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Oct 21, 2005 05:15 AM


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Will be arriving the night before a conference and staying near Burbank airport.

Am renting a car but don't want to have to drive too far or risk getting lost in unfamiliar territory.

Just the same, I'd sure appreciate eating well before 2/12 days of--ugh--hotel food. Jewish deli? Exceptional Chinese? Regional (preferably southerly) Italian? Places that stay open lateish would be helpful but not essential. A really good fish house would be fine too.And I'm never averse to exceptional French bistro.

Many thanks for any advice.

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  1. Linked below is a thread on the subject of Chinese food in Burbank. Just remember that Burbank is not the culinary center of Los Angeles, (or anywhere else for that matter).

    Here are a few other places to consider. None are terrible and none of them are wonderful, but they hopefully won't leave you thinking "Why in the hell did I just eat here?"

    Picanha Churrascaria (Brazilian AYCE BBQ)
    269 E. Palm Ave., Burbank

    Barragan's Mexican Restaurant (decent family style)
    730 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank

    Cafe N'Awlins (pretty good cajun)
    122 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank

    Market City Caffe (serviceable Italian)
    164 E. Palm Ave., Burbank

    Mi Piace (another pretty fair Italian place)
    801 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank


    5 Replies
    1. re: WLA

      Second Picanha

      However, you should know that Cafe N'Awlins went belly up about 5 years ago and was replaces with I think a thai bbq joint. Never tried it.

      Mr. Taster

      1. re: Mr. Taster

        Burbank may not be a culinary mecca, but there are some decent places. Chili John's is great for a bowl of red and a slice of pineapple cream pie. Eat n' Park is pretty good for breakfast and local color. The Cuban food at Las Palmas and the Mexican food at La Cita aren't far at all, and a quick jaunt to adjacent Glendale brings you to the excellent Lebanese food at Caroussel and Mandaloun. And there's a Daily Grill right across from the Burbank Airport.

        Nothing like serviceable Chinese food, though.

        1. re: condiment

          Please tell me more about Caroussel and Mandaloun.I suppose I should also have mentioned Korean, another favorite cuisine that's, in my experience, generally better in LA than SF.

          For something wonderful, I don't mind driving 15 minutes (with adequate directions!) but 30-40 each way won't work.

          Thanks a mil.

        2. re: Mr. Taster

          does anyone ever know what happened to the cajun creole cafe n' awlins in burbank, they had the best cajun food i've ever had in the la area, great crab crakes, unbelievably good, in an unbelievably sauce. if anyone knows where they resurfaced to that would be great. oh, man they made some great pies to like sweet potato pecan or french chocolate silk w/ freshly whipped cream to order. great, great stuff. sorely missed.

        3. re: WLA

          Mi Piace Burbank went belly-up a couple months ago. I was by there a couple weeks back and saw the entire restaurant tagged for their going out of business auction, which was to be held the next day.

          Also, of course, no Jewish deli in Burbank. Burbank isn't a particularly Jewish area. You'd have to travel to Studio City/Sherman Oaks, or, if you're willing to drive for the BEST, get in your rental car and go to Brent's Deli in Northridge (about a 30-40 minute drive). You won't be disappointed.

        4. b
          Barham Turner

          As folks have noted, Burbank isn't the center of the culinary universe. However, a quite good Thai place has opened on San Fernando Boulevard near the big Media Center mall. It's called Chadaka Thai. It's an elegant space with (I thought) excellent food. Full bar, too. It's probably about 10 minutes from the airport.

          Chadaka Thai
          310 N. San Fernando Blvd.


          1. Bacco's is an Italian trattoria on Riverside, on the same block as the Disney Channel Building. Pretty good food, wine list. A lot of Disney execs eat there.

            1. Great Chicago food at Taste Chicago. Try the combo Beef /sausage. The Pizza is good and so are the dawgs. Great subs near the airport as well. Maybe get one for your return flight. You will be right next to Glendale. Try driving down Brand Ave (right off the 134 fry. Lots of great places to eat on or near Brand. Maybe re-post requesting recs in Burbank also. Brand Ave. is a nice Blvd. walk as well. Check out for your maps to these places ans you can see how close you are.

              Taste Chicago
              603 N Hollywood Way
              Burbank, CA 91505
              (818) 563-2800

              Giamela's Submarine Sandwiches (Subs, Pastrami
              )216 W Magnolia Blvd
              Burbank, CA 91502-1724
              (818) 845-6611
              Just West of the 5 Fry

              Santoro's Submarine Sandwich (Must try Subs)
              1423 W Burbank Blvd
              Burbank, CA 91506-1307
              (818) 848-8888
              Just West of the 5 Fry

              Mario's Italian Market (Subs)
              740 E Broadway
              Glendale, CA 91205-1150
              (818) 242-4114
              East of Galleria, Cross Glendale Ave.

              315 North Brand Blvd.
              Glendale, CA 91203
              (818) 956-5996

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              1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

                Here are two more close to you. Also, Portos in my first list is good for dessert. Some hot food is OK but the dessert is great--maybe the best near you.

                KRUA Thai Restaurant (try Pad Thai NDC)
                13130 Sherman Way
                North Hollywood, CA 91605-4645
                (818) 759-7998(Cross, Coldwater Canyon Ave., Just off/W of 170, North of 134, East of 405)

                Chili John's
                2018 W Burbank Blvd
                Burbank, CA 91506-1319
                (818) 846-3611
                (818) 846-4007 (Fax)
                Cross Street: Keystone Street

              2. Check out a map of Burbank. It is a simple grid except for San Fernando, which curves, Victory, which changes from NS to EW and Olive, which is a diagonal. All of these places are within 10 minutes of the airport.

                There is a little downtown area with chains and some better small restaurants. That is where you will find Picanha Brazilian Churrascaria, Market City Cafe, and some susshi places.

                Chili John's closes kind of early, as do many places in Burbank. Get it spicy or it will be bland.

                Bob's Big Boy on Riverside Drive is open 24-hours, as is the Coral Cafe on Burbank, although the food is not spectacular. But you would be grateful if starved at 2am.

                I recommend Porto's as well (also not open very late),

                Poquito Mas on Olive

                Zankou Chicken on San Fernando

                Tony's Bellavista on Magnolia

                Doughnut Hut on Magnolia has really good donuts, open early and late.

                2 Replies
                1. re: EliseT

                  Not to inhibit the free and open exchange of ideas but, you are responding to a poster's question and the ensuing thread from 17 months ago.

                  1. re: bodie

                    Sorry. I was searching Burbank and this is one of the most recent topics that popped up, so I didn't even check the date. Hopefully it will help the next person who searches Burbank.