A new place, Bistro Verdu, just opened this week (or perhaps last week) on N.Verdugo just south of Montrose Shopping Park in the Montrose area of North Glendale (known locally as Sparr Heights). It's quite close to La Canada and La Crescenta as well. Hounds will know the area because this is about a block north of La Cabanita and about two blocks south of Zekes Smokehouse.
I just popped in for a late lunch, but the white bean and tomatoe soup was excellent. Savory with homemade navy beans and large tomatoe chunks, it was redolent of bacon and fresh black pepper. Nicely done.
The menu, lunch and dinner, both look good, with lunch focusing on interesting salads and sandwiches/panini, plus daily specials (yesterday was salmon and lentils, with creme fraiche), and dinner focused on small plates and more traditional bistro entrees. Pricing seems reasonable, with sandwichs/salads/small plates mostly $6-$9 and dinner entrees $12-$16. Until ABC gives them a license, they are byob (shhh - no need to spoil a good thing).
The interior has been nicely redone and once inside makes you forget the street location. Michael Reese, the owner, was a chef at a Westside restaurant, but I haven't yet learned which one. This space has been a bad karma fest for a series of lame restaurants, but Bistro Verdu seems to offer hope and fills an extreme void in the local area for anything in the Bistro vein.
I intend to return to sample further and I encourage all Hounds in the area to check out Bistro Verdu. Vote with your wallet and support good food.