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Apr 25, 2008 08:23 PM

Any, I mean any good restaurants in Burbank?

So far the restaurants have been more than disappointing. We really need help on this.


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  1. I think the answer ro the question is "no" but if you do a search on this board you'll see a lot of restaurants named by other folks on this board who think I am wrong! Good luck!

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    1. re: Bite Me

      Here is a several time resurrected posting-
      I recently discovered that there is a Pomodoro in Burbank. Yes it is a chain, but I used to frequent the original (?) in SF awhile back when money was tight and found it to be more then decent for what it was, ie inexpensive "chain" Italian, not sure if locations in SoCal are the same...but alas as noted below not great and probably not what you are looking for..

    2. You should have titled your thread "great".
      There are "good" restaurants that I wouldn't say are disappointing, but maybe your standards are higher than mine.

      BJ's Brewery
      Dinos Pizza
      Gary's Bric's Ramp
      Eat & Park
      Daily Grill
      Frontier Wok

      1. YES! There is a delightful diner in Burbank. Harry's Family Restaurant. Its just down the street from Ikea, and you will see the large sign jutting majestically into the sky.
        The famed hash browns of Harry's are the greatest of their kind.

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        1. re: roscothechump

          Is Harry's closed? It looks like it might be.

          1. re: Lmo1823

            Thats horrible. I moved out of the area about a year ago, and I haven't seen it lately, but I hope it's still around. Harry's is the greatest.

            1. re: Lmo1823

              Well, I ate at Harry's in April of 2009, and it was VERY open! I am a born and bred Burbankian, went to BHS and Harry's has been open since -forever-. The hash browns are perfect, and they are one of the few places that make a delicious "standard" old-fashioned waffle, none of that Belgian stuff. I dream about Harry's waffles!

              I'll call my Mom tonight and inquire about Harry's. I would hear about this right away from her, as she loves that place more than I do.

              Other than Harry's Burbank suffers for great places to eat. Drive to Glendale or downtown LA, you'll get better stuff.

              1. re: Honeychan

                Everything I have had at Harry's was either wonderful or pretty good, except for the mashed potatoes, which were ghastly. I cannot understand how this could happen, unless those people hate mashed potatoes and are trying to wean us all off them. Learned my lesson: I now get the chicken-fried steak in its breakfast incarnation, with hashbrowns as the Lord intended...

                I too had a flash of cold fear when I read Lmo1823's message above, so I got over there to reassure myself. After I think five return trips I think it's gonna stay there, but I do need reassurance, ohhh, maybe once a month ;-)

            2. re: roscothechump

              I lived in Burbank from 2000-2006 just down the street from Harry's, and I loved, loved, loved their hash browns..... it was the only hash browns I ever had that tasted good even when they weren't well done and crispy. I posted about them on Chowhound a few times but got few responses... did you learn about them from Chowhound or on your own reconnaissance?

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Can anyone compare Harry's to Pie 'n Burger or Russell's on hash browns?

                30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                Pie 'n Burger
                913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

                1. re: Harry Nile

                  If nobody does, I'll be happy to do the legwork. Hashbrowns is something I've never had at P'n'B, and I've been in Russell's exactly once (and must say not terribly impressed). The very best hashbrowns I have ever had were at the Way Station in Newhall; not much else but abundant atmosphere to recommend the place, but the HB are a thick, fluffy cloud of rich, mellow potato-ness. But for this research I won't have to leave town...

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    Russell's was fabulous in the Eighties, Will, when they had at least three branches in Long Beach and one in Seal Beach. Their pies with the huge meringues, their juicy burgers, and those hash browns were all great. Nowadays, the one remaining location is a girl-scout cookie in a red-velvet bakery, but the hash browns were still decent the last time I was there (a couple of years ago). PnB's are even better, so I'd love to hear how they all stack up against Harry's. I'm also very interested in Honeychan's description of Harry's non-Belgian waffles and might mosey on over to see for myself.

            3. Arnie Morton's is my favorite restaurant in Burbank. It's a very classy, but not stuffy, steakhouse with a wonderful "old school" atmosphere. It's hard to find because it's hidden off Olive.

              ARNIE MORTON'S
              3400 W. Olive Ave.

                1. re: joey n.

                  Here's the deal with Gourmet 88. Learn what Cantonese food is (as compared to Sichuan, Beijing, Hunan, etc.) and then ONLY order Cantonese food. If you can order in Cantonese, so much the better. The more "Chinese" you appear, the better the food is. For God's sake don't try any malarkey like ma po dou fu or orange chicken or any of that folderol.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    My wife and I prefer the Gourmet 88 in Glendale (originally same ownership, but now under different ownership from the one in Burbank) at the cross streets of Colorado and Brand.


                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Ketchup passed off as sweet-and-sour sauce is an unforgivable sin in my book.

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        That's new to me. There was no such abomination last time I went there (which was, admittedly, just prior to the parent post here).

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          That was the most memorable experience from the litany of culinary horrors that was my first and only visit to Gourmet 88. (Mind you, this visit was from my pre-Chowhound/pre-traveling in Asia/pre-Taiwanese wife days)

                          Egg rolls (i.e. spring rolls) served with a yin/yang of ketchup and hot mustard. Lemon chicken gloppy and sickeningly sweet, drenched in yellow goo. There was a third dish, but it's been blocked from memory.

                          Mr Taster