Category Archives: Burbank

Oreo Pancakes!!!

Burbank is rife with coffee shops, yet somehow good food manages to elude them. At least Frank’s makes real milkshakes from real ice cream, but I’m still pissed off that the attached motel tore down the zigzag Googie roof. And … Continue reading

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Pizza Fries!!!!

Unbeknownst to many Angelenos, the East coast has been holding out on us. Philly, Jersey and New York all enjoy the wonder of Pizza Fries. Why didn’t we think of it? It seems so obvious now. I have hunted for … Continue reading

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Tonys Darts away

When friends come to visit my Magnolia Park neighborhood, they sometimes ask where my “local” is. I’m left blank, because we don’t have a local here like we did in Los Feliz. Other than Tinhorn Flats and the standing bar … Continue reading

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Rocket Fizz

Last summer a riot of neon notified Burbank that there was a new store in town and it was all about fun! Rocket Fizz is here to bring back the candy and sodas of childhood, as well as hard-to-find local … Continue reading

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The Monster Dog vs. the Colossal Burger

Papoo’s Hot Dog Show is often overshadowed by the popular and iconic Bob’s Big Boy across the street in Toluca Lake. And to be honest, well, Hot Dog Show is kind of weird. Decorated like an old-fashioned ice cream parlour … Continue reading

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Ciao Cristina! Hello Fantastic Pizza!

There are certain signs that you can recognize as harbingers of great Italian food. Men greeting each other with hugs upon entering Ciao Cristina was a very good sign, as was the lyrical sound of Italian being spoken by nearby … Continue reading

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Krust: Kranky, Kantankerous and Krude

Written with Lindsay Williams-Ross We consider our restaurant reviews to be recommendations, not critiques. We only slam a place when our hand is forced. There are just some people who should not go into any industry where dealing with the … Continue reading

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The Teacake Wars

This story begins with the graveyard shift. The Coral Cafe on Magnolia is the only place in Burbank that delivers at 3am. I have eaten their mediocre food on many a desperate occasion. And I always thought it was strange … Continue reading

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The Glory That is Burbank: Tony’s Bella Vista

Tony’s Bella Vista is Burbank’s go-to place for birthday parties, baseball teams, and teenage dates. In the same location since 1965, Tony’s has only changed hands once, in the 80s, and the original recipes were kept. Plus, the new owners … Continue reading

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The Glory That is Burbank: Porto’s

6. EVERYBODY LOVES PORTO’S!! True, Porto’s has been a Glendale institution for over 35 years, but last year saw the grand opening of its Burbank location. And we greeted them with open arms! The Portos family began their tradition of … Continue reading

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The Glory That is Burbank: Doughnut Hut

5. DOUGHNUT HUTFor years my friends have been urging me to visit the Doughnut Hut. It is apparantly some kind of mecca for cinnamon roll affecianados. I managed to resist the urge, because I do avoid doughnuts unless they suddenly … Continue reading

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The Glory That is Burbank: The Boot Car

4. The Boot Car Need I say more? The boot car can be found parked on the South side of Verdugo, behind the strip mall between Hollywood Way and Pass Ave. Share on Facebook

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The Glory That is Burbank: Wienerschnitzel

3. Our Wienerschnitzel sells beer. The Wienerschnitzel that stands kitty-corner from NBC studios, where they film the Tonight Show sells Budweiser/Michelob on tap starting at 7am. Maybe if Johnny Carson had known that he would not have been so snarky. … Continue reading

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The Glory That is Burbank: Googie

During the 50s and 60s, America fell in love with the space age. A cartoonishly futuristic style of architecture know as “googie” started springing up in response. Famous examples of googie architecture are the Space Needle in Seattle, the Capitol … Continue reading

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Ode to the Glory that is Burbank: Bob’s

I know Burbank has gotten its share of grief, from everyone from the late Johnny Carson to yours truly. Burbank’s “downtown” area is one big mess of chain everything. The remainder of Burbank is a quiet wasteland of well-tended front … Continue reading

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