Wonton Soup is gingery and delicous - let the bashing begin)
              Cafe Elegante (on Glenoaks) Great persian food. Fantastic lentil soup, shish kabob, chicken, oh and the eggplant dip is amazing.

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                RaeRenee RE: LMelba Dec 23, 2007 12:13 PM

                You know, despite the bashing I've seen on here of Gourmet 88, they're the best I've found in the area -- you just have to know what to order. I was terribly unimpressed with their Kung Pao Chicken and Sweet and Sour Chicken, but they won me over with their chicken corn soup, Lemon Chicken, and Broccoli Beef. I think it's really a toss-up. I mean, they have pretty decent potstickers too.

                I really like to order their potsticker appetizer (which comes with red chili paste and ginger w/ rice vinegar) and then also get their Hot and Sour Soup - I then use the chili paste and vinegar from the ginger to make the hot and sour soup as hot and as sour as I want it. :) It's certainly not the best of the best, but there are places in the area that are *much* much worse. The only reason it didn't make my list is that I always have to tinker with the food there to get it the way I want it.

                As for the other recommendations: I've been meaning to try Chadaka and Market City Cafe for a while. I've driven past Cafe Elegante about a million times and never given it a second thought. I'll have to add it to my list! Where is the burger joint you were taking about? I don't think I've seen it.

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                  LMelba RE: RaeRenee Dec 23, 2007 11:52 PM

                  I'd have to agree, it's the best Chinese in the area.

                  Gary Bric's Ramp - here is a not so distant post on it:
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/441091

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                  Gary Bric's Ramp
                  7730 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

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                Toadberry RE: RaeRenee Dec 23, 2007 09:37 AM

                Zankou's Chicken is in Burbank, just a few blocks from the mall.

                1. maxzook RE: RaeRenee Dec 23, 2007 02:13 PM

                  I generally agree that Burbank restaurants are unfairly bashed, a by-product of that anti-Burbank bias perpetuated by Johnny Carson and Gary Owens before many CHers were even born (but not this one).

                  Until very recently I would have been quick to include the Smoke House, one of those old-time places where you can just imagine Frank Sinatra at the next booth, having lunch after a dubbing session at the WB lot. (They even have Steak Sinatra on the menu.) Unfortunately I've eaten there twice in the last 30 days and each experience was a disappointment for both food and service.

                  Yes, the garlic cheese bread is still wonderful, ;), but that alone does not a good restaurant experience make. I'd put this in the maybe column -- avoid steaks and reserve in advance, even for lunch.

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

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                    BBQ101 RE: RaeRenee Dec 24, 2007 05:42 AM

                    China Inn is WAY better than 88 and what about Yaki's? I love the potato salad, get the Yumbo Combo with Double Potato Salad. Also Try one of the Hot Dogs in a won ton wraper, filled with cheese and deep fried (forget the name).

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                      maxzook RE: BBQ101 Dec 24, 2007 06:07 AM

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                      Yaki's
                      904 W Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

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                        LMelba RE: BBQ101 Dec 24, 2007 07:00 AM

                        Where is China Inn? And what makes it better then 88? Have you compared any specific dishes?

                        And just did a quick check on Yaki's, that doesn't really sound like the same type of food. I don't exactly go for Chinese food to have potato salad and wonton fried cheese-hot dogs. Also it appears to be a teriyaki type place, which is closer to Japanese food.

                        If you like teriyaki or Japanese fast food, you might also like Tokyo Yakatori on Glenoaks. They have a humorously slow drive-through. But they have okay teryaki, tempura, and sushi. It's not on par with a higher end sushi place, but for fast food it isn't bad.

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                          BBQ101 RE: LMelba Dec 24, 2007 08:08 AM

                          http://chinainnbistroburbank.com/ It's on San Fernando Road. I really like it because of the overall QUALITY. When I have dined at 88 I found the food to be more like upscale .99 Chinese food, nothing special. China Inn does a much better job on the basic, (i.e. the BBQ pork fried rice, orange chicken, veg. egg rolls, etc). For example, the last time I went to 88 I ordered the whole fish (a house specialty) and when it arrived, sizzling, it made a great impression, until I tasted it, oil filled, gressy fish that was not worth the price we paid ($20 something dollars). So this is 1 of several experiences I have had with 88.
                          I also like Frontier Wok, I think they have 2 locations. (www.frontierwok.com) these are 2 solid place to go in Burbank. 88 seems to have cut back on quality to pay those new lofty SFRoad Prices they can get now that Downtown Burbank is fulsh with business.
                          My comment about Yaki's was more directed at adding another great place to eat in Burbank and Yaki's, I have to say, is great. Yes it's a walk-up shack with Teriyaki type fast food but great non the less.

