So I was bemoaning that my new job, located in the industrial grade portion of Burbank, was sadly sitting in a wasteland of souless replications of good chow. I decided to look closer in corners and small avenues, where life could be shielded still persist, and as a result, found these two robust, hardy, clamoring species that are here to stay:
Giamela's - on Victory and Magnolia, is a dinky submarine sandwich shop with fantastic philly steak and cheese, hot pastrami and Italian cold cuts subs. They'll take your selection and topple it with loads of tomatoes, onions, and pickles, and then throw in a fork (being realistic). Terribly cheap at less than $5 for a small sub and drink (plenty for most) or a little more for the biggy sized sub.
Smokin' Jacks - They're actually an autoshop - something like Acme Auto - but no lie, this is serious barbeque. I just had a combo barbeque sandwich packed with brisket on one side and pork shoulder on the other. The meats are tender and smoky, and the barbeque sauce is emboldened with a draught of whisky. Definitely for carnivores wearing work boots. There's a side of cold smoked beans, my first but hell-if-I-can-help-it not my last, says the not-so-big-on-beans eater. These were really savory with pieces of tasty sausage. The chili is a super-chunky stew where the flavors of the hunks of brisket, celery and onions come out and um, have a rodeo. Smokin' Jacks is at 818.842.1519, 738 N. Victory Blvd. Open limited hours Tues - Fri, for breakfast from 7:30 - 10:30 am, and lunch from 11:30am - 2:00 pm