Fresh Ideas For A Burbank Lunch On The Lighter Side

By On April 30, 2014

We’ve all been there. Just an hour for your Burbank lunch and you want something fresh, something healthy, maybe a salad or lighter meal. Where can you get in and out in under an hour and also include some vegetables in your diet?!

Salmon sandwich with a fresh side salad at Urban Eats. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Salmon sandwich with a fresh side salad at Urban Eats. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Urban Eats is known for its customizable salads and fresh menu. Never fear, you can get a beer or a fried chicken sandwich here, too. The salmon sandwich is so very good.

The wild-caught fish is flavorful and prepared perfectly. Served inside a gently pressed panini roll and accompanied by a light side salad with yummy house dressing, this sandwich is amazing.

The Canyon Grille's veggie wrap mixes colorful vegetables and cheese.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Canyon Grille’s Veggie Wrap mixes colorful vegetables and cheese. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The recently revamped menu at DeBell Golf’s The Canyon Grille has some excellent new options. For the veggie lover, the Veggie Wrap combines a bunch of colorful vegetables like avocado, peppers, cucumber and tomato with mixed greens and jack cheese in a giant tortilla wrap.

For some red meat at lunch, try The Canyon Grille’s Carne Asada Torta, which layers grilled meat with salsa, chipotle mayo and freshly made guacamole. Served on airy focaccia bread, the sandwich is absolutely delicious. Fresh french fries or a side salad complete the plate.

DeBell’s Canyon Grille boasts a gorgeous view and restful, casual vibe. It’s great for a lunch away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the office.

The carne asada torta provides a party of flavors inside a light focaccia bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Carne Asada Torta provides a party of flavors inside a light focaccia bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Getting enough tasty vegetables can be a challenge, but the Chop Stop has it covered. Serving custom salads either chopped and mixed, in a wrap or on top of beans and rice provides a variety of enjoyable ways to get one’s daily requirement of veggies.

Chop Stop's Choppurito Classic bowl.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chop Stop’s Choppurito Classic bowl. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Choose from popular favorites on the menu or come up with your own concoction. Chop Stop makes each salad, wrap or bowl fresh to order. The place can get very busy at lunchtime and there aren’t a lot of tables inside or out, so many people get their lunch to go.

The Chop Stop is our go-to place for a fast, healthy salad. We add meat and beans or rice for a heartier lunch.

Chop Stop's Cilantro Onion bowl combines chicken and lots of flavor.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Chop Stop’s Cilantro Onion bowl combines chicken and lots of flavor. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Back in Magnolia Park, Romancing the Bean has a variety of creative and colorful salads and sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd. Recent favorites include the Salad Nicoise, the kale and Brussels sprouts salad and the cold chicken curry sandwich.

Salad Nicoise at Romancing the Bean is always fresh. This one substitutes avocado for green beans.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Salad Nicoise at Romancing the Bean is always fresh. This one substitutes avocado for green beans. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Fresh ingredients and edible flowers always brighten up Romancing the Bean’s salads. Many people add some chicken to the raw kale and Brussels sprouts salad for a heartier lunch.

The kale and Brussels sprouts salad at Romancing the Bean is chock full of healthiness.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The kale and Brussels sprouts salad at Romancing the Bean is chock full of healthiness. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The cold chicken curry sandwich on a multi-grain bread has been another popular favorite at the Magnolia Park coffee shop for quite a while now. Served with a side salad of mixed greens and a light vinaigrette, it’s another healthy option for lunch.

Cold chicken curry sandwich on rustic multi-grain bread is a mouthful of amazing tastes.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Cold chicken curry sandwich on rustic multi-grain bread is a mouthful of amazing tastes. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

However, sometimes we really need to have some fries and beer at lunch. One way to feel better about that choice is to get veggie or no-meat fare along with the fries and beer.

And for that, Tony’s Darts Away is an excellent choice for vegan and vegetarian sandwiches and salads. They make a delicious Golden State salad with yellow beets, goat cheese, pepitas and organic greens, topped with a light vinaigrette.

Golden State salad, with yellow beets, goat cheese and nuts, compensates for the fries and beer.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Golden State salad, with yellow beets, goat cheese and nuts, compensates for the fries and beer. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Throw in some great tunes and the choice of interior bar or outside patio ambiance, and lunch at Tony’s suddenly becomes a party for a few minutes until it’s time to get back to work.

In Burbank, we are lucky to have so many options for healthy and light lunches. We welcome readers to share some of their favorites dishes and restaurants with us in the comment section or via email. Maybe we’ll highlight your favorite lunch next.

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