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                            LMelba RE: BBQ101 Dec 24, 2007 09:27 AM

                            I'll have to give China Inn a try, their menu looks good. I'd have to disagree with you about the QUALITY at Gourmet 88, at least in my experience everything has been fresh and tasty. I've had some delicous vegetable dishes there. There mu-shu shrimp is great.

                            I not a big fan of Frontier Wok, haven't been there in a couple of years, but that's just because a few nasty food poisioning incidents.

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                          RaeRenee RE: BBQ101 Dec 24, 2007 09:36 PM

                          I walk to Yaki's from time to time. The hot dog and cheese in an egg roll wrapper is called a Bulldog. It's definitely not something that I'd have every day (or even again, probably), but for 99 cents it was worth a try. It reminded me of when I was a kid and would put kraft singles on my hot dogs at home. My b/f, however, really enjoys them. As for the potato salad - I couldn't agree more. It's *totally* delicious. Unfortunately, I didn't like the teriyaki bowls that I've had there. Maybe I should give their chicken sandwiches a try.

                          I'll have to give China Inn a shot!

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                          Diana RE: RaeRenee Dec 24, 2007 06:18 AM

                          Wow! You like the food at BJ's

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                            RaeRenee RE: Diana Dec 24, 2007 09:30 PM

                            I've been 4 or 5 times and never had a bad experience... just had salads mostly. I also tried the Turkey Cobb Sandwich and that was tasty. I take it you don't like BJ's? Is there something I should watch out for?

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                              Diana RE: RaeRenee Dec 27, 2007 06:26 AM

                              BJ's beer is pretty dang good. The food is a joke.

                              Everything is just icky. I've found it all gross. The "salads" have more calories than the pizza, and are covered in gloppy dressing. The pizzas are just a step above Domino's. The pastas are overcooked and uninspired.

                              The only thing worth eating there is the pizookie, and, really, it's so easy to make at home with from scratch cookie dough and nice ice cream, why bother?

                              But the beer is nice. I like Tatonka.

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                                Naamans RE: Diana Feb 13, 2014 05:29 PM

                                Wow, you like the beer at BJ's?

                          2. Das Ubergeek RE: RaeRenee Dec 24, 2007 06:32 PM

                            This is a mostly-catch-all reply.

                            There IS good food in Burbank, and Burbank is in easy reach of some very, very good food in NoHo and Glendale. I just work in a food desert -- it's 20 minutes to downtown Burbank including parking.

                            I have issues with Tallyrand. It's tasty, usually, but stay away from the turkey dinner (dry turkey, tinned dressing). The sourdough bread is absolutely 100% off the hook delicious, and they'll sell it to you at a shocking markup but sometimes I just have to have it. Breakfast is tasty enough but I prefer Conrad's in Glendale, sadly.

                            Gourmet 88 is acceptably good as long as you order CANTONESE food. Don't order kung pao, don't order anything purporting to be Mandarin, Hunan, Sichuan, etc. Order CANTONESE food. The fish with sweet sauce (lemon, I think) is unbelievable, though obviously very sweet. The corn and chicken soup is a trip to any of 1,000 cha chaan teng in Hong Kong -- none memorable, but tasty enough soup. And the honey-walnut shrimp are the best in Burbank. Not saying much, and not up to the standards of the palaces in the SGV, but I'll stick my neck out and say that when it comes to Cantonese food, Gourmet 88 is as good as anyplace in Chinatown.

                            India's Tandoori is wildly inconsistent. That lunch buffet is the saddest $9 I have ever spent, but I agree -- go at night and order the lamb with spinach and it is just so good. I forget what the other thing I absolutely loved was -- I want to say it was just vegetables korma, but I inhaled it.

                            Agree with the poster who talked about Market City Caffe -- while it's not a destination, it's a nice place to take people for lunch, sit and talk, have their cold antipasto bar and enough of their excellent iced tea to dilute the Dead Sea of salt they put in all their dishes.

                            The Korean place on San Fernando is nothing special but it's not bad either. Sometimes you get a hankering and don't want to drive to K-town or La Crescenta.

                            Northend Pizzeria on (I think) Orange Grove east of San Fernando is very tasty pizza, as is Dino's on the corner of Burbank and Hollywood Way. Dino's has attitude a-plenty, though, if they think you do.

                            Of course, there's Picanha, which is way, way, way better for dinner than for lunch. Also way, way, way more expensive.

