FLASHBACK FRIDAY: “The Dip” – Burbank’s Famed Eatery of the Past


Once upon a time in Burbank there was an intersection known as “5 Points” or “5 Corners”. The intersection got its name from the fact that Victory Blvd, Burbank Blvd, Victory Place and West Victory all came together at this one point at the bottom of the Burbank Blvd Bridge.

The Icon of this intersection was a storied eatery called “The Dip”. Ask any vintage Burbanker and they will most likely have a story or two about The Dip. When we give one of our historical presentations all we have to do to get a rise out of the audience is put a picture of the Dip on the screen and there is an instant “OOOO and Ah! across the entire group, so strong are people’s memories of this place.

The location would be the corner of Burbank Blvd and Victory Place near the Costco gas station. The food here was great according to everyone who has ever eaten there! The owner there was also the cook and his sister waited the tables and well-liked by everyone.

My best friend and co-author Wes Clark would walk by here on his way home from Burbank High and get a shake for the trip everyday after school. He became friends with the owner/cook Paul Rosen and his sister Gail Ptack. The Dip was that rare combination of great service and great food!

So if you want to have a wonderful conversation with any long time Burbanker’s just bring up the dip!



From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!


Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

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