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Lunch places in Glendale

Looking for some suggestions from Das Ubergeek or others familiar with the Glendale area. I am in a training class all week on Brand right off the 134 and wanted 3-4 suggestions for lunch..... I like most any cuisine. But to give you an idea of my tastes .... I love Swan in North Hollwood, frequented Gorikee before it closed, go to numerous Korean BBQ places and sushi around town, always love a good burger (Bradley Ogden in Las Vegas was my recent favorite), LOVE Sunin Lebanese in Westwood, also fond of Baby Blues BBQ in Venice .....
Also liked Snapper Jon's in WHills when it was open (a fish market and lunch place). So any suggestions would be welcomed with a large and open stomach!

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  1. Between the 134 & about Broadway on Brand there are many places. There Sushi on Brand, Harvest Inn (Chinese), Portos (great sandwiches). There is a Korean BBQ. & a Brazilian place.

    1. One place, once clear choice...kozy korner, amazing thai food!


      Or a little drive it La Cabanita, some of the best mex in LA


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      1. re: laeditormatthew

        Thanks for the tip on Kozy Korner !
        Went there today - had their special - fried Tilapia, got it Spicy (and it was).
        Really good.

        1. re: engorgedbuddha

          Hells yes, I am there biggest champion, love it!!!

      2. Ooh and there is a good cash only Pho place on brand north of Wilson.
        Dont do sushi on brand or harvest, they are both pretty terrible, even CPK is better than them and i hate CPK.

        1. We go to Hot Wings Cafe and Lola's on Brand.

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          1. re: attran99

            I haven't been for years but we used to love Billy's deli on orange.

          2. Spitz's is really good, although I've only tried their falafel on a lavash wrap.

            2506 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

            1. Definitely Porto's! Good food and very interesting--if you haven't been there before.

              1. Mario's Deli has wonderful sandwiches. Though, if you are pressed for time, it would be best to call ahead. Their website includes a menu.


                Porto's has great sandwiches, potato balls, meat pies, pastries, etc.

                There is a plethora of wonderful Persian, Lebanese, Armenian cuisine to choose from. A quick search on the board will give you an idea of what hounds think are the best. I'm partial to Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine.

                Haven't tried the new Tofu Village on Brand yet, but the K-town one is pretty decent. There's a little Korean restaurant in HK Market on Pacific. I don't know its name, but it's in the front, right next to the bakery. They make really good kalbi tang (beef short rib soup).

                Sushi for me means one place: Sushi Nishi-ya on Western. It's on the border of Glendale and Burbank, but you won't regret the drive once you taste the quality of their fish. Be warned, it's omakase only.

                Mario's Italian Deli & Catering
                740 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

                Elena Greek Armenian Cuisine
                1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

                Porto's Bakery
                315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

                H K Market
                831 N Pacific Ave, Glendale, CA 91203

                1712 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

                Tofu Village
                126 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

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                1. re: caveatempty

                  Thanks to everyone!
                  I tried Portos today and really liked the Cuban Sammie and the banana chips. The baked goods were tempting but I stayed away (but will come back).
                  I plan to check out Kozy Korner tomorrow and will try and make it to Mario's and Billy's sometime soon. I'll be back next year for another week or two of classes.
                  Earlier this week (before I got all these replies) I went to Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine and really liked it - up there with Sunin (on the Westside) for me. Even their simple in concept cabbage salad (which comes with the meals) was excellent. Babganoush, Hummos and Tobouleh were great.

                2. I'd second Porto's - amazing Cuban sandwich - and Billy's at 216 N. Orange. Billy's, while not offering Langer's calibre pastrami, does all the old school Jewish deli things right. They've got tasty matzoh ball soup, pretty good brisket and some nice french fries, especially if you get them well done. Oh, and the waitresses are old and salty, which only advances the time warp feel.

                  1. I'm topping this thread because I now work in Glendale (off Brand) and am trying to find decent lunch spots.

                    I've been really disappointed with the following:
                    1) Raffi's Place (super-dry meat kababs... yuck!)
                    2) I Love Tofu & BBQ (Korean food that made us all feel sleepy afterwards)

                    Generally I love Mediterranean places, and I'm sure there are better hole-in-the-wall places that are better than Raffi's. I basically love anyplace that has gluten-free options.

                    Thanks, Glendale Chowhounders!

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                      1. re: Liquid Sky

                        On Brand Boulevard, the Wooden Fork makes really good, freshly prepared salads and sandwiches. Portos is always great. There's a new ramen/shabu-shabu place that is still in its soft opening but shows promise. Closer to the Americana shopping plaza, Din Tai Fung is very good, but pricey. In the Americana itself, DeLuca's deli makes good sandwiches. And if you are thinking of drinks after work, The Famous bar is great -- no kitchen but on Friday nights there's a burger truck in the parking lot that makes terrific burgers.

                        1. re: medrite

                          +1 for Wooden Fork.

                          We've only had breakfast there - but we were surprised and impressed. Great quality of ingredients and, they make their own marmalade - and it's GOOD.

                          Portos is always great and, it's been far too long since I've been to Elena's. Got to get back there. But when I did go there, I really enjoyed it. My friends loved the well prepared kabobs and me, peasant that I am? The fresh cooked fries.

                        2. re: Liquid Sky

                          Thanks for calling out the naked emperor. I also found Raffi's to be beautiful, but served incredibly dry kebabs. Elena's isn't much to look at, but serves consistently moist, juicy and perfectly charred kebabs and chops... for fully half of what Raffi's charges.

                          Mr Taster

                        3. Raffi's for the best kabobs in town. And their rice is like crack.

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                          1. re: TailbackU

                            TailbackU: I tried Raffi's yesterday, but was really disappointed. Their meat was really DRY! I was surprised... especially since so many people recommended them to me.

                              1. re: TailbackU

                                I get the pinwheel cut filet and has always been dynamite if not cheap

                                1. re: TailbackU

                                  Four different types of kebabs (2 chicken, 2 beef)... all dry!

                                  Overall I've been pretty underwhelmed by Lunch places in Glendale.

                            1. Skaf's has a more upscale place than their original. Only been there once, but it was as good as their hole-in-the-wall in North Hollywood.
                              367 N Chevy Chase Dr, Glendale, CA

                              1. I also endorse Porto's. I suggest Carousel for Lebanese. They have my all-time favorite chicken shawarma.