                            I don't like the waits at BJ's, and I'm always just kind of unhappy when I leave. I don't know why. It's not really that bad, chain bashing aside, but it's not very good either. Taste Chicago is OK, but their pizza isn't anything like Tony's down here in OC, which is my gold standard for LA Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. Taste Chicago DOES have a very, very tasty anisetta salad which is a major craving now and then.

                            I still need to go to Osaka, but Yaki's is just plain chaloshes. (For those of you who don't speak fluent Yiddish, "chaloshes" means "disgusting".) My gorge rises every time I drive past Yaki's. Ugh... rubbery chicken fat, gristle, hardly any meat, unevenly cooked rice (mush-crunch-mush-crunch-mush-crunch...)... blech.

                            Choza Mama I just can't get behind. In fifteen minutes you can be at Las Quenas on the corner of Bellaire and Sherman Way in NoHo enjoying really good Peruvian food. The stews at Choza Mama are the most unappetising-looking food upon which I have ever had the misfortune not to be able to avoid laying eyes.

                            Porto's, of course, is wonderful.

                            If you like red-sauce Italian, the dueling grande dames of Ital-Am food face each other across Magnolia Boulevard just a few blocks east of Porto's -- Tony's Bella Vista, which is better, and Pinocchio's, which is cafeteria-style, not as good, but cheaper by half.

                            Speaking of small chains that are very good, I have a real soft spot in my heart for the hamburger at Gordon Biersch on San Fernando. No cheese, no vegetables, just beef, salt and that wonderful bun -- and swap those revolting "papas provenzales" with the garlic and parsley for their very tasty wedge salad.

                            El Tapatio on the NE corner of Alameda and San Fernando has really tasty tacos. I really like that place but it gets old after you eat there all the time.

                            Not technically in Burbank but very nearby on Glenoaks in Glendale is Cafe Bravo, which has addictively good kabobs.

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                              RaeRenee RE: Das Ubergeek Dec 24, 2007 09:52 PM

                              I sadly had the same experience with the teriyaki bowl at Yaki's. I don't even equate Yaki's and Osaka as competitors. I guess they are, since you can get teriyaki at both places, but since I never order teriyaki at Osaka, I never thought about it.

                              As for Choza Mama - prior to eating there, I'd actually never *had* Peruvian food, so I'll definitely be checking out Las Quenas. Is there a particular dish there that you'd recommend?

                              Regarding pizza joints, I made the huge mistake of ordering a chicken salad at Dino's, and I ended up having a ton of congealed chicken fat in my salad - like they'd chopped up the chicken, cooked it, shoved it in the fridge without draining the fat, and then opened the fridge, grabbed a scoop of it and plopped it on some greens. Every time I hear about the joint, my stomach turns... as for this awesome deep-dish Chicago pizza you mentioned - do you have a URL or an address for the place? I'm pretty sure if it's better than Taste Chicago, it would make my b/f's New Year. :)

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                                Das Ubergeek RE: RaeRenee Dec 25, 2007 12:36 PM

                                That's it -- I am going to Osaka when I get back into town from vacation.

                                Las Quenas has a couple of options -- they offer European-style "menus del dia", three courses for (I think) $8.95 at lunch, perhaps $12.95 at dinner? Don't quote me on prices. Their ceviche is top-notch, and I love it best with just camarones (shrimp) and pulpo (octopus -- trust me, this is a lot better than it sounds).

                                I've never ordered anything but pizza and pizza-type items at Dino's, so I'll take your word for it.

                                Let me quantify the "awesome Chicago deep-dish pizza" by saying it's the best in SoCal, but Lou Malnati's it's not. Nevertheless, it is a LOT better than Taste Chicago, and in my OH SO HUMBLE opinion, well worth the drive -- just be careful of rush hour. It's off the 57 between Yorba Linda and Imperial Hwy, on the SE corner of Placentia Ave. and Bastanchury Rd.

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                                Tony's Little Italy Pizza
                                1828 N Placentia Ave, Placentia, CA 92870

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                              Bite Me RE: RaeRenee Dec 25, 2007 01:23 PM

                              Haven't eater in Burbank in years because there was nothig there, so perhaps I haven't tried the newer places and I should, but other than Full--O-Life on Magnolia, and possibly Tallyrand for breakfast, and I have not been to Portos yet, Burbank is a food wasteland. Terribly unfortunate.

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                                maxzook RE: Bite Me Dec 26, 2007 05:07 AM

                                I haven't eaten anywhere in Culver City for years. So obviously there are no good restaurants there, either.

