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Lunch Place off Fwy in Burbank

civetdaly Jul 13, 2009 11:47 AM

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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    jackattack Jul 13, 2009 06:04 PM

    The little Riverside Cafe near the Equestrian center would be convenient to both freeways.

    1. Bob Brooks Jul 13, 2009 12:42 PM

      Bistro Provence is freeway close and very pleasant.


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        mrsantora Jul 13, 2009 11:58 AM

        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
          Das Ubergeek Jul 13, 2009 12:51 PM

          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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/483706

          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
            1munchy1 Jul 14, 2009 08:50 AM

            I kinda think the blue cheese sounds nice.

            1. re: 1munchy1
              Das Ubergeek Jul 14, 2009 09:38 AM

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

              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                1munchy1 Jul 14, 2009 10:25 AM

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

          2. re: mrsantora
            justanotherpenguin Jul 13, 2009 06:40 PM

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

          3. Kitchen Queen Jul 13, 2009 11:57 AM

            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! www.portosbakery.com On the corner of Magnolia and Hollywood Way. (OH see- I'm not the only one with this suggestion)

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              1munchy1 Jul 13, 2009 11:52 AM

              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. monkuboy Jul 13, 2009 11:52 AM

                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
                  civetdaly Jul 13, 2009 11:57 AM

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

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