Discoveries in a Chow-Free Zone: Burbank

Das Ubergeek has finally found something worth eating in southeast Burbank–and it’s in a liquor store.

Inside this liquor store is a counter, and behind the counter is a man named Olvis, who’s long worked at Fish King, the excellent fish market in Glendale (where, incidentally, they also make fish and chips).

Six big fingers of cod and a double handful of steak fries come out, all cooked perfectly to order–fish nice and flaky, fries with that crunchy-chewy bite that only steak fries have. It all comes with half a lemon and a tub each of ketchup and tartar sauce.

All this costs $6.99 plus tax; a Diet Coke is $1.50.

Apparently the workers of Burbank are already in on the secret of this place, because even at 2:05 on one afternoon there were 15 people–guys in work boots with paint on their faces, Armenians in velour track suits, and one pale stockbroker type in an expensive suit–getting everything from fish and chips to pastrami sandwiches on rye to oven-roasted turkey on French rolls.

Just down the street is the home of a weirdly good BBQ sandwich, Pecos Bill’s, says ozzygee. Instead of being slathered in BBQ sauce, the meat comes au jus.

Clare K’s favorite place in Burbank is Granville, with lots of good options along the lines of sandwiches (with sweet potato or regular fries or house-made chips) and salad. Roasted turkey sandwich with avocado and caprese sandwich with prosciutto are good stuff, and the fries perfectly crispy. Check out the Uptown mac and cheese, which gets its name from a mix of Petit Basque, Gruyere, and Parmesan cheeses, grilled asparagus, sweet peas, and grilled chicken.

Willie’s Fish and Chips [East San Fernando Valley]
inside the Alameda Market
321 W. Alameda Ave., at Victory, Burbank
Locater

Pecos Bill’s BarBQ [East San Fernando Valley]
1551 Victory Blvd., Glendale
818-241-2750
Locater

Granville [East San Fernando Valley]
121 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank
818-848-4726
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Another good lunch at Granville in Burbank
FINALLY, something worth eating in SE Burbank

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