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Hungry Crowd’s Creative, Fresh Plates Please All Palates

Recently open in Toluca Lake, Hungry Crowd is a stylish, relaxed restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner. With a fusion approach, the chef has added a twist to some dishes, while also focusing on tried and true comfort food.

The brunch menu offers some delicious choices, including the French Toast, Steak and Egg, Burrito, Yogurt Parfait and Ranch Egg. The lunch and dinner menus include small plates like Mac and Cheese, main entrees of steak, chicken and pasta, hearty salads, mouth-watering tacos and a nice selection of craft-beer and wine.

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Hungry Crowd’s excellent Ranch Egg (Huevos Rancheros). (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Ranch Egg is a more refined Huevos Rancheros. Moderately spicy pinto beans are placed on two just-crispy-enough corn tortillas and topped with chorizo, two sunny side up eggs, queso fresco, salsa verde and sour cream. It’s absolute perfection and not too heavy.

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Yogurt Parfait with fresh kitchen made strawberry yogurt and mango. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Perhaps the favorite brunch menu item is the French Toast. Topped with green tea cream and fresh fruit, the toast is eggy and perfectly crispy and airy and makes for one delicious bite.

We’ve also tried out the Kimchi Fried Rice, which is mildly spicy and made with fluffy fried rice. Not greasy at all, the cast iron dish comes out super hot and really is too much for one person.

The kimchi cabbage is moist and bits of beef are flavorful. The sunny side up egg on top adds a creaminess to the dish. It’s a lovely combination of textures and flavors.

While we haven’t had a chance to explore more of their menu, we will be back to delve into the healthy-looking salads, fragrant tacos and appealing entrees and sides.

We like that their plates aren’t huge. Prices are fair, for the obvious care and quality ingredients that go into each dish.

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Kimchi Fried Rice (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Hungry Crowd deserves a Tops In Town, for providing excellent food, friendly service and a really large menu. While it’s more of a lunch and dinner spot, but if you don’t feel like standing in line on a Sunday morning for brunch in Burbank, Hungry Crowd is a great alternative.

Restaurant Info: Hungry Crowd is located at 10140 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA 91602. 818-853-7858. Hungry Crowd is open Tuesday through Thursday for lunch 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday for lunch 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hungry Crowd 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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French Toast with green tea whipped cream and fresh fruit at Hungry Crowd. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

 

Gangadin Indian Cuisine Serves The Best Curries And Breads In Los Angeles

Gangadin Indian Cuisine continues to make amazing curries and delectable breads as it logs more than 25 years in the same space on Ventura Place, just minutes from Burbank’s western border. We have eaten from so many Indian restaurants throughout the area over the years, and still, Gangadin remains, unequivocally, the best Indian restaurant in Los Angeles for all palates.

I have never had a better Korma curry sauce than at Gangadin. Their curries are thick and hearty, full of flavor and sass. Even the mild versions of curry have substance and heart. Never watery, Gangadin’s curries are a class all their own.

(clockwise from left) Garlic Naan, Shrimp Korma, Rice pilaf, Chicken Tikka Masala, Veggie Pakora and Spinach and Paneer Parantha from Gangadin Indian Cuisine provide a feast. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(clockwise from left) Garlic Naan, Shrimp Korma, Rice Pilaf, Chicken Tikka Masala, Veggie Pakora and Spinach and Paneer Parantha from Gangadin Indian Cuisine provide a feast. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

My favorite, the Shrimp Korma (medium plus, if you must know), is a burst of texture and flavor not experienced in other dishes. Complete with the occasional cashew and golden raisin, the tumeric-laden, bright yellow sauce is rich and satisfying. It also becomes my cherished leftover-breakfast-after-dinner the night before.

The crowd-pleasing Chicken Tikka Masala is a family-wide favored dish, too. We usually order two preparations, mild (for the little ones) and medium, for the older crowd. The creamy red curry also heats up well for leftovers.

Gangadin Indian Cuisine shines with its breads. In the past, owner Manmeet Singh Sahni has taken the children and visiting guests back to the kitchens to see exactly how the tandoori oven breads are made. Each order is freshly prepared and baked, resulting in airy, crispy, seasoned pieces of delight.

