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Apr 10, 2008 07:35 AM

Lunch spots in Burbank

Need some of my fellow Chowhounder's advice on some good lunch spots in Burbank (near Olive Ave & Hollywood Way).
Looking for a restaurant that has good sandwiches and salads.
Willing to drive a few minutes. Hoping to spend less than $50 for two. Fun/lively is a plus.
Having a business lunch...but trying to stay away from being heavy and stuffy.
I've never been to Porto's. Is it good?

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  1. Portos Burbank is very good, but basic. You will CERTAINLY spend less that $50 for two, as it's sit yourself service (they bring out the food about 5-10 minutes after you qeue up to order it)

    Studio Cafe has wonderful healthy sandwiches and SOUPS (mmmm) (Pass Ave, just up from the Warner Bros mural)
    109 N Pass Ave
    Burbank, CA 91505

    I love Krust (on Verdugo, near Olive)

    Urban Eats is on magnolia and has some fresh stuff (and beer!


    1. Great Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna sandwich or Caprese sandwich at Granville. The Rib Eye sandwich is good also...I haven't tried any of their salads but they look good!

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

      1. Hilarious name, fatassasian.

        Porto's is good, but I've only been to the Glendale location. I recommend the Cuban sandwich, with a couple of potato balls and maybe a meat pie. Add a guava cheese tart and you'll be happy, full, and sleepy.

        There's also a Zankou in Burbank, but they get mixed reviews here on Chowhound.

        1. How about Daily Grill up by the airport, Olives on Olive (, or Timmy Nolans Bar in Toluca Lake?

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          1. re: jackattack

            Nolans is great for a properly poured Guiness and maybe appetizers, but the food menu is pretty dire.

          2. Mo's on Riverside Drive offers very good burgers, sandwiches and salads, and excellent service. The five blocks east of Mo's on Riverside has a concentration of business-lunch places: Timmy Nolan's pub, Prosecco for nouveau Italian, 818 and Sebastian's (which has changed hands since I was last there.) And of course there's Marie Callender's and Bob's Big Boy, which speak for themselves.

            Chez Nous at Riverside and Cahuenga should be within your budget, and the food is fairly simple but good. I've had service problems in the past but I think it's gotten better. Avoid D'Cache at all costs, the service is atrocious and it's not your kind of menu.

            Until a few months ago I would have suggested the Smoke House, but I've had a couple of pretty disappointing meals there lately.

            I highly recommend Portos' food, with a caution: the Burbank branch is one of the loudest restaurants I can remember in SoCal, probably not conducive to a working lunch. The price is certainly right, though.

            Chez Nous
            10550 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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

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

            10057 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA

            Bob's Big Boy
            4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

            Timmy Nolan's Tavern
            10111 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

            Prosecco Restaurant
            10144 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

            Wine 818
            10151 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA

            Marie Callender's
            10050 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602