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Basecamp Coffee & Eatery Has Breakfast And Lunch Covered

Open since December 2016, Basecamp Coffee & Eatery on Riverside Drive has established itself as a go-to spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch in Burbank. Offering lots of healthy options for food and drink, along with some indulgences, the coffee shop and cafe does brisk business every day of the week.

Also on the same small property and operating as the restaurant’s kitchen is the High Horse Dinette. The same menu is available to order at both Basecamp Coffee & Eatery and High Horse Dinette. Most people tend to order at Basecamp counter and when ready, the food is brought by runners from the Dinette.

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Quinoa Eggs Benedict at Basecamp is a hit. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

With an extensive beverage list including drip, cold brew, pour over and espresso coffees, juices and sodas, fresh cold pressed juices, kombucha, teas and shakes, Basecamp Coffee & Eatery is great for your drink fix throughout the day.

Open early at 7:00 a.m., Basecamp offers a huge breakfast menu of omelets, sandwiches, pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, quiche and more. Yes, you can get your poached egg here and avocado toast. There’s also a nice selection of fresh baked pastries from which to choose.

We’ve enjoyed Basecamp’s Breakfast Burrito, which offers a nice combination of scrambled eggs with green onion, cheddar cheese, choice of meat, pico de gallo and potatoes.

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Basecamp’s Breakfast Burrito is a winner. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Quinoa Eggs Benedict was a big hit, with two perfectly poached eggs perched on top of steamed spinach and quinoa patties and topped with avocado basil sauce.

Basecamp Coffee & Eatery also has a varied lunch menu. The decadent Morgan Burger with sauteed mushrooms and onion, bacon, avocado, organic greens, jack cheese and garlic aioli is delicious. Pair it with a healthy salad or fruit, or go for the cole slaw, shoestring fries or onion rings.

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The Morgan Burger at Basecamp Coffee & Eatery in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We also enjoyed the light Veggie Wrap. Filled with quinoa, hummus, organic greens, roasted red bell pepper, mozzarella, asparagus, tomato, avocado and a garlic aioli, the wrap was filling but not overly heavy.

Bathrooms are clean and the restaurant has an eclectic and fun decor. There are plenty of seats inside and out – lots of bar stool seating and a few tables inside and several picnic tables outside. Some parking is available on the property.

Basecamp’s Veggie Wrap. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

For a fresh, exciting menu and a great vibe, Basecamp Coffee & Eatery is Tops In Town. The full menu is available all day. The place can get busy, but service is friendly and fast.

Restaurant Info: Basecamp Coffee & Eatery is located at 1221 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA, 91506. 747-477-1135 and is open Sunday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Basecamp Coffee & Eatery receives: Tops In Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

Pablito’s Kitchen Serves Excellent Peruvian Food With An Asian Twist

Since opening in the fall of 2016, Pablito’s Kitchen has worked hard to make the transition from popular food truck to brick-and-mortar restaurant. The kitchen serves Peruvian classics with an Asian twist, focusing the menu on grilled steak, rotisserie chicken and fresh fish.

Although we have been die-hard fans of Mario’s Peruvian in Hollywood for over 20 years, excellent Lomo Saltados are not easy to come by. Choza Mama, when it was open in Burbank, was just okay.

Pablito’s Kitchen takes the saltado and puts its own unique spin on the dish. They make a standard saltado – filled with rich flavors – with grilled steak/chicken/tofu/pork/seafood, fries, onions and rice, ranging in price from $13.99 to $16.99.

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Pablito’s Kitchen in Burbank serves up the Lomo a lo Pobre saltado with yuca, egg and plantains. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

And then there’s the $19.99 Lomo a lo Pobre, a steak (“lomo”) saltado with fries, Yuca a la Huancaina, plantains, fried egg and white rice. It’s a huge plate that is easily shared by two.

The steak is grilled to perfection – charred on the outside yet still medium in the center, juicy and tender – with long-lasting flavor. Plantains are perfectly made: sweet, carmelized and crunchy on the outside. The egg comes a tiny bit runny and mixes nicely with the rice and steak. The fries soaked in the juice are a favorite taste.

