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Burbank Quick Bite

Any suggestions for a quick place to grab a bite in Burbank? We're heading to a TV show taping at the Warner Bros Studio and will need a place to eat either before or afterwards.

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  1. portos, el taco llama, or on the lot.

    1. ribs usa, mo's, nostalgia-bob's big boy, pogquito mas

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      1. re: paprkutr

        We tried Mo's which was perfect. We had beers and sandwiches (grilled vegetable for me and turkey meatloaf for my husband) at the bar and were in and out in 40 minutes. Not fine dining, but a filling, quick, fresh quick dinner before the television taping. Thanks for the suggestion.

      2. Ditto on Portos and Poquito Mas. There's the Backstage Cafe in that's good for sandwiches and salads. Choza Mama has pretty decent Peruvian food. Corner Cafe has really good Mediterranean-style roast chicken, salads, and wraps. I love their roasted potatoes and hummus...you have to pick up a freshy baked chocolate chip cookie if you go. There's also Numero Uno pizza...deep dish style. If you're into burgers and stuff, there's always Big Boy's on Riverside.

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        Porto's Bakery
        3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

        Poquito Mas
        2635 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

        Choza Mama Restaurant
        3121 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

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

        Backstage Cafe
        2520 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

        Corner Cafe
        171 N Maple St, Burbank, CA 91505

        1. The Toluca Lake Numero Uno is a little better than average for LA deep-dish, but I don't know if it qualifies as "quick".

          You have to order carefully at Taste Chicago, but you will be very happy if you stick to hot dogs and Polish, Italian beef sandwiches, garlic fries and the wonderful marinated fennel (and avoid pizzas and pastas). It's *very* quick, but seating can be tight at mealtimes.

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          Taste Chicago
          603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

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          1. re: maxzook

            Actually, it is, I've been in and out of there in 45 mins for lunch.

            1. re: attran99

              I'll take your word for it, although most deep-dish places take a lot longer to give the dough its final rise. Masa in Echo Park, for example, recommends you call an hour in advance, and the classic places in Chicago (Uno's and Lou Malnati's) have similar waits.

          2. If it's before the show, you could hit McCormick & Schmicks happy hour, right there on the corner of Riverside Drive and Avon.

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            1. re: jackattack

              You know, with the exception of the $2 cheeseburger and fries combo, none of the other Happy Hour menu items are that impressive. Before they changed their pricing structure, it was great to get mussels, seafood chowder, etc. for $2. I paid $5 recently for the ahi tuna sliders combo, and got two half-dollar-sized fish cake patties wedged between two enormous slider buns. The ratio of fish cake to bun was easily 1:4. And I also received 3 whole french fries on my plate. Not very impressive. However the drinks are good there.

            2. Downscale, not that cheap but historic - Papoo's/Hot Dog Show. Have more than hot dogs. you could have a beer if you wanted.
              Hugo's Taco's on Riverside a couple of miles west.
              Viva Fresh at Riverside and Alameda - a few miles east. Decent Mexican, sit in the very back and watch the equestrians out the back windows. Been there forever.
              Second the Poquito Mas and the rib place mentioned elsewhere here.