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Le French Rooster Hits A High Note With French Pastries, Sandwiches And More

Le French Rooster opened quietly a few months ago on Olive Avenue and in that time has built a dedicated fan base for their French pastries, breads, crepes, sandwiches and salads.

The sunny, small storefront serves mainly takeaway, but does have a standing bar for diners to eat, New York style. The owners have plans to add some chairs and perhaps even tables in the future, but there are no seats for sitting down at this time.

Savory buckwheat crepe with goat cheese, pesto and pine nuts topped with arugula, cherry tomatoes and a vinaigrette. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We’ve enjoyed Le French Rooster several times over the past month. The brioche rolls, both plain and those with a few pieces of large chocolate pieces, are so buttery and soft first thing in the morning when the shop opens up.

Le French Rooster also offers a nice selection of freshly baked pastries including a delectable Kouign Amann, both plain and with almonds and filled with almond paste, a brioche with streusel, Schneck Aux Raisins and choquettes, along with lemon meringue and raspberry tartlettes, Vanilla Choux, almond and pistachio financiers and Paris Brest, which is topped with slivered almonds and filled with a creme.

(clockwise from top left): Brioche Choco, Lemon Meringue Tartlette, Paris Brest and Raspberry Tartlette from Le French Rooster. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The bakery also serves vegetarian quiche, Quiche Lorraine, ham and cheese croissant and groundwork coffee, espresso, cappucino and cafe au laits. Cold soft drinks and water are also available.

After 11:00 a.m., a limited number of freshly made sandwiches are placed in the case and after 12:00 p.m. the kitchen will make sweet and savory crepes and a Croque Monsieur. The restaurant offers a salad of the day as well.

My favorite sandwich so far has been Le Pan Bagnat: tuna, egg, olives, green pepper, onion, tomato and baby lettuces piled in between the softest bread. We’ve also enjoyed L’Italien, with fresh mozzarella, tomato, arugula and pesto inside a crusty ciabatta roll. The Croque Monsieur was spectacular, with crispy cheese on the outside and ham and bechamel inside.

Vegetarian quiche made with eggs, heavy cream, spinach, leek and goat cheese in a pie-pastry crust is served with a side salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Le Biquette savory buckwheat crepe was also fabulous, filled with goat cheese, pesto and pine nuts and topped with arugula, cherry tomatoes and a vinaigrette.

Both quiches are flavorful and light and served with a side salad. The crust is flaky and tender. The vegetarian option is made with eggs, heavy cream, spinach, leek and goat cheese. The Quiche Lorraine is made with eggs, heavy cream, lardons, Swiss cheese and nutmeg.

Other sandwiches available include Le Nordique (smoked salmon, Le Boursin, cucumber, dill, capers and mixed greens) and Le Parisien (ham, gruyere cheese, butter and pickles.) They are on our to-try list.

Le Pan Bagnat is tuna, egg, olives, green pepper, onion, tomato and baby lettuces piled in between the softest bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We love the friendly and positive atmosphere of Le French Rooster and its owners, Alex and Cindy. Every time we’ve stopped in – morning, noon or late afternoon – the place has been bustling. Don’t wait til after 2:00 p.m. or your food choices will be limited, because Chef Alex only makes a certain number of pastries and sandwiches daily and when they’re sold out, they’re sold out for the day.

Le French Rooster earns a Tops In Town for excellent, fresh, flavorful food and friendly service. Parking is very easy on that part of Olive Avenue near Buena Vista Street.

Restaurant Info: Le French Rooster is located at 2221 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506. 818-859-7153. Le French Rooster is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

Le French Rooster 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)

Red Maple Cafe Makes A Mark In Burbank And Toluca Lake

Open for just over a year, Red Maple Cafe on the Toluca Lake and Burbank border has really come into its own. In recent months, the restaurant has developed an outside patio area and opened Corner Poke, an adjacent raw fish bowl shop for quick bites and takeaways.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Red Maple Cafe is also a great place to stop for a coffee or sweet treat. They have several kinds of gelato, including the yummy ube (purple yam), and a variety of Verve coffee and espresso drinks.

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Ube and vanilla gelato (left) and peanut butter cup gelato. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

On the weekends, the restaurant offers a brunch menu until 4:00 p.m. During the week, the wide range of breakfast items is available until 11:30 a.m.

My favorite item so far is the Chipotle Chicken sandwich. Not too spicy but with a nice kick, the sandwich is very tasty. Served on rosemary focaccia bread, the sandwich is a perfect combination of textures and flavors.

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Chipotle Chicken sandwich with a side of kale salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We also like the Chicken Tinga Tostadas. They are fairly hot and spicy – a nice, albeit messy, plate to share.

The poke bowl is a simple but healthy option for a meal, with more customizable bowls available in the Corner Poke shop.

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Chicken Tinga Tostadas at Red Maple Cafe. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Service is friendly and helpful and the bathroom is clean and well-maintained. The cafe is small, but their expansive and well-protected patio really adds a lot of charm and space to the restaurant.

For reliable, delicious food, treats and drinks, Red Maple Cafe is definitely On The Marquee. They’re a great option for eating out or takeaway, seven days a week.

