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Dec 13, 2005 06:13 PM


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A buddy of mine just moved to Burbank from New Hampshire. He is looking for moderate priced places to eat at on a semi-regular basis around his new home. I am not too familiar myself, but threw out Mucho Mas on Burbank and U.S.A. Ribs on Pass Ave (I think). Maybe these aren't even in Burbank. Maybe they're not that good. Those are the only places I know. One thing I am sure of is that I need your help. He's looking for staples. All types of cuisine are welcome. Keep it delicious!

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  1. Try L'Artiste Patisserie in Encino for salads, sandwiches, omelettes and French toast -- along with great coffee and fresh pastries.

    L'Artiste Patisserie
    17312-A Ventura Boulevard
    Ventura Boulevard, Encino
    (818) 386-0061


    1. If your friend likes cupcakes, you might turn him on to a new place specializing in them. It is called Yummy Cupcakes, and is located on Magnolia, with all the details in the link below.
      Also, Bistro Provence in the Vons center on Pass Avenue adjacent to the Starbucks is a nice bistro place with entrees fairly priced. Chef/owner is formerly head chef at Pinot Bistro in Studio City. Not sure if they have received their wine license yet, but no corkage if not. 818.840.9050.


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      1. re: carter

        I second both these places.

        The "old school" cupcake and red velvet are to die for.

        Bistro Provence does serve wine and champagne now.

      2. ITYM "Poquito Mas" and "Ribs U.S.A." and both are good.

        In addition, there is Tequilas (Mexican), on Magnolia and Clybourn; La Maria (Colombian) on Victory and Clybourn; Pinocchio's (Italian) on Magnolia between Hollywood and Buena Vista; Picanha (Brazilian) on 3rd and Palm; and several very, very good Thai places on Sherman Way between the 170 and Woodman (technically North Hollywood, but well worth the drive).

        1. One of the best pizza places in LA (with very reasonabe prices) is Dino's Pizza:

          Dino's Pizza
          3520 W. Burbank Bl
          (818) 841-3311


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          1. re: Norm

            I second Dino's...great pizza, sandwiches, and salads. Since moving to San Diego this is the place I miss most in Burbank.

          2. This is my list for Burbank, Glendale & Eagle Rock area in no particular order.

            Auntie Em's Kitchen (Best Cupcakes, try red velvet and coconut cupcakes, breakfast sandwiches, huge salads, soups or lamb shepherd's pie).
            4616 Eagle Rock Blvd
            Los Angeles, CA 90041-3032
            (323) 255-0800
            Cross Street: Corliss Street

            Porto’s (Cakes as they should be)
            315 North Brand Blvd.
            Glendale, CA 91203
            (818) 956-5996

            Dinah's Fried Chicken
            4106 San Fernando Rd Ste A
            Glendale, CA 91204-3818
            (818) 244-4188

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

            Taste Chicago (Try the “Combo” Itallian Beef w/ Sausage, also Chicago style Dawgs)
            603 N Hollywood Way
            Burbank, CA 91505
            (818) 563-2800

            Billy's Delicatessen Rstrnt (pastrami, corned beef, rare roast beef
            )216 N Orange St
            Glendale, CA 91203
            (818) 500-9550
            (818) 246-3210

            Ben's Deli (Corned Beef on Rye)
            271 e Orange Grove
            Burbank 818.846.6227
            1 blk off Glenoaks near Magnolia.

            Dave's Chillin-N-Grillin (meatball sub made from veal, pork and beef that he grinds himself, French dip and Dave's special turkey sandwich (the Pilgrim) & try a smoothie
            2152 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock Blvd
            Los Angeles 90041
            (619) 733-8500
            Cross -- Eagle Rock

            Brent's Deli (Mushroom barley soup Corned Beef, Pastrami on Rye; Reuben Sandwiches. Breakfast-for-dinner four-decker chocolate cake)
            19565 Parthenia St
            Northridge, CA 91324-3406
            (818) 886-5679
            West of Tampa Ave., N of 101 & W of 405. From 405 exit Roscoe Blvd. West to Tampa, North to Parthenia, West to a strip mall at 19565.

            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

            Eagle Rock Bakery (A MUST try for The BEST fresh baked Italian sandwich bread rolls and top quality Italian meats and cheese – make your own at home. Try the “Pizza Bread” -- Saturday only, and get a bag of bread sticks)
            1726 Colorado Blvd.
            Los Angeles, CA 90041
            (323) 255-8224
            Seven blocks East of Eagle Rock Blvd., Across from Tommy’s Burgers

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

            Dona Maria (Great vegetable soup - really good if you are getting or are sick)
            729 Foothill Blvd
            LA Canada Fltrdg, CA 91011-3405
            (818) 952-2735
            Off the 210 North of Pasadena

            Arnie Mortin’s (Morton's of Chicago, Porterhouse steak, double filet mignon, Sicilian veal chop, whole Maine lobster, and broiled center-cut swordfish)
            3400 W Olive Ave
            Burbank, CA 91505
            (818) 238-0424
            (At the 134)

            Link to Pasadena and SGV List

            13 Replies
            1. re: Like-Go-Eat?
              Steve Doggie-Dogg

              Chili John's?! I work a half block from there, and I still wouldn't eat there. The chili is ordinary and ridiculously overpriced. I don't care for Taste Chicago either.

