Glendale's Best Places to Eat
My girlfriend and I just recently moved to glendale and we need some recommendations for great neighborhood places to eat. We arent the richest people in the world, so we would prefer moderately priced to down right cheap places. =) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Welcome to the neighborhood! Here are some favorites:
POLKA: This little polish restaurant at York and Verdugo, in a mini mall, is one of the best deals you can find. Fresh, home cooked food for a great price. When you sit down, before you even order, you get a bowl of perhaps the best soup in town, truly (it changes each day) Then you get an eccentric but enjoyable salad. And then an enormous plate of food. The grilled Kielbasa is terrific, and the combination Royal plate, where you get to try three polish choices (dumplings and stuffed cabbages) is a must. I eat like a horse and I usually bring food home. And the couple that own it/run it are very nice. Lunch is cheaper, though at dinner you get a dessert.
MARIOS DELI: On Broadway just east of Glendale, near the Trader Joes. This is just take out but is a great place to know about. It is a small deli, with wonderful Italian products and meats and cheeses, as well as homemade sauces (marinara and the like) They also have a full sandwich deli the sandwiches rock -- and you can also get lasagnas, stuffed shells, all kinds of marinated veggies and salads, etc. I love the antipasto salad in particular. One can feed 2 or three people.
DAMONS STEAKHOUSE: This is a cheesy but fun and very reasonable steakhouse on Brand that has been a staple of Glendale for a long time. Expect a wait if you dont have a reservation, it is always packed. It is done up in Polynesian style and you get a complete dinner, its not a la cart.
CASA BIANCA Just down the road in Eagle Rock (5 minutes away), many of us think this is the best Pizza in town. You are also going to have to wait here, but you must go and try it. My favorite is the homemade Italian sausage and garlic pizza. 1650 Colorado
COLUMBOS Also in Eagle Rock, this is a divey bar and restaurant/jazz place that is a lot of fun. Good steaks, etc, and wonderful old-fashioned garlic toast that comes to the table. 1833 Colorado
CAFÉ BEAUJOLIAS One more Eagle Rock choice (all three of these are near one another on Colorado) this is a great neighborhood bistro, with steak, fish, onion soup and the like. Very reasonable and very good food. 1712 Colorado
Also, FORTUNE INN, which is at the corner of Broadway and Maryland, has very good Chinese delivery.
And GEORGES Italian in the Kenneth Village area of Glendale is just terrific, old fashioned, very good Italian for a very reasonable price. They also deliver and their pizza is good.
Elena's Greek/Armenian restaurant makes EXCELLENT smokey, lovely grilled meats. About $8 for a combo plate with charred tomato, rice, etc. Small, happy neighborhood joint and very friendly. Look for the white christmas lights decorating the trees outside. I believe it's at the corner of Glendale and Acacia.
Elena Greek Armenian Cuisine
1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205
Also, if you go to casa bianca, be aware the quality of the pizza is based on the toppings you choose (this is anathema to my pizza philosophy since I was weaned on the cheese pizza in the NYC area). Since there is normally a 60-90 minute wait at CB, you really don't have the luxury of experimenting with things that are not proven winners. Their plain cheese pie is really bad..... somehow the toppings transform it. Their (supposedly homemade) sausage and fried eggplant pizza is a winner. Avoid the musrooms which are of the nasty grey canned variety and offer no flavor.
re: Chris in Conejo
La Cabanita has some excellent dishes, especially those involving stuffed chilis, but I've observed lousy service on more than one occasion. In fact, I've seen service collapse when the place gets too busy, and it can get very busy. I once waited 30 [sic] minutes between appetizer and main course, because the increasingly frustrated waiters couldn't manage a very large table of what looked to be several neighborhood families that had popped in unannounced. (This kind of pressure might be unusual, but I've had and seen amateur service many times.) A more-professional staff could have handled the situation much better. I was the only other table at that point, so they should have been able to get my simple order out in the middle of preparing the others. After all, I had ordered before the big table arrived. Alternatively, they could have given me a free drink or appetizer or a discount certificate for next time, to mention the most obvious ways to make up for bad service. At the very least, someone might have stopped by and said, "I'm sorry for the poor service this evening." My several polite complaints were met with (frantically) blank stares, as the staff rushed around the dining room.
La Cabanita can be nice, with good to very good food and interesting customers (usually from the neighborhood, it seems). It's also a comfortable and attractive place, and I like going there when I'm in the area and can't make it over to one of the top sit-down Mexican restaurants (far from Glen & Dale) -- Babita in San Gabriel, La Casita Mexicana in Bell, La Serenata in Boyle Heights, etc. I still stop by every month or so -- the food IS good -- but nowadays will only go at off-hours and keep my fingers crossed that some local softball team doesn't get the urge.
"...but I've observed lousy service on more than one occasion. In fact, I've seen service collapse when the place gets too busy, and it can get very busy."
