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Good eats in Burbank near Warner Bros for lunch?

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Starting a new job @WB on Monday looking for good eats that I can get in/out in an hour. The only place on my map is Porto's. Anybody got a recommendation for me?

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  1. Definitely make a drive over to Vineland and Magnolia for Kansas City BBQ company

    Also, for great quick cheap thai on Magnolia and Cahuenga go to Amazing Thai Cuisine,

    You should have no problem getting to them eating and gettin back in an hour.
    thats all I can pretty much think of off the top of my head at the moment.

    Kansas City BBQ
    10863 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

    Amazing Thai Cuisine
    10604 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

    1. in case you are in the mood for quick, quality mexican takeout, head over to taco llama next to the car wash which is a block down from the Magnolia and Cahuenga intersection. And I second the Kansas City BBQ, amazing....

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      1. re: traumahound

        I second Taco Llama. One of my favorites spots for al pastor style tacos and burritos.

        Monte Carlo on Magnolia... inexpensive and tasty Italian food with some great sandwiches.

        Poquito Mas and Philly's Best on Olive.

      2. Angelinos Pizza in North Hollywood
        The Casting Office --Bar Food on Lankershim
        Eclectic Cafe --North hollywood

        1. Many more, depending on your taste and budget:
          Viva Fresh at Riverside and Alameda - decent Mexican
          Smoke House at Barham and Forest Lawn (a little "spendy")
          The Club House at the two Griffith Park golf courses
          Arnie Morton's - REAL spendy
          The Mexican place at the strip mall with the Vons on Pass
          Hot Dog Show/Papoo's on Riverside
          Bob's Big Boy on Riverside

          Couple of others further west on Riverside, names escape me

          There are lots of places in the area, explore!

          1. In-and-out of Porto's in an hour is a real challenge most days.

            For a good burger, the tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe at the Annabelle Hotel, about a mile up Olive from WB (across from St. Finbar Church). The quesadilla is really good there, too.

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            1. re: jackattack

              I go to Porto's pretty frequently, not nearly as bad as glendale. Quite bearable actually.

            2. Timmy Nolan's down the street in Toluca Lake.

              I've read good things about Ardee's cafe, but haven't gotten there myself yet.

              Actually, I've eaten in the WB Cafeteria a few times, the food there is good and a good deal.

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              1. re: LisaN

                Yes, on-the-lot food is great, just want some variety sometimes :)

                1. re: ns1

                  yikes, what is great at the WB cafe? I must be hitting it wrong because what we've had is beyond dreadful.

                  1. re: jackattack

                    Agreed. It's OK; I've noticed that almost every hot item is drenched in copious amounts of butter. Must be those French chefs that run the place.

                    The cafe in my building across the street from the lot is even worse in terms of variety.

                    1. re: vinosnob

                      lamb shank = great

                      I'm not sure if you guys are referring to studio plaza cafe or the cafeteria, but today I'm getting one of these 2...

                      CARVERY Rotisserie Style Pork Carnitas, served with Cilantro Infused Rice, Spicy Black Beans or Pinto Beans, Warm Corn or Flour Tortillas, Sour Cream, and Salsa

                      GRILLE Italian Meatball Hoagie with Hand Rolled Italian Meatballs, Fresh Marinara Sauce and Provolone Cheese on a Toasted French Roll, with Parmesan Seasoned Frittes


                      1. re: ns1

                        That's on the menu from the cafe in the Studio Plaza.

                        For the record, the carnitas are a slightly newer item; the hoagie is an old standby.

                        1. re: ns1

                          The Poquito Mas mini-stand in the cafeteria is a reasonable (and tasty) approximation. The carne asada burrito is tasty.

                          And not drenched in butter (g)...

                        2. re: vinosnob

                          I HOPE that's butter that it's drenched in....tasted more like the grease that drips out of their cookies.

                        3. re: jackattack

                          Welcome to WB life! The Cafeteria - it's better and cheaper than the cafe. Crab Cakes are the best I've ever had, the turkey sandwiches use fresh carved turkey, the pasta bar's pesto sauce, the garlic bread, all amazing, and poquito mas for the steak burrito.

                          Also there is the Avon St. Grill (near 156/Bridge Building) that has tacos, baked potatoes, and great frozen yogurt.

                          Outside the lot avoid valentinos, Taco bell is walking distance, so is Don Cucos (mexican), Pizzera Uno, and a bunch of other places on riverside. Also farther down Riverside is Trader Joes for something different.

                          1. re: jlisa1

                            My usual off-the-lot eats are...

                            kansas city bbq, portos, tacos llama (or something), skaf's when I feel like driving, innout

                            still need to hit up taste chicago for their italian dogs

                            but on the lot food is plenty tasty for when you're lazy...i would daresay better than most of the lunch spots around DTLA when I worked there.

                            1. re: ns1

                              Taste Chicago's dogs are merely okay. Not worth the drive. What IS very, very good at Taste Chicago is the anisetta salad -- fennel marinated with olive oil, lemon, salt and herbs. Excellent!

                              El Taco Llama is the place you're thinking of on Magnolia and Bakman in NoHo.

                              Other decent eats: Northend Pizzeria in DT Burbank, Willie's Fish & Chips (in the liquor store @ Alameda & Victory), Osaka (in the plaza with the Auto Club -- not the godawful Yaki's on the corner of Alameda and Main), Philly's Best on Olive.

                              Bistro Provence is not bad (salty) but you won't get in and out in an hour. Smokehouse ditto -- not bad, but slow.

                              I'll let you in on a secret from WDI -- Cafe Bravo. A little drive from the WB lot but very, very good. Get there before noon or you won't be able to sit. It's on Glenoaks in Glendale.

                              Don Cuco's, incidentally, have another store opening on Orange Grove in DT Burbank.

                            2. re: jlisa1

                              FYI, that's Numero Uno (not Pizzeria Uno). One of the better branches of the chain -- which is to say, not great -- but it's better deep-dish than Taste Chicago. Taste Chicago has good Chicago dogs and Polish, along with a very tasty fennel salad. The rest of their menu is ehh.

                              Next door to NU is El Torito (many will scream, but it is walking distance).

                              I used to be an outspoken defender of the Smoke House, but I find it's gone way downhill in recent years. Still a classy bar, though.

                              Taste Chicago
                              603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

                              Numero Uno Pizza
                              4006 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

                              El Torito Mexican Grill
                              4012 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

                      2. The Korean-run teriyaki place (Osaka?) on Alameda next to the Auto Club (NOT the one directly on the corner of Main, which is just disgusting) is not bad; Willie's Fish and Chips in the liquor store on Alameda and Victory. (Once you get east of Buena Vista, Alameda's a fast street.)

                        I actually like the red-sauce Sinatra-on-the-radio Ital-Am food at Pinocchio's but I know some people really hate it. There's a Zankou on San Fernando north of Burbank. That Greek place across from El Torito's not bad (if it's still open), the Thai place right next to it is not bad either, and there's Salerno's where all the WBites go for salads and sandwiches.

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                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          Papoo's on riverside was recently shut down by the Health Dept.

                          1. re: Red4Mit

                            How recently did that happen? The LA County Health Dept. website shows nothing but A ratings as recently as May 2008.

                            1. re: Red4Mit

                              I was there a few weeks ago, so they are definitely alive and well.

                          2. Try a Handy Market sandwich. It's a grocery store on Magnolia and Buena Vista, but the deli is great. Thier sandwiches are really good, and I LOVE their chicken salad. It's not expensive and it's a good portion. I don't think the wait in Portos is that bad...and it's definately worth it!