Spinach and paneer parantha at Gangadin Indian Cuisine. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Spinach and paneer parantha at Gangadin Indian Cuisine. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our favorites are the Garlic Naan with its heavy load of fresh minced garlic and the Spinach Parantha, with a spinach and paneer (Indian cheese) mixture cooked between two thin pieces of lighter-than-a-crepe dough.

Homemade mango chutney, tamarind sauce, green mint chutney and deep red hot sauce provide accompanying accents to the breads and main entrees. Cool, yogurty raita smooths out the too-hot spots and adds milky flavors. The simple rice pilaf, accented by cardamom seeds and peas, is a delightful base.

Whether we get takeout or enjoy a meal at the restaurant, we have never been disappointed with Gangadin. Truly a stellar example of one of the best family-run restaurants in Los Angeles, we in Burbank are so fortunate they are located nearby.

Located just minutes from Burbank in Studio City, Gangadin Indian Cuisine serves some fo the best Indian food in Los Angeles. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Located just minutes from Burbank in Studio City, Gangadin Indian Cuisine serves some fo the best Indian food in Los Angeles. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Each table in the restaurant is always graced with fresh flowers and lit with soft candlelight. Traditional Indian art decorates the walls. The atmosphere is gentle and stylish, perfect for intimate dinners, family meals and fun group gatherings. Manmeet is a gregarious and kind host and the staff is attentive, yet not intrusive.

Gangadin also offers many vegetarian and vegan preparations and an extensive menu of traditional and Americanized Indian appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts.

For strictly vegetarian Indian curries, samosas and pakoras, I continue to seek out India Sweets & Spices and Samosa House, but for the absolutely best curries and breads in Los Angeles, no other Indian restaurant, in the Valley and throughout Los Angeles and the Westside, has been able to supersede Gangadin. Gangadin Indian Cuisine rates a stellar Tops In Town.

Restaurant Info: Gangadin Indian Cuisine is located at 12067 Ventura Place, Studio City, CA 91604 . 818-509-0722. Gangadin is open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for dinner. They are also open for dinner Saturday and Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Gangadin is open during the Studio City Farmers’ Market on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Gangadin 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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Newly Open Lemonade Bursts With Color And Flavor

Lemonade, another bright and colorful addition to Toluca Lake’s Riverside Drive, has already garnered quite a lot of interest since its recent opening. The cafeteria-style restaurant seems to serve just about every kind of food known to man, from meat to meatless to vegan preparations, along with every grain and vegetable under the sun.

At first, one enters and is greeted by a row of about 20 salads in varying textures and colors. The menu options can seem daunting because there’s so much from which to choose. Luckily, there’s a roving manager who’s ready to explain how the service works and how the food is organized.

A sampler of Lemonade's delights: (from left) Green Apple Curry Chicken, Avocado Salmon Louie, Voodo Indian Lentils, Curry Caulifower and Soba Noodle. Braised Short Ribs are served in a cup. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

A sampler of Lemonade’s delights: (clockwise from left) Green Apple Curry Chicken, Avocado Salmon Louie, Voodo Indian Lentils, Curry Caulifower and Soba Noodle. Braised Short Ribs are served in a cup. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Lemonade serves up hearty portions, so sharing family-style is one way to taste a little more of the new restaurant’s variety. Even on these recent hot days in L.A., there are plenty of nutritious, cold salads on the menu, including current favorite Green Apple Curry Chicken and Soba Noodles with kimchi marinated vegetables, peanuts and sesame.

The Avocado Salmon Louie, is made of the perfect half avocado stuffed with a tinned salmon salad and topped with a cucumber and slice of grapefruit – absolutely delicious. For a tender meat option, the braised Red Miso Beef Short Ribs is a good choice.

The roasted Brussels sprouts looked fantastic along with the selection of chilis and mac and cheese. The sandwich section also offers an attractive variety of cold and hot sandwiches that should keep customers returning for new tastes. The Herb Grilled Chicken sandwich was very tasty and light and accompanied by a mixed greens salad.

Herb Grilled Chicken sandwich with mozzarella, basil pesto and arugula at Lemonade. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Herb Grilled Chicken sandwich with mozzarella, basil pesto and arugula at Lemonade. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

After the bombardment of salads, grains, meats and sides, diners then slide their tray past the dessert case. Chocolate and coconut and strawberry lemonade cakes, cookies and brownies and gluten-free sweets and a macaroons rainbow of color and flavor all populate the massive display. Lemonade almost dares its customers to pass by without picking something up for later.

