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jdash Aug 3, 2009 07:47 AM

I am new to the area, just having moved from the restaurant mecca of Beverly Blvd. I need some serious foodie recs for great food in Glendale. Ambiance is NOT a requirement- it just has to be authentic! Any price point is fine, from cheap eats to fine dining. I've already heard about Palate, Portos, and I am a huge fan of Raffi's already. What are the best restaurants for: Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indian, Korean, French, Sushi etc... I love ethnic food, so please, please, please....tell me you favorites and hidden gems! Help me fall in love with my new hood!

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    Senzinina Aug 3, 2009 09:54 PM

    Palate -- amazing, incredible, fresh, wine freak paradise. I think they make their own butter. The owners are the guys who created Patina. Personal, Wine bar in the back that is the ground floor of a legendary wine locker for 8 stories above. MUST go.

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      Clyde Aug 3, 2009 03:13 PM

      i am right near Beverly Blvd, but i spend a lot of time in Eagle Rock, very close to Glendale. here are my recs:

      Nishi-Ya for sushi. go for the Omakase. I love this place.
      Senor Fish and just recently I tried Taco Spot on Colorado and loved the Tofu Tacos.
      Cafe Boujealois for french- i can only recommend the Parmesean/Orange crusted Halibut and escargot as those are the only two items i ever order.
      Oinkster, perhaps the Bucket (I only eat Veggie Burgers but heard the Bucket is good for a burger)
      Cafe de Leche on York in Highland Park for great Coffee and they serve pastries from Portos and really good bagels.
      The York for a drink (they have decent wine also); or the Chalet on Colorado.
      55 degree wine bar in Atwater, down the street from Canele (Fish soup on weekends at Canele)
      Sicha Siam for Thai in Eagle Rock, Also Thai Eagle Rox on York has a nice outside patio in the back.
      Spitz on Colorado, love the sweet potato fries and wraps.
      Brownstone on Colorado for NY style Pizza
      I also recommend Montrose. I loved Bashan and Three Drunken Goats
      Auntie Ems Kitchen on Eagle Rock Blvd, they have excellent cupcakes and great breakfast/lunch items. i love the deli case salads. They also have a tiny cheese shop which is great.
      Palate is also very good.

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        attran99 Aug 3, 2009 12:49 PM

        Pho Hut on Brand is suprisingly good. Way better than Pho City in Burbank. The broth at Pho Hut is flavorful, but without the overpowerful aroma of any one spice. I like the combo bowl (xe lua) that has rare beef, brisket, tripe, and tendon. It's also owned and operated by a nice Vietnamese family. It's not going to be as great as the pho places in the OC...but it's a pretty darned good alternative.

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        Pho Hut
        312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

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          Das Ubergeek Aug 3, 2009 01:00 PM

          Pho Hut is not bad. It gets EXTREMELY busy at lunchtime so prepare for a wait.

          As for Pho Citi in Burbank, its quality cannot be measured -- it must be dug for.

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          revets2 Aug 3, 2009 11:51 AM

          VIET NOODLE in atwater on glendale blvd.
          TACOS VILLAS CORONAS just down from that
          SWEETS FOR THE SOUL ditto on glendale blvd.
          DONER SPITZ in eagle rock

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            carter Aug 3, 2009 11:06 AM

            For Greek/Armenian, Elena's at 1000 S. Glendale Ave. is the place to go. Been there for give or take 30 years, so....
            Phoenicia on Central has been there a long time, and chef Ara is truly a lover of food and wine.
            While you did not ask about alcohol, Topline on San Fernando Road just north of Chevy Chase is where you buy booze at very heavily discounted prices and a very wide selection, especially Vodka, Scotch, Champagne, etc., as well as some fabulous wines. Been there forever.

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              perk Aug 4, 2009 06:59 AM

              Finally made it to Topline, after hearing about it forever. What a find! Terrific prices, very well informed sales staff, and a very good selection of wine and booze. I love this place.

            2. Das Ubergeek Aug 3, 2009 08:25 AM

              El Morfi on Brand for Argentine-Italian; La Cabanita in Montrose for Mexican (get the enmoladas and the chile relleno de picadillo); Cafe Bravo on Glenoaks for Armenian kabobs and salads (they also sell their marinated meat raw to go if you like to cook it yourself). Shamshiri on Central for Persian food, including good flavoured polos.

              Up in La Crescenta is Kasan, which is decent Korean. Chinda Thai on Victory is not bad, and right next door is Nishi-Ya, which is very good sushi (but traditional only -- no fun interesting rolls here). Go to Manila Good-Ha on Colorado for their breakfast (after 8 AM) -- get tapsilog or longsilog or tosilog (beef, sausage or pork with garlic fried rice and fried eggs, plus fresh tomatoes if you ask for them and coconut vinegar).

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              1. re: Das Ubergeek
                echoparkdirt Aug 3, 2009 09:15 AM

                You're moving to Armenian heaven! Try Carousel, Raffi's, India Sweet And Spice.

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                  oldiebutfoodie Aug 3, 2009 10:02 AM

                  Second most of the recs above. Close by in Eagle Rock you have Oinkster and Senor Fish. Also in Glendale on Colorado a tiny Korean family run restaurant called Kim's Kitchen.

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                    oldiebutfoodie Aug 3, 2009 12:50 PM

                    oops! Forgot, you can catch BigMista's Barbeque at the Atwater Farmers' Market Sunday 10am-2pm, and at Eagle Rock Friday, I think 5pm to 8pm. Far surpasses Zeke's!!!!

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                rickym13 Aug 3, 2009 08:24 AM

                bashan
                palate
                far niente
                nishi ya
                porto

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                1. re: rickym13
                  lil mikey Aug 3, 2009 11:51 AM

                  I second Bashan in Montrose as a top quality, classy meal that would cost WAY more if it was on Beverly.

                  Baracoa in Atwater for Cuban. My favorite is the short rib dinner and chicken lunch
                  Clancy's Crab Broiler for a great burger. Fish is okay, but burger's great.
                  Zeke's in Montrose for BBQ pulled pork sandwich
                  Max's of Manila for Filipino fried chicken
                  Skaf's on Verdugo for Lebanese. I like the hummus with steak.

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                  ultraviolet Aug 3, 2009 08:00 AM

                  Canele in Atwater, Glendale Blvd.- excellent, simple French (it's my favorite)
                  Giamela's in Atwater, Los Feliz Blvd- subs
                  La Cubana- Glendale, Maryland Ave.- cuban
                  Zankou Chicken- Glendale, Colorado Blvd
                  Baklava Factory - next to Zankou (excellent but only order the baklava, they have about 15 different kinds )
                  Ichiban- Glendale, Maryland sushi,It's nothing too adventurous but the fish is always super fresh
                  If you're willing to go up Verdugo to Montrose there's
                  The Black Cow- excellent breakfast and lunch
                  3 drunken goats- tapas
                  Zeke's - great pulled pork sandwich
                  I'll add more when I think of it. Enjoy your new home. I love Glendale

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                    ultraviolet Aug 3, 2009 08:01 AM

                    Also great farmer's market on Sunday mornings in Montrose on Honolulu.

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