The Yuca a la Huancaina is fantastic. Mild, thick yuca pieces are lightly fried and served with the spicy, creamy yellow huancaina sauce. Delicious.

Pablito’s Kitchen offers five kinds of ceviche and they are large enough to be a meal for one. We’re more used to ceviche as a smaller plate, to eat alongside a taco or sope. Pablito’s ceviche is a thing of beauty.

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Ceviche Clasico at Pablito’s Kitchen – citrusy fresh fluke is complemented by boiled and roasted Peruvian corn, sweet potato and red onion. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We enjoyed the Ceviche Clasico. For $14.99, we received a huge amount of marinated fluke, served with the large-grained peruvian corn made two ways – boiled and roasted. Instead of a tostada, the Peruvian corn provided the crunch and the accompaniment for the very citrusy fish. Soft sweet potatoes, red onion, fresh seaweed and sweet peppers make the plate pop.

The Pollo a la Brasa sandwich is pretty filling for $7.99. Served on a roll that’s both crusty on the outside and soft inside, the sandwich piles some of the best rotisserie chicken we’ve ever had on top of lettuce and tomato.

Topped with an aji mayo that’s mustardy and a little spicy, the sandwich is perfection. Pour on a little of the Peruvian aji verde – the creamy green sauce with heat from aji chiles – to take that next bite to another level.

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The spectacular Pollo a la Brasa sandwich at Pablito’s Kitchen in Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Some have commented on the higher price point of the items on Pablito’s menu. But, when you look at the amount of food and the quality of the meat or fish, the higher price makes sense. Maybe offering a half portion of ceviche might be a way to get more items on the menu under $10.

We also tried the Alfajores – a small sandwich-style cookie filled with dulce de leche/caramel-type filling and rolled in powdered sugar. Four tiny cookies are $5 and taste best when allowed to warm up to room temperature.

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Alfajores at Pablito’s Kitchen. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

There’s so much more on the menu we haven’t been able to try yet – loaded fries, sandwiches, amazing soups, pasta and fried rice dishes. We will be back again and again, to eat at the restaurant and for take out.

The colorful and vibrant food at Pablito’s Kitchen is matched by the festive, bright dining room and the infectious Argentinian music. The bathrooms, while clean, are still in the process of finishing work. Some parking is available in the lot to the west of the restaurant and on the street.

For fresh, high quality food and an exciting, large menu, Pablito’s Kitchen receives at Tops in Town.

Restaurant Info: Pablito’s Kitchen is located at 3803 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505.
818-859-7755. Pablito’s Kitchen is open Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

Sweetsalt Delights With Light, Fresh Fare

Along Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake lay a concentration of excellent and varied restaurants, many with an attention to fresh and healthy ingredients, including Sweetsalt. Open for several years now, the restaurant consistently turns out delightful meals with a creative flair.

We have mainly enjoyed breakfast and lunch at Sweetsalt over the years. The daytime menu is served from opening until 5:00 p.m., although some breakfast items are only offered until 11:00 a.m. weekdays.

Truffled Eggs Sandwich at Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Truffled Eggs Sandwich at Sweetsalt in Toluca Lake. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Salads and sandwiches are the mainstay of the daytime menu. We’ve enjoyed the Fig & Bleu, the Curry Cauliflower and Strawberry Bacon salads along with the Shrimp Po’ Boy, the Steak & Brie sandwich and Avocado BLT. The Brussels Sprouts and Kale Tacos look interesting, and are on our to-try list.

With highly-customizable salads and sandwiches, we always find something to suit our craving here.

Breakfast and lunch sandwiches are served with a light mixed greens salad tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette, a tasty and refreshing complement to the main.

Sweetsalt's Micro-Greens Omelet. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sweetsalt’s Micro-Greens Omelet. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

For the traditionalists out there, the Egg Hash is delicious and hearty concoction of eggs, potatoes, meat, cheese, onions and peppers, with a side of toast.

After 5:00 p.m., the dinner menu offers pasta, steak, chicken and fish entrees, along with sandwiches, burgers, robust salads and a variety of sides and small plates.

Egg Hash provides the meat and potatoes with eggs and cheese. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Egg Hash provides the meat and potatoes with eggs and cheese. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sweetsalt also has fresh pastries and bakery items daily, along with delicious coffees, teas and flavored sodas.

