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Mini Food Crawl of Glendale - Elena's, Taron Bakery, Porto's

Dave MP | Apr 1, 2014 09:51 AM

Yesterday I had the chance to visit Glendale. I had never been there before.

We started out with lunch at Elena's Greek Armenian Restaurant, which I read about on Chowhound. Two of us shared a combo meal of Lulu and Shish Kebabs, which came with rice (very nice pilaf), grilled tomato and pepper. It also included a cup of lentil soup (light, with lots of lemon and oregano). We also had an order of falafel and hummus. Pickled cabbage was free. Pita was fresh but not served warm. Overlall, I thought this place was a great value and the service was friendly. I thought everything was a tad too salty, though. But I'd certainly go back, especially for the luu kebabs which were great.

Next we walked down to Taron Bakery. We bought two spinach boreks (I didn't love the dough on these, but they were still decent. Filling was with tomato and spinach and was somewhat sour and oily, but in a good way). Also bought one lahmajun (priced now at $1) and it was awesome. Thin, crispy dough with a light savory topping. Best version I've had of this in the United States.

Finally, before driving back to SF, we loaded up on pastries at Porto's. We sampled guava/cheese, guava, and coconut pasteles, plus some cheese rolls. I liked the plain guava pastry the best—light and flaky crust, sweet filling. These are also ridiculously cheap ($0.75 per pastry).

Elena's Greek Armenian
1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 241-5730

Taron Bakery
1117 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 553-1883

Porto's Bakery
315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 956-5996

Photos are all from Elena's

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