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                                  tatertotsrock RE: maxzook Dec 26, 2007 07:40 AM

                                  Good Morning maxzook,

                                  I found one great place in Culver City:
                                  K-ZO
                                  great food, wonderful service, no hoopla, just great food.
                                  www.k-zo.com

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                                    maxzook RE: tatertotsrock Dec 26, 2007 08:10 PM

                                    Um, sorry, I have to remind myself that ironic snark doesn't always transmit over the Internet. And I was most certainly snarking in reply to Bite Me's comment above.

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                                      tatertotsrock RE: maxzook Dec 26, 2007 09:56 PM

                                      NO worries, maxzook,
                                      Actually, you're reply made me laugh...see, I had been stuck in CC from Sept-Nov and I tried all the "hip/coo/hard reservations" in CC and found them to be pretty blah...however, I stumbled upon K-Zo and fell in love with it, and so far no one else has even mentioned a word about it...funny thing, it always is busy when I'm there...it's a little gem.
                                      If you ever get over there, let me know what you think.

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                                  Das Ubergeek RE: Bite Me Dec 27, 2007 07:41 AM

                                  "Haven't eater [sic] in Burbank in years..."

                                  "...Burbank is a food wasteland."

                                  a) Do you have anything useful and recent to add?

                                  b) Did you actually read the title and the original post? Or did you see "Burbank" and it acted as a trigger word, setting off some trained response of "nothing to see, move along"?

                                  c) You happen to be wrong. But please don't come up to check it out -- we like being able to be seated immediately in those restaurants that are actually Chow-worthy in Burbank without having to deal with PFA's with predetermined judgments.

                                  (The preceding, for those having trouble imagining facial expressions, was unadulterated snark.)

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                                    Debbie from Valley Village RE: Das Ubergeek Dec 27, 2007 01:14 PM

                                    A great, really great authentic Mexican restaurant in Burbank - albeit on Magnolia close to North Hollywood - is Baja Caporales. My husband and I go there frequently. They have wonderful mariscos (seafood) and their shrimp cocktail is in the mexican style. Squeeze lime into it with the crackers - it's great. The albondigas soup is very good - all the seafood dishes are great. I catered, last minute, after wrap about 25 dishes from there for a crew that had never eaten there - all big guys - and htey were blown away by the food. It can be very crowded and the ugly naughahyde seats are uncomfortable - but other than that have a beer, and relax. Parking is in the back or on the street. Go early.

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                                      Das Ubergeek RE: Debbie from Valley Village Dec 28, 2007 07:03 AM

                                      I forgot about Bahia Caporales. It's very good and I always forget about it -- but of course there's one very stupid thing that irks me there and that is that you seriously can get second-degree burns from the plates.

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                                  Toadberry RE: RaeRenee Dec 28, 2007 12:32 PM

                                  Am I the only one who likes Zankou's chicken? It is a chain, not proper restaurant for sure, but in its own category very good, in my opinion.

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                                    pudd RE: RaeRenee Jan 1, 2008 09:52 PM

                                    I grew up in Burbank, escaped for 10 years and now I'm back and had to add to this list. I live around the corner from Willie's and I like the fish and chips at Buchanan Arms on Burbank better. It's an English pub that has a great selection of British beers on tap. It's right across the street from Chili Johns. I also love Tony's Deli on Magnolia and Shelton, I think their sandwhiches are the best in Burbank. The Riverside Cafe is decent, good fries. That's about the only places that havent' been mentioned that I'd go to.
                                    There were some good places back in the "day" two of which burned down under mysterious circumstances, Don's and Barrons. I remember when Van De Kamps turned into the Grist Mill.

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                                      Diana RE: pudd Jan 2, 2008 05:42 AM

                                      Pudd

                                      Drive down Burbank to Van Nuys and go to Robin Hood's. Probably the best English Pub in LA.

                                      Best FIsh and CHips, an amazing Steak and Kidney Pudding, Curry Pie and more. Usually, Fuller's is on tap there, and a few others.

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                                        Das Ubergeek RE: Diana Jan 2, 2008 06:52 AM

                                        Yeah... I'm not pretending that Willie's is the be-all and end-all of F&C... but when you take public transit to work you're stuck with what's in easy striking distance, and Willie's is the best F&C in walking distance of Alameda & San Fernando.

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                                          Bite Me RE: Das Ubergeek Jan 2, 2008 10:25 PM

                                          Though not walking distrance from your train, I really like CPK across from Ikea. I know it's a chain, but the food is always fresh, prepared well, and the service is good. They are jammed every time I am there. Yaki's is always busy when I drive by, too, but not to worry, I won't take your seat!

