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Toluca Lake/Burbank/North Hollywood joints

kevin | Jan 24, 200606:44 PM

These areas seem to sort of meld into one another so I'm not always sure which joint is in which place, but was out there the other day and past a bunch of joints, anyone have any words on them that would be great.

First off:

Porto's Bakery on Magnolia and Hollywood Way, it looks like it's a new location of the orignial in Glendale (is that right?) and what's more this place was packed, just dropped in to pick-up a menu and didn 't actually get the chance to try it. Is it supposed to be a Cuban-inspired bakery?

Joe's Bar and Grill also on Magnolia, I think, it looks like it might just be the kind of bar to get a good beer and a burger, but then again I could be completely off base. Is it any good?

Jack's Classic Old Fashioned Burgers, located where Riverside Dr. sort of bends into Tujunga, strange intersection, but this a basic fast-food shack. But it could have decent burgers ( a la Big Jo's). But who knows? I don't

Mardi gras - any good.

oh, and at the fast-food version of Sasabune on Riverside and Laurel Canyon, I had a great iced sweetened green tea, good stuff, and when I tried the fast-food sushi a few months back it was pretty good, so people that like Sushi Sasabune on Wilshire, now there's a new take out fast-food version serving the same type of stuff almost at this tiny joint, with a few tables, and no counter or sushi chefs upfront. looks more like a cookie-cutter amerizcanized chinese takeout joint.

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