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Burbank Quick Bite

irishfoodie08 Oct 20, 2008 06:40 PM

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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    swimfin Oct 24, 2008 09:33 PM

    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.

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      jackattack Oct 21, 2008 06:48 PM

      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
        attran99 Oct 22, 2008 09:43 AM

        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. maxzook Oct 21, 2008 08:57 AM

        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.

        Taste Chicago
        603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

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        1. re: maxzook
          attran99 Oct 21, 2008 08:59 AM

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

          1. re: attran99
            maxzook Oct 21, 2008 09:58 AM

            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.

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          attran99 Oct 21, 2008 08:39 AM

          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.

          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

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            paprkutr Oct 20, 2008 07:08 PM

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

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              irishfoodie08 Oct 22, 2008 05:44 PM

              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.

              1. re: irishfoodie08
                paprkutr Oct 22, 2008 05:49 PM

                I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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              ns1 Oct 20, 2008 06:47 PM

              portos, el taco llama, or on the lot.

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