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                                            Das Ubergeek RE: Bite Me Jan 3, 2008 06:07 AM

                                            You can have my seat at Yaki's... ick. :)

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                                          RaeRenee RE: Diana Jan 4, 2008 03:49 PM

                                          I absolutely have to echo this. I like Willies when I'm hungry for fish and chips and am not willing to drive out to Van Nuys.

                                          Of course, if I'm going to Robin Hood's, I'm definitely going for the pies and mushy peas. :) I haven't tried Buchanan Arms yet, but if it's in Burbank, I'm down!

                                      2. wyatt3290 RE: RaeRenee Jan 5, 2008 08:39 AM

                                        Rocky's seafood on San Fernando (across the street from Shakey's) fish is great either deep fried or broiled, really good clam chowder. service is good (gets crowded at lunch time.

                                        1. wyatt3290 RE: RaeRenee Jan 5, 2008 08:46 AM

                                          I guess it's called Rocky's fish & poultry (tried to find anything on it here and came up with nothing). http://losangeles.citysearch.com/revi...

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                                            maxzook RE: wyatt3290 Jan 5, 2008 11:18 AM

                                            Rocky's, linked

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                                            Rocky's Fish & Poultry
                                            1212 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504

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                                            Starviajera RE: RaeRenee Jun 17, 2008 08:01 AM

                                            The Indian place has closed down. Tallyrand, try the Karen salad. There is also Michaels in Olive where Pietros used to be. They have a couple of good things there. There is also one of those Chines all you can eat in San Fernando next to Kmart. They have black pepper shirmp that is pretty good. They also have at night, black pepper crab. That alone is woth the trip.

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                                              FITZMO RE: RaeRenee Jun 17, 2008 10:37 AM

                                              Any survey of Burbank should include Chili Johns, a true original. For Chinese I like either of the Frontier Wok's, and Joy Luck across from Disney has the best Chinese chicken salad. Frank's Diner on Olive near Victory has the best corned beef hash. Also the oddly named Eat N Park is a breakfast experience, not to be missed. The Buchanan Arms on Burbank Blvd. has traditional English food (fish and chips, shepherds pie) and pours a mean pint.

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                                                Das Ubergeek RE: FITZMO Jun 17, 2008 07:39 PM

                                                It's called Joy Feast; Joie Luck is in Valley Village. It's just OK.

                                                Frontier Wok is OK but honestly if you stick to real Cantonese food you'll make out OK at Gourmet 88. Clearly none of these are even worthy to be mentioned in the same sentence as, say, Chinatown or the SGV.

                                                I agree, Eat 'N Park is a breakfast experience -- do it once so you'll never have to do it again. Ugh.

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                                                kareny095 RE: RaeRenee May 18, 2012 09:36 PM

                                                If your looking for a good Chinese place in Burbank I've found one! It's Frontier Wok too its just a block down of Tally Rand towards the CVS and near the Safari Inn. The atmosphere is nothing special but the food is amazing and comforting it a great take out place. But if you're looking for gourmet Chinese, Joy Feast is for you, on Alameda with Keystone it has a rich atmosphere and its a bit pricey.

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                                                  carter RE: kareny095 Aug 17, 2012 08:16 PM

                                                  Frontier Wok is probably as bad a Chinese restaurant as there is in the SF Valley, including way too many places to name.
                                                  Truly, do not dare step foot in either location - head to the SGV, a few, and I mean very few, places in Chinatown, or a couple of other places not all that proximate to Burpbank.
                                                  Burbank is a dreadful eating town - either chains making money, or dreadful small operators that think their food is good, or .........

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                                                  cartbaby RE: RaeRenee Jun 13, 2012 06:19 PM

                                                  Mama Hong's is a new Vietnamese place. I had the pork chop rice and friend had the pho. Both were good. I'm gonna try the banh mi tomorrow. I don't think theres banh mi around here. This place is on San Fernando next to kabuki.
                                                  Also the lime aid soda was good.

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                                                    cartbaby RE: cartbaby Aug 17, 2012 08:02 PM

                                                    They have a good beef stew with crusty bread. I tried a good loc luc also.

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                                                      ns1 RE: cartbaby Aug 18, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                      Loc luc?

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                                                        cartbaby RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2012 08:40 AM

                                                        i got it backwards, bo luc lac.

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                                                          Servorg RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2012 08:43 AM

                                                          I'm going to guess that Bo Luc Lac was meant: http://www.theravenouscouple.com/2009...

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                                                        Dogbite Williams RE: cartbaby Dec 28, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                        I ordered the thang long fish salad and it was missing both the turmeric and dill mentioned in the menu description.

                                                        They must be doing something right (maybe it's the plentiful beef dishes) because I had to wait 5 minutes to be seated for a Saturday lunch.

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