I used to live withing walking distance of so many great restaurants in Los Feliz. The main draw to Burbank seems to be that Weinerschnitzel serves beer.
It was suggested that I embrace Burbank. I am willing to go into Toluca Lake, Studio City and Glendale when necessary, but I really need a few reliable "non-"franchise" places locally. Here are a few of the Burbank restaurants I've tried...you can give me other recommendations, or chime in:
Bahia Corporales: Really like it
Bob's Big Boy: Pretty good, great onion rings, but limited menu
Buchanan's: I grew up on this type of food and theirs is really bad.
Chili Johns: Such great ambiance, but boring chili.
China Inn Bistro: Good appetizers, Pretty good main dishes
Coral Cafe: Good for soup, sandwiches and fried snacks when nothing else is open at 3am
Dino's: OK, not that impressed...got it "to go"
Frank's steakhouse: Good milkshakes, otherwise blah
Frontier Wok: Not bad
Genio's: good fish, unpredictable service, expensive for what it is. Everyone in there is 80 years old.
Guantanamera: Good, but I'm spoiled by Versailles
Hugo's: Excellent breakfast. Great veggie stuff. Just too far from our home near the 5 fwy.
India's Tandoori: Good, but super-small portions
Magnolia Grill: NO
Mardi Gras: So disappointing. I really wanted to like them and returned over and over, to no avail.
Michael's Bar and Grill: Unremarkable
Miss Peaches/Angelina's Soul Food: Great, but unpredictably closed.
Pichana: Great black beans and meats.
Pinnochio's: Heavy old-American/Italian. Once saw weevils in the store section that put me off.
Poquito Mas: I LOVE IT!
Porto's: YAY! Great Cuban sandwiches!
Ribs USA: good beef ribs. Unremarkable sides.
Salerno's: Great sandwiches, but heard they went downhill after recently changing owners.
The Smokehouse: I was surprised at how bad it was. At dinner, the server burned me, and the brunch was bad.
Thai Kitchen: Great Tom Kah Gai. My usual Thai place.
Tony's Bellavista: Good appetizers, Pretty good pizzas...kind of heavy gnocchi.
Zankou Chicken: I LOVE IT!
I also like the Chinese and Japanese places in the shopping mall on Hollywood and Verdugo.
I am curious about Tate of Chicago, NYPD Pizza, Royal Grill Kabob House...anything else you can suggest...