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Dec 22, 2007 09:31 AM

There ARE good restaurants in Burbank!

So I know there's already a thread that is mostly on this -- -- 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: - 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?

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

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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    1. re: Adsvino

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

      1. re: Adsvino

        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. 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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        1. re: Akitist

          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. 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.

          Bistro Provence
          345 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

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          1. re: maxzook

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


            1. re: RaeRenee

              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.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

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

                1. re: hpcat

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

                  1. re: hpcat

                    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.

            2. 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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              1. re: LMelba

                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.

                1. re: RaeRenee

                  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:

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

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