Restaurant/Bar Info: Red Maple Cafe is located at 173 N. Maple Street, Burbank, CA 91505. (818) 230-2500. Red Maple Cafe is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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)

Aeirloom Bakery Serves Fantastic, Fresh Plates Daily

Aeirloom Bakery serves colorful, flavorful breakfasts and lunches seven days a week, from a cute corner spot on Riverside Drive. Fresh and tasty pastries and a wide range of coffees, teas and juices round out the large menu.

Aeirloom Bakery has been open for about four years in Toluca Lake, and there’s been some talk of the restaurant opening in the evening for dinner service. The cafe has become very popular for breakfast and brunch, particularly on the weekends.

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Aeirloom Bakery’s Waffleena, seved with chantilly cream and fresh berries. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We’ve enjoyed their French bistro approach to breakfast in particular, opting for salads tossed with light dressing on the side with our egg and sweet breads mains.

A particular favorite is Le Chocolate – french toast infused with orange zest and spices, in a light egg batter and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Fresh berries, banana and the most amazing organic chocolate hazelnut spread provides dimension.

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Le Chocolat, divine french toast, at Aeirloom Bakery.(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Other favorites include the poached Eggs Benedict special of the day and the omelets. Paired with salad or perfectly made rosemary potatoes, Aeirloom makes egg dishes light, fluffy and absolutely scrumptious.

One thing we really like about Aeirloom – the french toasts and waffles and chocolate spreads are mildly sweet, not overly sweet, or overly buttery, which is often the case at many other breakfast spots around town.

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Aeirloom Bakery’s Country Style omelet. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

There’s a large seating area inside and some tables outside but the restaurant can get pretty packed on the weekend. Bathrooms are clean. There is a small parking area in the back and street parking is fairly easy in this part of Toluca Lake. The servers are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

For delectable dishes, quality ingredients and a huge menu, Aeirloom Bakery receives a Tops In Town.

Restaurant Info: Aeirloom Bakery is located at 10550 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA 91602.
(818) 754-1955. Aeirloom Bakery is open Sunday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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)

Café de Olla Buzzes With Popular Breakfast Menu

On any given weekend morning, groups of people cluster around the entrance of Café de Olla on Victory Boulevard, waiting for a table. Breakfast time is very popular, and with good reason. The restaurant has a huge breakfast menu and uses a lot of fresh ingredients, for colorful, creative plates.

The interior is super cute and trendy and very small, seating maybe 40 at time. However, turnover is pretty quick and usually people only have to wait about 30 minutes to get a table.

The namesake coffee is lightly brewed and flavored with cinnamon and brown sugar. It is very sweet and worth a try if you like warm, sugary drinks with little caffeine.

However, the restaurant’s food in general can be a bit uneven. There are both good and not-so-good elements in just about every plate we tried.

Huevos Divociados at Café de Olla. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Huevos Divociados at Café de Olla. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

For example, the Huevos Divorciados, two perfectly-made over medium eggs – one with red salsa, one with green – divided by beans and rice. The salsas were out-of-this-world fantastic – each uniquely flavorful with the specific fire of a roasted red or green chile and nicely complex.

But the beans – and I requested frijoles de la olla – were nothing special and surprisingly bland. Frijoles de la olla should have flavors of onion, cilantro, garlic and maybe even bacon, not simply be boiled pintos from the pot. The rice was very buttery, which seemed a little rich for the plate.

Other breakfast dishes were mostly good. The veggie omelet was tasty, if slightly overcooked. The pancakes were a bit chewy, yet the scrambled eggs were perfect. And the breakfast burrito? Just okay but nothing special.

Veggie Omelet. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Veggie Omelet. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We tried chicken sopes, beef sopes and carne asada burrito for our second attempt at the restaurant.

The cardinal sin of sopes is serving tough sope tortillas. To add insult to injury, both the shredded beef (no asada options here) and chicken were extremely vinegary. The toppings were creative, with lettuce, pickled red onion, sour cream and cucumber, and could have provided a fresh twist. However, bitter cucumbers, combined with a clear, warm “salsa”  and the vinegary meat on a hard sope shell, made this plate a negative experience.

The asada burrito was pretty good. A firey red salsa served on the side perked up the burrito. The asada meat was good quality, not fatty. But the refried beans inside made it mushy and overly large. Wrapped loosely in the tortilla, it was a little unwieldy.

Café de Olla beef sope. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Café de Olla beef sope. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

So where does this leave our perception of Café de Olla? Very mixed.

Café  de Olla does a lot well. But in the final execution of the menu items we tried, the end result often didn’t bring it all together for a perfect bite.

The breakfast menu deservedly generates the most buzz at the restaurant, with something for everyone on the wide menu of egg dishes, pancakes, french toast and Mexican standards. Their dinner menu has a lot more from which to choose than just burritos and sopes, so we’ll have to give their mole, enchiladas and tacos a try next time.

Restaurant Info: Café de Olla is located at 2315 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA, 91506. 818-588-3684. Café de Olla is open Sunday through Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Café de Olla receives: Could Use A Rewrite

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)