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The New Deal Restaurant Adds Style To Burbank’s Magnolia Park

Since opening in August 2016, The New Deal restaurant has drawn a lot of interest with its stylish, 1930’s-themed vibe and menu of beers, burgers and malts. The New Deal does a lot of things right, but continues to lack consistency in execution.

We have eaten at The New Deal at least half a dozen times since August 2016. Each visit, something was off – either the service was mind-numbingly slow, one of the dishes served was not up to the standard of previous visits or the restaurant was out of one or more items on the menu.

One aspect that has dramatically improved since the opening is the service. For months, service was slow, non-attentive and frustrating. Recently though, we have had excellent, attentive service.

The New Deal’s All American burger in August 2016. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

But, the burgers were terrible on our last visit! It was shocking for a place at which we had enjoyed several terrific burgers in the past.

Although the burgers looked amazing, the patties used on the Blue Eagle and the All American burgers were well done instead of medium as ordered. The meat was dry and tasteless and basically ruined the overall effect of the bite, no matter the toppings. The Blue Eagle was not stuffed with gorgonzola cheese as indicated on the menu but topped with a few crumbles.

Blue Eagle Burger at The New Deal in Magnolia Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We had been impressed by the burgers from the first visit – we do hope this was a one-time blip. The All American and Roosevelt burgers have been excellent in previous meals.

This inconsistency in preparation and presentation  has happened before – we’ve had a delicious House Salad of butter lettuce, avocado, tomatoes and Green Goddess dressing one time, only to be served shredded romaine lettuce in the salad another time, with the avocado missing – basically the kitchen took a side salad and added the dressing to serve it as House Salad.

The New Deal made one of the best tomato soups we have ever tasted – once. The next time, the soup was overly spicy, and its accompanying Grilled Cheese Sandwich was dry and hard.

Tomato soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich at The New Deal. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We have also enjoyed The New Deal’s fantastic Brown Derby Cobb Salad – a fresh lettuce mix topped with hard-boiled egg, bacon, Roquefort cheese, tomato, avocado, chicken and a delicious French dressing.

Shakes and malts are consistently terrific – try the Creamsicle. Mini Milkshakes and The Teen Special (cheeseburger or hamburger, fries or chips and a mini milkshake) are perfect offerings for the younger set or lighter eaters.

The New Deal in Burbank’s fantastic Brown Derby Cobb Salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The fries have always come out from the kitchen perfectly crispy and warm. The Street Corn is very tasty, coated with mayo, cotija cheese and chili powder. The fried pickles and roasted carrots with burrata and pesto are delicious, too.

The New Deal offers a nice selection of wine and beer. But on every single occasion we’ve ordered a beer in the past six months, the restaurant has been out of at least one or two of the beers requested. They have been able to substitute with a delicious option, though.

The style of The New Deal is lovely, with old-fashioned looking utensils, salt & pepper shakers and a vintage decor. We appreciate the individuality of the place. Restrooms are clean and fun.

Street Corn at The New Deal in Magnolia Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Parking is available on the street. Usually, The New Deal is steadily busy at lunch and dinner and the restaurant does take reservations. Sometimes, the wait for a table can be a while because it’s a small place.

Magnolia Park, and Burbank in general, really needs more individual and unique restaurants and shops, and we are rooting for The New Deal to make it all work. Great concept, great menu of food and drinks… but consistency in service and the quality and presentation of the menu items is vital.

For the first time in myBurbank history, we have a restaurant that sits between two ratings. Because it does so many things well, yet really needs to pay attention to some important issues, The New Deal ranks between Could Use A Rewrite and On The Marquee.

Restaurant Info: The New Deal is located at 3501 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505. 818 861-7731. The New Deal is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 pm.

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)

Burger Review: The New Deal

A reader sent us in a Tweet a while back telling us about this new place on Magnolia Blvd. in Magnolia Park. (Yes, my editor sends me all the tweets and emails that you send in) The problem was that when we went by there, it was closed.  Well closed no longer is The New Deal and let me tell you, this is a bid deal.

The New Deal 3Magnolia Park has many little quaint shops but really has little in the way of places to eat, unless you want to stand in line at Porto’s. Urban Eats used to be located here but the menu just did not fit in with some.

The New Deal is not real large inside and only seats between 20 and 30 people, but has a relax atmosphere and has a great view of the outside with huge windows all around the corner. Great place to go to people watch.

I ordered the Roosevelt Burger which is described as a burger with sharp cheddar, avocado, butter lettuce and Russian tarragon sauce. The patties are advertised as free range and grass fed.  I was glad when asked how I wanted the burger cooked.

The New Deal 4When the burger came it look and smelled good. I know in the picture the lettuce looked overpowering but it was not.  I was surprised that there was bacon on the burger because I did not order it added and it was not in the burger description.  With that said, I was glad to have it and was nice, thick and freshly made as well as plentiful.

The burger came already assembled so I took a quick look inside. The Russian tarragon sauce was on the top bun, with both buns being toasted, but was not spread liberally or covering the entire bun. I was also worried that the patty was resting on the lower bun, which was incredibly fresh and soft.

Taking my first bite, the burger melted in my mouth. The patty had a great taste and the bacon also gave it incredible flavor.  I usually don’t order bacon on burgers because it is not usually made fresh and has an old taste. It really took a couple of bites before I even got more taste from the Russian tarragon sauce but once it kicked in, it was a great added flavor.

The New DealI was worried about the bottom bun falling apart but thank goodness it did not. (I hate killing burgers on reviews because of bottom buns) The flavor lasted all the way until the end. I hated to have actually finished it!

My only very small criticisms would be to put a condiment (maybe the lettuce?) between the patty and bottom bun to give the bottom bun more support and maybe increase the amount of cheddar cheese. There was times the cheese started to fade out after being overwhelmed by other flavors. Overall, this was a $12 burger and I thought was worth the price which I believe was fair and would not have trouble with paying it again.

Bottom line is that The New Deal is going to be a big deal in Magnolia Park. It is family run with the owners on site working.  They have some big plans ahead for the place which will only get batter with time.

The New Deal 2Side Notes: I Had some really great side dishes, The tomato soup is as good as you can find anywhere. It is thick, creamy and smooth. You also have to try the Fried Pickles, they are not like anything I have tried before There really a great appetizer. We also tried the House made Chips which were good but nothing special.  While I ordered and received the fries well done, they just did not work for me. It’s just a personal preference, but sometimes the fresh cut fries just don’t work well done.  Not the fault of the New Deal or the cook, just my preference. The burger came before we were done with appetizers and the chips never made it until after we had started eating the burgers.  I just chalk up to fact that as any new place, they just don’t have their timing down yet which is completely understandable and I know will improve with time. The only red flag is the fact that Cokes are served in the bottle which means no free refills. Each Coke is a new charge.  I will be back, however, to try some of the other menu items becuse their cook has a great touch with food.

The New Deal is located at 3501 W Magnolia Blvd. at the corner of Avon and Magnolia in Magnolia Park 818 861-7731. Open Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 9 pm

The New Deal 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)

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