This is absolutely true -- they are nice people, generous and willing to help, but when they get "dans la merde", the service goes straight down the bung.
re: Das Ubergeek
Humbly, I must disagree. I eat at La Cabanita every other week and rarely have I had service problems. Yes, sometimes the food takes a while to come out, but the servers are always willing to bring you more chips and delicious homemade salsa. At any rate, their food is so good and so authentic, it is worth the wait.
I have also NEVER had bad service there and I've been going there since they've opened...it feels like a hundred years now...it was one of the reasons why I moved back in to town 2 years ago along with being able to get to Silverlake wine easier, and Bistro Verdu (which is now BASHANs and is great)
I've been in there and everyone is very friendly, and helpful...they all really know their stuff.
I just find myself at Silverlake Wine because the tastings are very friendly if I'm solo...I'm always sure to know 2-3 people when I show up on a whim so I always feel comfy and it's never a meat market.
I've never had a chance to try one of Rosso's tastings...any good?
I just know that when going to the Bistro, it was always an older crowd and sometimes I've seen some "stuffy-style" wine snobs in Rosso and that's not exactly fun for a solo gal looking to enjoy some wine after a long day.
I guess the tattoo/piercing crowd (which I rarely notice) are more forgiving to the sweaty/fitness type that doesn't want to go home and change after many hours of jiggling other peoples' thighs.
SLW also usually has some bread/butter or cheese/meaty bits for nibbling during the tastings.
Colorado Wine also doesn't mind when I've brought a few slices of meat, some cheese, and a guitl-ridden bag of kettle chips-yum with the prosecco!
I may check out the French tasting at Rosso tomorrow after my spinning class.
re: coco puff
Rafi's is Persian-Armenian - i.e. the proprietors are ethnic Armenians whose families relocated to Iran at some point. A lot of Armenians fled Armenia during the genocide. To this day there exists a large Armenian community in Iran.
Rafi's is some of the best kabob available (and that's according to my Persian aunt) - the only draw back is that they do not offer any stew or rice dishes - but if you are in the mood for kabob it is the best.
I just finished working on a project in Glendale for the past 3 months, and we ate out EVERY day from a variety of places. Here are some good, cheap suggestions:
Lemongrass Vietnamese - $6 plates of food, very good vegetarian options and soups
The Taco Spot - this is up the street on colorado, also excellent veggie enchiladas
The Oinkster - absolutely humongous pork or pastrami sandwiches for $5
Tep Thai - spicy and affordable
Clancy's Crab Broiler - great crab cake and lobster bisque, but a bit more expensive
Hot Wings Cafe - greasy but good
Patrick's Cafe - immense sandwiches and homemade chips (try the Patty's Fatty)
Yikes - last time I was at Gauchos, there were flies in the salad bar and the meat was overdone and tough. A much better churrascaria is Picanha in Burbank, on 3rd Street and Palm. Their salad bar is impeccable and the garlic beef always gets raves at my table. On Mondays they have a discounted dinner special.
Mario's Italian Deli & Catering
740 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
3447 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208
Raffi's Place Restaurant
211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
304 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
1415 E Colorado St Ste D, Glendale, CA 91205
Elena Greek Armenian Cuisine
1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
Damons Glendale Steakhouse
317 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
714 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204
216 N Orange St, Glendale, CA 91203
Clancy's Crab Broiler
219 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203
6720 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91201
Hot Wings Cafe
314 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
Georges Cucina Italiana
1418 W Kenneth Rd, Glendale, CA 91201
Folliero Pizza & Italian Food
5566 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Shamshiri (Persian), on Central near Glenoaks.
Cafe Bravo (Armenian), on Glenoaks near the DMV.
Fish King (part fishmonger, part "Galley"), on Glendale north of the 134.
Divina Cucina (Italian), on Verdugo Rd. near Verdugo Blvd.
New Moon (Chinese), on Verdugo Blvd. near Verdugo Rd.
Milano's (Italian), on Brand and Doran.
HK Market (for pre-marinated Korean BBQ meat and lots of kimchi) on Pacific north of the 134.
Manila Good-Ha (Filipino - good breakfast) on Colorado east of Glendale.
Max's of Manila (Filipino - sit down place) on Colorado near the mall.
Patrick's (salads-sandwiches-etc) on Glenoaks southeast of Sonora.
Tortas Mexico (guess), soon to open next to Vons on Verdugo Blvd. near the 2.
re: Das Ubergeek
And I can't believe I forgot (like my last post, some of these are places to source ingredients):
Schreiner's Fine Sausages (German butcher shop)
Berolina Bakery (Swedish bakery)
Oven Fresh Bakery (this might technically be in Montrose - fantastic raisin rolls)
Sarkis Pastry (Armenian)
Lola's (Peruvian - great chicken, even better salmon salad at lunch)
re: Das Ubergeek
Branching out to stores, there's also Mignon Chocolate on Verdugo, near Chevy Chase (the street). Some of their chocolate is darker than dark thoughts, but less bitter, and it often makes a good counterpoint to sweetish creams. Head to Walgreen's, however, if you want cherry cordials.
Just had 2 meals at Bashan tonight!!!
