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Jul 23, 2008 11:25 AM

Lunch west of the Burbank Area

I work in Burbank, and my co-worker and I have eaten our way through the Media Center and downtown Burbank. We're now in search of good eats west of the Burbank area (i.e Toluca Lake, Studio City, etc.). We love Sushi/Japanese, Italian, American...all types of food really...and would not want to break the bank for a Friday lunch. We especially love desserts. Please provide any suggestions and menu recs...any help would be appreciated.

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  1. I'll bet you haven't hit Olive's in the Annabelle hotel for lunch, yet? Most people miss that one.

    Is Prosecco Trattoria in Toluca Lake open at lunch time? If so, I'd check that place out (right next to Trader Joe's).
    If you especially love desserts, I'd head over to Ventura Blvd @ Laurel Canyon and get some quick KooKooRoo or Thai Food or something, then hit the Big Sugar Bakeshop for a cupcake or a lemon bar. or better yet, grab one of Big Sugar's stellar fudge brownies and toss it into a bowl of vanilla yogurt from Studio Yogurt (add some hot fudge and it'll all end up well worth your 10 min drive).

    6 Replies
    1. re: jillso

      Big Sugar Bakeshop is a good idea, but for lunch beforehand I'd go to Artisan Cheese Gallery for stellar gourmet sandwiches (comparable to Joan's on Third's). It's on Ventura just east of Laurel Canyon.

      If you want someplace with good food and dessert all at once go to Porto's on Hollywood and Magnolia.

      And of course, Studio City is home to most of the best sushi in LA, so shouldn't be a problem finding one you like.

      1. re: Newkie

        Big Sugar Bakeshop seems like "the" place to go.
        Porto's is a mainstay in the area, and as much as we love it...we've been there enough times. We're just trying to expand our awareness of the area.
        Any recs for Sushi in Studio City?

        1. re: attran99

          Asenebo, Taka, Sushi Dan, Sushi Nozowa, Katsu-ya, the list goes on.....check out previous posts. Here's a great thread about good eats in the valley:

        2. re: Newkie

          Thanks for the tips. We loved Big Sugar Bakeshop...the brownies were fabulous! We followed your suggestion, and also picked up lunch at the Artisan Cheese was an amazing shop. The service was great...we got to sample stuff while we waited. The sandwiches were way yummy! We will definitely be back.

          1. re: attran99

            Big Sugar Bakeshop will be featured on the food network Saturday night (August 9) at 6pm. The show is called "THE SECRET LIFE OF CAKE" and sounds like it is right up my alley!

        3. re: jillso

          What's so special about Olive's?
          I always thought that Prosecco was about $30 per person for lunch...something that we usually don't spend for lunch.
          Any recs for Thai food? The only one in the Media district area is Ghindi...and it's not all that great.

          1. Timmy Nolan's in Toluca Lake is great. Its a pub/restaurant, I've eaten there probably close to a dozen times and not been disappointed. The prices are reasonable. The menu is on their website

            1. Try the new Philly's Best in Burbank. I believe it is on Olive. Near John Burroughs High School. We saw Jay Leno there one night.