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Billy's Grill in Sherman Oaks

TomSwift | Feb 9, 200603:25 PM

The "Pastrami Sandwich" thread below started me musing about going to Billy's Deli in Glendale for a pastrami sandwich for lunch today. I did a search and found mixed reviews of both the deli and the sandwich (and besides, I was at Langer's just yesterday) but my search turned up Billy's Grill on the SE corner of Van Nuys and Magnolia. Almost uniform praise. So off we went. Their signage bills them as "gourmet hamburgers" and they do have ostrich, buffalo and lamb at $6.50 and venison and ahi tuna burgers at $7.50.

We stuck with the Billy's Deluxe, a quarter pounder with green leaf lettuce (not iceberg), tomato slice, red onion slices, mayo and housemade 1000 Island sauce. Choice of white or wheat bun, toasted. $3.95. Mine was cooked medium-rare as requested, with grilled onions as well. Overall a pretty good burger but the meat had no special flavor. Not as good as Boulevard Burger in Woodland Hills, IMO. French fries ($1.95) well-done were great skinny fries, crispy shell with a creamy interior. A very large basket. Better than Boulevard's thick fries. No free drink refills, however.

This place is in a corner mall with stools and 3 small tables. They did a brisk take-out business. I'd go back. NOW, right next door on Magnolia is a truly hole-in-the-wall Mexican place with no name that I could discover, just a sign saying "Mexican Food - Burritos, Tacos, Tortas and Fresh Fruit Drinks." This place was packed with a line out the door. The menu, listed on the wall, had only 8 food items with no prices shown. 2 tables. A large wall menu of fruit drinks. As we were standing on the sidewalk looking at the sign, trying to locate a name, a guy walking by told us it was a great place. I'm definately going for lunch but not at noon. Does anyone know the name and has anyone eaten there?

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