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Jul 13, 2009 11:47 AM

Lunch Place off Fwy in Burbank

I'm meeting a friend for a casual lunch. We've determined that that Burbank is about the half way mark. I'm driving south on the 101 and she's driving north on th 5. What would you recommend. Thanks so much!

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  1. There's not a whole lot of interesting stuff in Burbank but what sort of food do you want?

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    1. re: monkuboy

      Any type of food at all (not chain) and we'd like to kep it around $15. Thanks!

    2. What food does she/do you like? Also, how much are you looking to spend? Porto's is a nice option, it is down Burbank off the five. I haven't been myself, but I keep hearing people I know mention Guava pastries and potato balls.

      I like the new Ciao Christina on Hollywood Way, in Burnank. Nice Italian. Nice people.

      There are a few chain places on San Fernando. If you go up the five and get off at BUrbank, turn right and you'll end up near the mall and a big shopping strip, places like BJ's, Chin Chin and stuff.

      1. A favorite amongst chow contributors is Portos bakery. I was there myself yesterday. It's a big yummy place. When you walk in there's two lines. The left line is for those getting lunches and small treats. The right is the bakery part for larger orders/take out. Great sammys, salads, chicken and beef empanadas, and incredible pasteries. Indoor and outdoor seating. It's a busy, yummy, happy place. GO! On the corner of Magnolia and Hollywood Way. (OH see- I'm not the only one with this suggestion)

        1. In Downtown Burbank there's a great place called Granville. Excellent selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads, etc. Feels more upscale than you would expect for downtown Burbank, but really great food. highly recommended.

          Also, Porto's, on N. Hollywood Way and Magnolia, is also excellent. Not a full table service restaurant, but excellent food.

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

          Granville Cafe
          121 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

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          1. re: mrsantora

            Granville would be really great if they would learn when to stop tweaking their food. Case in point: the ribeye stew is absolutely great, except for the gigantic dollop of blue cheese in there that overwhelms everything else.

            Here's my review:

            I agree that Porto's is OK for a casual lunch, or Bistro Provence for a more formal lunch. I like Ameci's, which is an ultracasual Italian chain on Glenoaks, and if you're going early, I would suggest Cafe Bravo on Glenoaks and Sonora in Glendale.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              I kinda think the blue cheese sounds nice.

              1. re: 1munchy1

                It just utterly overwhelmed the flavour of an otherwise excellent stew.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Oh, yeah, I could see how that would happen.

            2. re: mrsantora

              i went to granville once. have no plans to return. ever.

            3. Bistro Provence is freeway close and very pleasant.