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taking a friend from pasadena to burbank airport

LuluTheMagnificent Nov 15, 2011 08:13 AM

any recommendations on places I should try. I leave at 1 today. feeling like burgers or pizza, but all suggestions are welcome. thank you.

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    rainey Nov 15, 2011 08:36 AM

    Porto's on Hollywood Way & Magnolia. Great pastry and Cuban-based sandwiches. It's always crowded and parking can be tough but it's worth it. The mango mousse is bliss.

    My daughter tells me if Porto's is too hard to get into Urban Eats just down the street on Magnolia is also good. I trust her -- she's the person who turned us on to Portos.

    Porto's Bakery
    3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

    Urban Eats
    3501 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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      LuluTheMagnificent Nov 15, 2011 09:42 AM

      Thank you and please tell your daughter thank you. Yelping this right now.

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        cartbaby Nov 15, 2011 11:28 AM

        I avoid the Portos parking lot and just park across hollywood way at the rite-aid. I like the potato balls and guava cheese.

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          Peripatetic Nov 15, 2011 12:19 PM

          Good tip. Porto's parking lot is no fun at peak times.

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      chez cherie Nov 15, 2011 09:18 AM

      hook burger bistro is very close to the airport and i think they make a great burger. apparently they are owned by the same folks who own the habit burger chain, but this one is a bit more upscale. you still order at the counter, but they have beer and wine. seems to me a burger is about $5-6, and the bun is housemade, the meat is flavorful and the service good. they have a trio of fries, onion rings and sweet potato fries that we really enjoyed. i'm not a frequent burger-eater, but i've really enjoyed our visits to this place.

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      1. re: chez cherie
        LuluTheMagnificent Nov 15, 2011 09:44 AM

        Thank you! That burger in the pics looks really good!

      2. Peripatetic Nov 15, 2011 09:24 AM

        These threads might help:

        New job in Burbank - where's the food? (41 replies)

        Dino's Pizza Burbank (5 replies)

        I've been meaning to try the lasagna pizza at Dino's Pizza for a while now.

        Personally I have a soft spot for Chili John's (2 miles from BUR), which serves Wisconsin-style chili, but it's a little pricy and not universally loved.

        Chili John's
        2018 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

        Dino's Pizza
        3520 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

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        1. re: Peripatetic
          LuluTheMagnificent Nov 15, 2011 09:48 AM

          Thank you for this. That chili Johns looks really good. I will save it though as I made chili last night. Maybe I will try it when I pick her up from the airport, next week. :)

          *scared* re: pastrami pizza.

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          madcao Nov 15, 2011 09:29 AM

          I vote for Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake - great sandwiches and salads. I'm partial to the caprese ciabatta with proscuitto.


          Sweetsalt Food Shop
          10218 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 91602

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          1. re: madcao
            LuluTheMagnificent Nov 15, 2011 09:50 AM

            Thank you. I have been wanting a shrimp poboy or a lobster roll!

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              ns1 Nov 15, 2011 09:51 AM

              i've had both the lobster roll and the shrimp poboy and feel the poboy is far superior.

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                LuluTheMagnificent Nov 16, 2011 06:48 PM

                I didn't see this in time, but that is exactly what I had and it was delicious!

            2. re: madcao
              linus Nov 15, 2011 03:24 PM

              olive and thyme on riverside in toluca lake, very similar to sweet salt . upscale salads, sandwiches, coffee, etc.

              the love people have here for dino's is baffling.

              1. re: linus
                ns1 Nov 15, 2011 04:21 PM

                you know, I hated on Dino's for a long time but I firmly believe they are best in the area (when I'm too lazy to go to Tomato Pie or when work is buying)

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                  linus Nov 15, 2011 11:09 PM

                  to each their own. there really isnt any decent pizza in the area. i like little toni's, but thats n. hollywood, and i'm sure a lot of people think about their pizza the way i do about dinos.
                  if you hit them right, when the pie is properly baked -- the crust can often be a tad undercooked -- i think theirs is the best anywhere near the area.
                  strongly flavored, kinda oily in a good way and a nice thin crunch/chew.

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                    ns1 Nov 16, 2011 02:06 PM

                    speaking of which, I found lil toni's terrible (i live right up the street)

                    to date, lil toni's is the only 1* review I have ever given.

                    of the local ones that I tried, IMHO...

                    Dino's > Papa Johns > Pitfire Pizza / lil toni's

                    1. re: ns1
                      linus Nov 16, 2011 02:59 PM

                      ain't life grand that way?

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              Galen Nov 15, 2011 11:35 PM

              Fish Dish right next door to the airport is good. Convenient too.

              1. Mr Taster Nov 16, 2011 03:01 PM

                Sadly, it's too late but the legendary sandwich at Roma Deli on Lake in Pasadena is universally adored on these boards. It's a spectacular Italian cold cut and provelone sandwich on a crusty roll drizzled with a deep green extra virgin olive oil, made by a tiny, rosy cheeked Sicilian man. Cost: $5.50.

                Mr Taster

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                  ns1 Nov 16, 2011 03:08 PM


                  1. re: Mr Taster
                    LuluTheMagnificent Nov 16, 2011 06:49 PM

                    I will try this when I go pick them up over the weekend. Thanks!

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                      Mr Taster Nov 16, 2011 07:27 PM

                      Just don't make any special requests or the little old man gets ornery :) He's really opinionated and quite proud of his selection. If you ask about anything in the case, he'll automatically offer you a taste. Just walk up to the counter and order "the sandwich" and he'll take care of the rest.

                      Mr Taster

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                        Peripatetic Nov 16, 2011 07:33 PM

                        > Just don't make any special requests or the little old man gets ornery

                        Agreed. Rosario can be very friendly or very prickly, often for no discernible reason. Don't take it personally. There's sort of a "Roma Deli Users Guide" over here:


                        1. re: Peripatetic
                          Mr Taster Nov 16, 2011 11:35 PM

                          And here's a picture of the man at work...


                          Mr Taster

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                            LuluTheMagnificent Nov 17, 2011 11:43 AM

                            Thank you! I already mapped it and put it in my phone. I love Italian subs!

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                              LuluTheMagnificent Nov 19, 2011 08:19 AM

                              Man, just found out the plane lands at 8:30pm, this place closes at 6pm. :(

                  2. ipsedixit Nov 16, 2011 07:50 PM

                    The cheeseburger at Chezz Burger at the Southwest Terminal inside the Burbank Airport (past security) is fantastic. Fantastic for airport food, for sure.

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