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Toluca Lake Area / 25th Birthday Dinner for Slick Chick

jwrites4u Mar 24, 2009 04:34 PM

Along with our birthday girl will be her 22 year old sister, her 50 year old mother and me (I'm the youngest 83 year old you'll ever see!). Looking for an upscale funloving restaurant with magnificent food, service and ambience. One in which you want to be dressed up a bit while still being a food heaven for today's crowd. Only last week, I took them for her mother's birthday. We went to Spark Woodfire Grille in Studio City, and it was fantastic! Something like that with liquor service and any traditional ethnic cuisine. (They are Colombian, so they enjoy spicy flavors.) HELP!

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  1. a213b RE: jwrites4u Mar 24, 2009 05:59 PM

    Maybe give a look to Ca De Sole; they have a beautiful patio if you are into that sort of thing.

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      jwrites4u RE: jwrites4u Mar 24, 2009 06:17 PM

      I was thinking of Ca de Sole! My wife anhd I used to love it, but that was many years ago. It used to cater to a m ore elderly crowd. How about today?


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        perk RE: jwrites4u Mar 24, 2009 08:07 PM

        I think the crowd is mixed. They get lots of people from studios nearby. But it certainly skews "grownup" more than trendy.
        Food, service and setting are all lovely. If you liked Woodfire Grill, I would think you would really like this place.

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          jwrites4u RE: perk Mar 24, 2009 09:04 PM

          Thanks, Perk. I appreciate your help.

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        attran99 RE: jwrites4u Mar 25, 2009 10:22 AM

        Third and Olive in Burbank, perhaps? It gets rave reviews on this board.

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          jwrites4u RE: attran99 Mar 25, 2009 11:43 AM

          What is the name of the restaurant?



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            attran99 RE: jwrites4u Mar 25, 2009 11:49 AM

            Hi, Jeff...that is the name of the restaurant. :)

            Third and Olive
            250 E. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91505

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              jackattack RE: jwrites4u Mar 25, 2009 01:41 PM

              What night of the week are you taking out the birthday girl?

          2. maxzook RE: jwrites4u Mar 25, 2009 02:02 PM

            Bistro Provence is almost certainly the best French restaurant in Burbank, hidden in a non-descript supermarket mall on Pass just north of the 134. Lucas Trattoria (which I have not tried) is an Italian spot at the south end of the same mall. Both are owned by the same people as Third and Olive which is mentioned upthread.

            I have not tried Lucas yet, but if its anywhere near as good as Bistro Provence or 3rd&O it's well worth a try.

            Bistro Provence
            345 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

            Lucas Trattoria
            267 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

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              cleanhead RE: jwrites4u Mar 25, 2009 03:36 PM

              I really like D'Cache in Toluca Lake. It has flamenceo and good So American cuisine.

              10717 Riverside Dr
              North Hollywood, CA 91602
              (818) 506-9600

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                maxzook RE: cleanhead Mar 26, 2009 08:50 AM

                For the quality of the food and its lovely setting, I second the D'Caché rec but with two strong qualifiers:

                * I've had great, attentive service at D'Caché ... and on an earlier occasion I've also had service (at lunch) that was so bad that after 2 1/2 hours I had to leave to go back to work and have my co-worker bring me my entrée in a doggy bag (it was wonderful, but still ...);

                * If you go for dinner, expect the live music to be loud enough to drown out conversation.

              2. Kate is always hungry RE: jwrites4u Mar 25, 2009 09:38 PM

                I've always been intrigued by the Riverside Cafe but haven't been. It's on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake.

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                  schrutefarms RE: jwrites4u Mar 26, 2009 03:26 AM

                  Someone said Ca Del Sol, I absolutely second it.

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                    mrsantora RE: jwrites4u Mar 26, 2009 12:08 PM

                    All good suggestions. I like Bistro Provence as well. It's excellent. But if I may suggest -

                    Prosecco a Trattoria
                    (818) 505-0930
                    10144 Riverside Dr
                    Toluca Lake, CA 91602

                    I've gone here multiple times and always had excellent food and service. And they prefer no shorts/jeans/etc.

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