              See ya

              1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                Hi Steve. I like Taste Chicago. The Combo is much da same IMO w/ the Combo at Wrigley' patio and da dawg is like da ones at The Wiener's Circle. Who would you say does a better job in L.A. with Chicago chow?

                1. re: Like-Go-Eat?
                  Steve Doggie-Dogg

                  For natural casing Vienna Beef, the best dog is at Larry's Dog in Burbank. For the toppings, the Stand now has the neon green relish, poppy seed bun and sport peppers. I've had problems with the food and service at both Taste Chicago and QT's Chicago Dogs. I don't plan to return to either of them.

                  Try Larry's instead of Taste Chicago next time and see what you think. They're up on Burbank Bl just east of Hollywood Way. Larry's makes great taboule too.

                  See ya


                  1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                    Thanks fo da rec Steve. I will give Larry’s a try because my wife loves Chicago Dawgs. I also had a problem one time at Taste Chicago. The first two times I had the frozen custard it was really good. The last time I went four of us tried it and all four of our frozen custard desserts were, – “over frozen?” I decided not to order it again. The owner said they were going to discontinue making it. But they also did not charge us. One of the things I like about the place is when you ask for something different like, “Can you grill my dawg?” they say, “Ya sure. Anything you want.” I think you should reconsider returning because IMO they have the best Itallian sausage sandwich. The quality and taste of the sausage is very much like the sausage topping on the Petrillo's Pizza. A true home made Itallian quality, texture and taste. That sausage sandwich is just as good cold the next day. To me dat is da best test fo food.

                    Larry’s Chili Dog (try Chicago Dawgs & Taboule) rec by Steve Doggie-Dogg
                    3122 W Burbank Blvd
                    Burbank, CA
                    Phone: (818) 842-0244
                    Severl blocks East of N. Hollywood Way

                    Taste Chicago (Try the “Combo” Itallian Beef w/ Sausage, also Chicago style Dawgs)
                    603 N Hollywood Way
                    Burbank, CA 91505
                    (818) 563-2800

                    Petrillo's Pizza (Restaurant & Take-Out
                    )833 E Valley Blvd
                    San Gabriel, CA 91776
                    (626) 280-7332
                    Chowhouh diiscussion on Petrillo's Pizza

                    1. re: Like-Go-Eat?
                      Steve Doggie-Dogg

                      My main objections to Taste Chicago are that the dogmeat just isn't snappy. They don't use natural casing Vienna Beef... they use the cheaper blubbery variety. Also, the counter help there can be extremely rude. I asked for a dog with mustard and onions and they gave me just mustard. When I asked for onions, the guy told me. "We're all out of onions." I couldn't believe what I was hearing... a hot dog stand with no onions?! So I asked again... "Not a single onion in the whole place?" He told me that they had all been "put away". I asked if he could find one and chop some for me... "Nope."

                      Larry's Dogs doesn't have the neon relish and the sport peppers, but it has the real Vienna Beef natural casing dog. And they will jump through hoops to give it to you exactly how you want it.

                      See ya

                      1. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                        We got our first Taste of Chicago deep-dish and almost broke our teeth. there were numerous hard chunks, like the little stones you pick out of raw beans. I was trying to think what could do that by accident in a pepperoni pizza? Not eggshells, nutshells or seafood. It is still amystery and we are afraid to go back.

                2. re: Steve Doggie-Dogg

                  You're in the minority because Chili John's is considered the best chili in L.A in poll after poll.

                  1. re: hondo77

                    Were they comparing it to Stagg's Chili in a Can? Because, honestly, I'd rather have the Stagg's. Chili John's chili is revolting. I guess I'm in the minority too, as are many people on this board.

                    I don't often have strong negative reactions to restaurants, but if you offered me Chili John's for free or Chili My Soul and I had to pay, I'd still go to Chili My Soul.

                    Bad though I think Chili John's is, though, it can't hold a candle to the worst food In Burbank, which is at John's Eat & Park on Victory. Their omelettes ought to be used as birth control.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      I refer you to Jonathan Gold's list of 99 Essential L.A. Restaurants:

                      1. re: hondo77

                        ...which also recommends Empress Pavilion (disgusting!), The Ivy (overpriced and stuck up for average food) and Pink's (why bother with that line?). Just more evidence that J. Gold's taste is not always mine.

                      2. re: Das Ubergeek

                        I disagree. If I had to eat an omelette at Eat & Park every day to ward off pregnancy, I'd have had children LONG ago. :)

                        I thought Chili John's was revolting. I've become a bit of a chili snob, though, since learning how to make it well myself. Chili My Soul is the only place around that I'd go to for chili if I were too lazy to spend the 4 hours to make mine.

                        And seriously, how OLD is this post?? How did it get revived from the grave?

                        1. re: RaeRenee

                          I completely agree...Chili My Soul has the best chili around! I am not a big fan of Chili John's and I think Pink's is completely overrated and their chili is tasteless.

                          1. re: carriedushey

                            Thank God I'm not the only one who doesn;t like Chili John's. I love the atmosphere. But I have tried it in every combination, mild and spicy, and even my not-at-all-picky husband won't eat it.

                            Just a different style I guess.