I was doing a drive-by on my way home from the airport (weekend of amazing food in San Fran-go to AME for an amazing tasting menu!) to see if the new place had opened yet. Yep, they did. Just thought I'd look at the menu. Wound up ordering mussles. FANTASTIC!
Got home, told my friend and he said he was hungry so I said I'd go back with him. (I had only been gone an hour before I returned with him) He ordered the oysters on the half-BEAUTIFUL presentation...clever, not obnox. Perfectly tasty delicate little guys...mmm. My friend also ordered the steak. DAMN GOOD!!! Perfectly crispy char, medium rare and so flavorful. The chocolate bread pudding was amazing. I loved it!!! My friend wanted less chocolate but as far as I'm concerned, that's just crazy. Nice wines by the glass list. Pretty room. Great sevice. Great bread. Great butte. Can't wait to go back. Yes, I'll miss Vedu since I used to eat there almost 3x a week. This place will make a great replacement of my old haunt...the only thing I'll miss is the little bar...no place to sit for a solo diner unless it's a table...hopefully it will work it I just want to pop in for a quick bite.
Dear Tatertotsrock --
after your rave reviews, i couldn't wait to try bashan so i went. my hubby and i split the mussels, the heirloom tomato salad w/burrata and tomato oil, the corn ravioli and steelhead trout. Wonderful. All delicious hits. We'll definitely go back. They said their current thinking is to change the menu every two weeks and to have daily specials. We love their new lamps!
New Moon Restaurant
2138 Verdugo Blvd, Montrose, CA 91020
117 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
Colombo's Italian Steakhouse
1833 Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock, CA 90041
Max's of Manila
313 W Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204
Schreiner's Fine Sausages
3417 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208
Berolina Bakery & Pastry Shop
3421 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208
Mr K's Pizza
1504 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201
La Cubana - moved, see #44552
720 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205
1135 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202
122 W Stocker St, Glendale, CA 91202
Lola's Peruvian Restaurant
230 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
Pecos Bill's Bar-B-Q
1551 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201
4432 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204
Dinah's Fried Chicken
4106 San Fernando Rd Ste A, Glendale, CA 91204
Great White Hut
121 W California Ave, Glendale, CA 91203
143 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206
Casa Bianca Pizza Pie
1650 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041
1111 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
Milano's Italian Kitchen
525 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
Fish King Seafood & Poultry Co
722 N Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91206
3730 Verdugo Rd, Montrose, CA 91020
H K Market
831 N Pacific Ave, Glendale, CA 91203
Manila Good Ha
900 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205
3326 Los Olivos Ln, Glendale, CA 91214
Oven Fresh Bakery
3600 Ocean View Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208
3459 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208
International Grill & Massis
1125 Glendale Galleria, Glendale, CA 91210
734 Foothill Blvd, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
3315 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA 91208
211 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
1219 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
Try the taco truck on Colorado Blvd just west of Eagle Rock Blvd.... I'm serious. I've been going to that truck for over 20 years. The key ingredient that makes everything great is the meat... seasoned perfectly and served in hearty portions in all of the menu items. I recommend the all meat burrito... or the meat quesadilla... the tacos are excellent as well The truck is there every night from 8pm to around 3am and is usually parked right in front of the Comfort Inn. Cheap and absolutely delicious!!
our current office 'lunch possibles' list, mostly $5-$8:
Thai in LA [Thai]
303 1/2 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818-548-3539
all good; split a large hot pot
312 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA, 91203
all good; sure beats yoshinoya
Ichiban [Japanese & sushi]
120 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204 (818) 242-9966
Lunch 2- or 3-item combo
Octopus [Japanese & sushi]
112 N Maryland Ave, Glendale, CA 91206 (818) 500-8788
Kozy Korner [Thai]
213 W Wilson Ave, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 242-6608
ok but very small
207 W Wilson Ave, Glendale, CA 91209 (818) 507-0812
Glendale Grill [Kabobs]
all good; across the street from Elena's, run buy co-founder of Cafe Bravo.
206 W Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91204 (818) 246-0244
all good; Carne Asada breakfast. Tell the waiter it's your birthday; beware.
126 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 242-0505
slow; just ok
El Morfi [Argentine]
241 North Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 547-4420
Thai Original BBQ
143 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205 (818) 507-6789
for bbq only; others in the chain are better
230 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 956-5888
ok chicken. and a waiter who wants to entertain
216 N Orange St, Glendale, CA 91203 (818) 500-9550
and be very nice to the waitresses
Thai Food [Thai/Viet]
1361 E Colorado, Glendale 91205
all good; very small
and you should also know:
Topline Wine & Spirit Co
4718 San Fernando Rd Ste A, Glendale, CA 91204 (323) 665-8484
Zankou Chicken has great food - on Colorado I believe. Get their chicken sharma.
If you like mexican, you can try Casa de Ramos on Glenoaks + Highland. They have odd hours, so you may want to check ahead of time.
Definately try out Raffi's Place on Broadway and Louise. They're closed mondays. The food is absolutely delicious. They have huge portions, so you can split a plate easily.