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Any Chowish spots in Burbank?

gaa Jul 11, 2008 06:17 PM

Will be in Burbank (near the airport) for a meeting mid-week and thinking about going with colleagues for dinner to avoid the traffic back to OC. Any suggestions? Looking for upscale, with a bar, probably 4-6 people. Thanks.

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  1. bodie RE: gaa Jul 11, 2008 06:24 PM

    Burbank has famously few options for upscale dining and they are primarily chains like Arnie Morton's, Savannah and McCormick & Schmick.

    1. 420 Reasons to eat RE: gaa Jul 11, 2008 06:25 PM

      Try McCormick and Schmick's near NBC Studios. They have a great happy hour menu until 6pm I believe. It then starts again around 9pm.


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      1. re: 420 Reasons to eat
        jillso RE: 420 Reasons to eat Jul 14, 2008 12:43 PM

        M&S happy hour goes until 6:30pm, the late-night version has been discontinued.

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        Munchmouth RE: gaa Jul 11, 2008 06:48 PM

        My husband and I love to have lunch at Urban Eats on Magnolia, especially if you want to eat healthy, they have a great grilled vegetable salad and they sell Mexican Coke (no corn syrup, only cane sugar). Also, you can't miss Porto's!!! The best Cuban food around - try the medianoche sandwich. Oh and their pastries are incredible. Great coffee too.

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          jillso RE: Munchmouth Jul 14, 2008 12:44 PM

          I never see anyone at Urban Eats in the evenings.....I wouldn't expect that it is going to be around much longer.

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          Munchmouth RE: gaa Jul 11, 2008 06:50 PM

          oops, but those aren't upscale. No matter. You've got to get to Porto's anyway. Really. If they are that uptight then I would go for McCormick and Schmicks, great appetizers and a good happy hour I've heard. But pricey!!

          1. Das Ubergeek RE: gaa Jul 12, 2008 05:04 PM

            How about Bistro Provence? It's on the SW corner of Oak and Pass, in a shockingly low-rent strip mall (with a ghetto Vons in it). It will look closed, but persevere. The food can be a little bit salty -- that is my only concern -- but it's decent French food in a reasonably upscale room, with good service (and the staff actually speak French) and decent prices -- I haven't been in a few months but I recall it being $26 prix fixe.

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              Das Ubergeek RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 12, 2008 05:05 PM

              Aaaaaaaand, here's the link.

              Bistro Provence
              345 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

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                archer RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 12, 2008 05:14 PM

                Second Bistro Provence. Also same owner/chef has Third & Olive, a new place in Burbank, which I have not yet tried, but it looks promising.

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                maxzook RE: Das Ubergeek Jul 13, 2008 05:33 PM

                Thirds to Bistro Provence. Only drawback to your specs: no bar (but beer and a wine list).

              3. Johnny Pastrami RE: gaa Jul 13, 2008 09:12 AM

                There's a great old-school Italian joint in Burbank: Tony's Bella Vista Ristorante. Not OC upscale, think Rat Pack upscale. Great food. 3116 W Magnolia Blvd.

                1. alohaanna RE: gaa Jul 14, 2008 11:25 AM

                  French 75 in Burbank next to Morton's Steakhouse has a great bar and very bistro-ish menu. I good place to hang for awhile and be very comfortable. They also have a patio.
                  I've had both great and not so amazing meals there. The bar has a great selection of cocktails and French style apertifs...

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                    Red4Mit RE: alohaanna Jul 14, 2008 11:37 AM

                    French 75 has now changed its name to Savannah.

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                      Das Ubergeek RE: alohaanna Jul 14, 2008 11:55 AM

                      French 75 is closed. It's now called Savannah but is run by the same group.

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                      Ollie RE: gaa Jul 15, 2008 10:40 AM

                      Well, if your collegues want something a little more casual, try Gary's a favorite with the locals. Also near the Burbank Airport.

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