Diners grab a menu and order at the counter and find a place to sit, inside the spacious dining area or outside at community tables. Servers bring out the food when ready.

For the best expression of the new fast casual-style restaurant, Sweetsalt rates a Tops In Town. Its amazing array of creative, colorful and healthy food is both exciting and enjoyable.

Restaurant Info: Sweetsalt is located at 10218 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602. 818-509-7790. Sweetsalt is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sweetsalt receives: Tops In Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

Honeybaked Serves Up Delicious Lunches & A Twist On The Reuben

The Honeybaked Ham shop on Riverside Dr. may be known more for their mouth-watering, prepared hams, ribs and turkeys, but their Grill is something to write home about, too. I have eaten here at times over the past few years, but my most recent visit stands out for one of the most memorable Reubens ever. The Reuben is my most favorite deli sandwich – I have fond memories of these sensory-overloaded sandwiches at Chuck’s on M Street in Syracuse, NY, and at the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City. While Los Angeles delis Canter’s, Jerry’s and Nate and Al’s make a decidedly delicious standard Reuben, Honeybaked has eclipsed them all with a California twist.

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Pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and avocado make this Reuben a California keeper. Add a side of red potato salad, and we are done here. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Take some fresh rye bread and pile pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and avocado in between the slices. Forget about the drippy Thousand Island dressing (typically included in a Reuben, but this is California – use avocado instead.) Grill that sandwich in butter and serve it up with red potato salad. Voila – a less messy and possibly even more delicious sandwich is created.

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Didn’t get enough turkey and cranberry at Thanksgiving? Honeybaked Grill has you covered. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Honeybaked has taken on the Papoo’s menu since the erstwhile-named Hot Dog Show closed down in 2011. They also hired two of Papoo’s servers and their cook and expanded the menu, adding burritos. salads and more veggie dishes. While Papoo’s specialty was the hot dog, Honeybaked’s is ham, so many items are built around ham. The highly-customizable menu’s emphasis is on healthy home-cooking and offers several vegetarian and lighter options on standard grill fare. Deli salads and sliced lunch meats to go are also available.

At a recent Honeybaked Grill lunch with friends, we also ordered a turkey plate, for someone who did not get enough of the good stuff at Thanksgiving. A large portion of turkey (choose dark or light meat or both), plus mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and a side of cooked cranberry sauce can be yours for $10. Also on the bill, a cheeseburger served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and avocado on a fresh sesame bun. The patty was handmade from freshly ground beef for maximum flavor. Onion rings and fries rounded out the meal and can be served with blue cheese, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise or ketchup, as you like.

Photo By Lisa Paredes

Honeybaked’s hand made burger patty served with fresh veggies and a sesame bun. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Photo By Lisa Paredes

Photo By Lisa Paredes

Honeybaked has stepped up a notch in my book, from solidly good to reliably delicious… before I proclaim this terrific restaurant with plenty of table space and a quick to-go turnover time to be the Tops, I need to return a few times to try other items on the menu. So, top-billing On The Marquee it is for right now. My friends tell me breakfast is awesome, but I need to taste it myself to believe.

Clean bathrooms, friendly servers and parking in the lot out back make this Toluca Lake/Burbank restaurant a haven for lunchtime in the city. Honeybaked also delivers lunch between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Let’s not forget those deliciously prepared meats for holiday feasts, with a fast-moving line for pickup, and catering. During the week before Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the Grill shuts down to facilitate pickup of its renowned hams and turkeys, so make sure to confirm Grill hours with the shop around those holidays.

A few times a year, I stop by the shop to pick up mustards and the lentils/bean soup mix for use at home. While I’ve looked at Honeybaked more as a home cook help in the past, I am very impressed by their Grill menu and the quality of their lunchtime offerings. The Honeybaked Grill reopens for breakfast and lunch on Friday, December 27, after being closed for Christmas. See you soon, Honeybaked!

Restaurant Info: Honeybaked is located at 10106 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA  91602. 818-766-3958. Open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Honeybaked receives: On The Marquee

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Roadkill)

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Photo By Lisa Paredes

Photo By Lisa Paredes

Photo By Lisa Paredes