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Restaurants & Bars

There ARE good restaurants in Burbank!

RaeRenee | Dec 22, 200709:31 AM     59

So I know there's already a thread that is mostly on this -- http://www.chowhound.com/topics/55109 -- but the title makes it look like food in Burbank is terrible, and the thread was started back in 2003. Considering we're mere days away from 2008, I figure it's time for a NEW thread.

Having moved out to Burbank recently, I have found a *plethora* of fantastic restaurants in the Burbank area, and I was wondering if anyone else knows of any others.

Here are the restaurants in Burbank that I think are CH-worthy:

Sushi Nishi-ya on Western and Victory - Amazing omakase style sushi.Technically, this may be in Glendale, but it's spitting distance from Burbank and less than 3 minutes from my apartment in Burbank, so I think it counts.

Granville Gourmet Cafe on San Fernando - Organic upscale casual American bistro-type food. Always delicious.

The Tallyrand on Olive - Best biscuits w/ sausage and gravy that this southern girl has been able to find in the LA area. It's only available on Sunday mornings, but it's damn good. For an every-day - their pancakes are delicious. I honestly have never had a bad breakfast there, and it's the Burbank Best Breakfast winner for at least 2 years in a row now.

Theresa's Family Restaurant - One street up from the Tally Rand on Olive at Sparks, where Wok of Fame used to be - Great multigrain pancakes with apples and walnuts baked into them. This place just opened last month, so I haven't gotten to try much else, but I wasn't disappointed with my breakfast.

India's Tandoori on San Fernando - Incredibly delicious lamb saag and chicken tikka masala, lovely garlic naan. Haven't tried much else there, but I've never been disappointed.

Exotic Thai on San Fernando - While it looks like a strip-club from the outside at night, the food is fantastic. Well spiced, nice decor on the inside (as opposed to the way it looks on the outside), and attentive wait-staff who are willing to make recommendations.

BJ's Brewhouse on First - Yes, I know it's a chain, but it's a great place for people who are on a budget to get yummy food. I've never tried the steak, but their salads, sandwiches, soups, and pizzas have never disappointed. Keep in mind, though - while they SAY Chicago-style pizza - what they MEAN is "deep dish". My b/f is from Chicago, and he was very disappointed that it wasn't real Chicago-style pizza. For THAT you have to go to...

Taste Chicago on Verdugo and Hollywood Way - and you have to get the Deep Dish pizza to actually have Chicago-style pizza. Their thin crust is *not* the Chiacgo-style thin crust that my b/f loves so well. For anything close to Chicago-style thin crust, you have to go to Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock.

Willie's Fish & Chips inside the liquor store at the corner of Alameda and Victory. I never would have tried this place if not for the CH board post here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334635 - Das Ubergeek was 100% correct - some of the best fish and chips I've ever had for under $10.

Osaka on Alameda - Very yummy udon and BBQ meats - especially the beef, in my experience, though others are fond of the chicken. They actually serve it in a way that looks kind of like fajitas. You can ask for it to be extra spicy - I totally recommend it. Adam likes their Tonkatsu, but I think it tends to be a bit overcooked. I also have tried a lot of their sushi, and they tend to cut it very thick - the chef will cut small if you request and give you the same portion. Their tuna is always good, but I'm not a huge fan of their California roll. Since I essentially live on the other side of the street (over on Main), I tend to eat there an awful lot.

Sushi Dake on Verdugo and Olive is much better sushi if you're going for better quality than Osaka and can't afford Sushi Nishi-ya.

Porto's Bakery on Magnolia - fantastic Cuban sandwiches and delicious baked goods!

Cafe Mambos - speaking of Cuban - also at Western and Victory (across from Sushi Nishi-ya)

Choza Mama on Olive is okay... not awesome, but not awful for Peruvian food.

There's a Tommy's burgers on San Fernando too.

That's about all I can think of. I'm still looking for good Chinese out here -but I think that may be a losing battle. Can't have it all in one place, right? *smile*

What other Burbank places do you like?

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Taste Chicago
603 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

Porto's Bakery
3614 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Granville Cafe
121 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

Nishi-Ya
1712 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

Talleyrand Restaurant
1700 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA

Theresa's Family Restaurant
1520 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA, Burbank, CA 91506

India's Tandoori
142 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA

Exotic Thai
1212 N San Fernando Blvd Ste D, Burbank, CA 91504

B J's Restaurant & Brewhouse
107 S 1st St, Burbank, CA

Alameda Liquor
929 S Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA

Osaka Teriyaki & BBQ House
1009 W Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Sushi Dake
1722 W Verdugo Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Mambo's Cafe
1701 Victory Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

Choza Mama Restaurant
3121 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

Tommy's Burgers
1310 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91504

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