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Lily's in Burbank

Windy | May 14, 200411:21 PM

I was in town from San Francisco for a few days in Burbank. My business partner complained we'd be condemned to Starbucks and IKEA meatballs, but we had two super lunches at Lily's on E. Magnolia near 3rd. I did a quick search on the board and didn't see a writeup.

Lily's is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch. It's tiny, so many customers take out, and everything is made to order. Apparently they do catering as well.

Sandwiches are huge and delicious. Grilled vegetables with feta cheese, a perfect tuna salad with alfalfa sprouts on olive bread, salmon and cream cheese on ciabatta.

Three soups are offered every day. I thought the turkey chili was flavorful, but the carrot soup was plain. A combination of a bowl of soup and "half" (read "as big as your head") sandwich costs $5.95.

Housemade iced tea with oranges and mint is addictive and generously refilled. Desserts were a treat later in the afternoon; I had a great berry pie with a crumble top. Carrot cake was huge, but I wished the icing was tangier.

Lily accommodated all special requests (turkey on that grilled vegetable?) and seems to know most of her customers. I can see why they're all regulars.

If you're in the Bay Area and looking for a similar quality lunch, I'd recommend a visit to Desiree in the Presidio (higher prices but superb sandwiches, soups, and cookies by Annie Gingrass) or Juicy Lucy in North Beach.

Link: http://www.lilyscafe.com/pages/1/inde...

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