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Nov 15, 2011 08:13 AM

taking a friend from pasadena to burbank airport

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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  1. 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

    3 Replies
    1. re: rainey

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

      1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

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

        1. re: cartbaby

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

    2. 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

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

      2. 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

        1 Reply
        1. re: Peripatetic

          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.

        2. 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

          8 Replies
          1. re: madcao

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

            1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

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

              1. re: ns1

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

            2. re: madcao

              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

                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)

                1. re: ns1

                  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.

                  1. re: linus

                    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

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