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Best restaurants in Glendale?

Looking for moderately priced restaurants with good food in Glendale. I'd love to try Bashan but it's too pricey for what I'm looking for.

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  1. Shamshiri in Glendale is great for Persian, and I find the kabobs and rice dishes executed here better than the Westwood location (except for the freshly baked in-house bread in Westwood)

    1. Drive up to DISH in La Canada if the menu appeals to you


      1. Haven't been in a whle, but Carousel on the busy area of Brand Blvd is decent for Middle Eastern/Lebanese.

        Would second the Shamshiri rec. Don't remember it as having the greatest location/decor, but the food was always good.

        Went to Damon's steakhouse once. Corny Hawaiianish decor. IIRC, 1/2 of my large group was OK w/ the place, the others weren't impressed. I thought my steak was decently done.

        1. Is Cinnabar still there near the auto dealers on Brand? Used to be fairly well-received by Zagat back in the day.

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          1. re: pharmnerd

            Cinnebar's been closed for a couple of years now. I miss those retro cocktails!

          2. what price range are you holding to?

              1. I really like Eleana's for chicken & lamb kabobs and lentil soup, very reasonable price but not fancy. La Cabanita for Mexican in La Crescenta. I hear Damon's has really gone downhill.

                La Cabanita
                3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208

                Elena Greek Armenian Cuisine
                1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

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                1. re: badseed

                  I second both Elena's and La Cabanita!

                  1. re: badseed

                    YES YES YES to Elena's.... her kebabs are consistently outstanding... moist, juicy, smoky, every single time.

                    Mr Taster

                  2. Fortune Inn!

                    Excellent chinese food on Maryland and Broadway. Most dishes under $10 and not only is the food well prepared, the portions are generous.

                    Nice interior and, full bar.

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                    1. re: happybaker

                      i like fortune inn but it's your typical americanized chinese (done well)

                      1. re: JackonCrack

                        Yes, some of their stuff is americanized. But it's all so well done : )

                        The peppersalt calamari is yummy. (And their scallops are always cooked perfectly, I can't object to that!)

                      2. re: happybaker

                        Not if you're looking for flavor. The food here is bland and gives the impression it's been sitting around for a while under a heat lamp. By all means, avoid the BBQ pork

                      3. our current office 'lunch possibles' list, mostly $5-$8:

                        Thai in LA [Thai]
                        303 1/2 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818-548-3539
                        all good; split a large hot pot

                        Tottori [Japanese]
                        1100 S Central Ave Glendale, CA 91204 (818) 240-1556
                        Corner of strip mall; but all good. hope they last. Great service.

                        Ichiban [Japanese & sushi]
                        120 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204 (818) 242-9966
                        Lunch 2- or 3-item combo

                        Octopus [Japanese & sushi]
                        112 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206 (818) 500-8788
                        all good

                        Kozy Korner [Thai]
                        213 W Wilson Ave, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 242-6608
                        ok but very small

                        Teriyaki Me
                        207 W Wilson Ave, Glendale, CA 91209 (818) 507-0812

                        Glendale Grill [Kabobs]
                        all good; across street from Elena's, by co-founder of Cafe Bravo. Great service.

                        Foxy's [Amer/Diner]
                        206 W Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91204 (818) 246-0244
                        all good; Carne Asada breakfast. Tell the waiter it's your birthday; beware.

                        Takeshi Ramen
                        126 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 242-0505
                        slow; just ok

                        El Morfi [Argentine]
                        241 North Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 547-4420
                        all good

                        Portos [Cuban]
                        315 North Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 956-5996
                        all good. you must go

                        Lola's Peruvian
                        230 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 956-5888
                        ok chicken. and a waiter who wants to entertain

                        Billy's Deli
                        216 N Orange St, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 500-9550
                        and be very nice to the waitresses

                        Thai Food [Thai/Viet]
                        1361 E Colorado, Glendale 91205
                        all good; very small

                        here's a previous discussion link:

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                        1. re: JTea

                          Been to Indra (Thai), on same street as Zankou, just south of Colorado near circle K? Just wondering if it's still there, as it used to be my favorite Thai place when I lived in the area 10 yrs ago.

                          1. re: pharmnerd

                            once. it occupies 2 spots in the strip mall, so someone must like it.

                            1. re: JTea

                              Not me. Once I went in there years ago, ate in-house with a co-worker and paid at the counter. As I was looking at the items they sell around the register and selecting some items to purchse, the person told me I had not paid for my meal (this is the same person I had paid 5 minutes earlier). I knew what I had in my purse and knew I had paid. Stood there for 5+ minutes while I made the person count the money in the register. In the end, it proved that I had. However, I got no apology for them calling me a liar or the fact that I had to stand there looking like an idiot. Food is not that great, either. Go to Thai in LA for much better.
                              Also, I love Mamita Peruvian on Brand. Very good Peruvian food.

                        2. On a budget, check out that famous restaurant coupon site and use a discount code.

                          El Morfi, Fortune Inn, Damon's, Frank's Famous, Numero Uno.........you can get a decent Glendale discount.

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                          1. re: jackattack


                            Are you talking about the Entertainment coupons?

                            Mr Taster

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              I think he's hinting at restaurant.com...

                          2. Far Niente on Brand Blvd. Free parma cheese with your apertivo, BUT you have to ask for it. Food decent, it's crowded, good idea to reserve.

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                            1. re: toitoi

                              and 2 pool tables upstairs. we had our last holiday office party there.
                              another nice italian place is notte luna, on maryland a couple blocks north of colorado.

                            2. I recommend Pho Hut, a vietnamese place that opened earlier this year (I think where a Korean place used to be).


                              1. A FANTASTIC indian place near bashan is indias flavor in montrose it is my favorite indian place and i reccomend everyone close by to try it

                                1. Anyone willing to revisit this thread? Will be in the area next week. Would love to know the best spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thanks.

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                                      1. re: BeachBum143

                                        Palate, once Glendale's best restaurant is now closed.

                                    1. re: BeachBum143

                                      You have good timing - google offers just posted a Bashan discount!


                                      For breakfast (not lunch or dinner) Dish.
                                      Also love Masa of Echo Park for breakfast.

                                      For dinner - Sedthee Thai on brand. Really sophisticated, fresh thai food, not dirt cheap but not too pricey either. Great happy hour.

                                      You can't be in Glendale and not hit Portos, it's too much fun to miss. Greta sandwiches and pastries and the line moves way faster than you think it will.

                                    2. I like Damon's. There's just something about the atmosphere there!

                                      1. Since this was bumped.... anyone try David Brothers Chili place?

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                                        1. re: JackonCrack

                                          I have not eaten there but my neighbor swears by them for takeout. And she's a picky eater!

                                          Not the fanciest for eat-in, but the says she's tried lots of their chili's and they are excellent, she loves being able to grab container to go.

                                        2. +1 for Dish in La Canada, if you don't mind a bit of a drive.