Of course, the ubiquitous lemonade, in six flavors, including the popular Ginger Peach Lemonade, is the popular drink for diners.

Airy and bright, Lemonade is a fun addition to the restaurant options in Burbank and Toluca Lake. There are a decent amount of indoor tables and a large outdoor shaded eating area, too. Bathrooms are clean and tables are wiped off promptly between diners.

Staff are friendly and helpful. For cafeteria-style casual, Lemonade uses basic white paper plates and cups as a contrasting palette for its colorful and creative dishes. Perfect for take out or a quick bite, this new restaurant chain looks poised to grow, with 12 locations just in Los Angeles County alone.

Restaurant Info: Lemonade is located at 4400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank 91505. 818-841-3900. Lemonade is open Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:05 p.m.

Lemonade 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)

 

Sharkey’s Bistro Cooks Up Tasty Memphis-Style BBQ

Open just 10 months, Sharkey’s Bistro is located in a typical unassuming strip mall (where else?) on Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank. Dujuan Sharkey and his family brought their recipes to Burbank from the South. They serve homemade, hearty and absolutely delicious plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week.

Sharkey's collard greens and pulled pork sandwich are out-of-this-world delicious. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sharkey’s collard greens and pulled pork sandwich are out-of-this-world delicious. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While Sharkey’s has a wide menu selection and the burgers we tried out were excellent, the BBQ items are the true stars of the restaurant. The pulled pork sandwich, made Memphis-style with coleslaw, pickles and barbeque sauce, was an absolute explosion of flavors. Sometimes, pulled pork can be tough but this pork was extremely tender and perfectly prepared.

Complemented by a side of collard greens flecked with slices of garlic and flavored with a slight vinegar tang, the plate was approved by everyone at the table.

We tried two different burgers, the standard cheeseburger and the Jazzy Burger. Both were big hits. The ground beef in the burger tasted very fresh and got everyone’s attention.

Sharkey's Cheeseburger - tasty, tasty. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sharkey’s Cheeseburger – tasty, tasty. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Dressed with cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and mustard, the cheeseburger was a classic recipe done perfectly, all the way to the airy, toasted bun.

The Jazzy Burger was an exercise in indulgence. Topped with cheese, bacon, onion rings and BBQ sauce, the burger was a burst of all things decadent in every bite.

Sharkey's Jazzy Burger is decadence and deliciousness. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sharkey’s Jazzy Burger is decadence and deliciousness. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

After eating that Jazzy Burger, we all felt our next meal should be primarily vegetable-based. Sharkey’s offers some colorful and healthy salads as well, including a basic mixed green salad and a grilled chicken salad with spinach, pecans and cranberries. They also have a Kale Avocado Salad and a Kale and Spinach Salad, each complemented with nuts, apples and homemade dressing.

We also tried the Shrimp Po-Boy – four huge grilled shrimp in a bed of lettuce, mayo and tomato inside a grilled french roll. Tasty and simple, it was a good sandwich for a lighter meal.

Sharkey's Shrimp PoBoy. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sharkey’s Shrimp Po-Boy. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Fries heaped with minced garlic and fresh parsley for the table and a bowl of fantastic macaroni and cheese rounded out the meal.

Typical morning fare including eggs, omelets and breakfast sandwiches are listed on the menu. Sliders, a variety of cold and hot sandwiches and a plethora of burgers, ribs and smoked meats round out the offerings. Sides of collard greens, mac and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, corn muffins, chili and different kinds of fries add to the experience.

Piles of fresh garlic and parsley accentuate the fries at Sharkey's. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Piles of fresh garlic and parsley accentuate the fries at Sharkey’s. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We found the bathrooms and tables clean and plenty of parking in the lot. Service was very friendly. It did take a while for orders to be prepared, as they seemed to only have one cook on duty when we visited and the restaurant was steadily busy. We found the leisurely wait worth the end result, but for someone in a hurry, calling in to order in advance may be a better option.

Sharkey’s also caters large and small events and delivers throughout Burbank. For their pulled pork sandwich and the burgers, Sharkey’s Bistro gets a Tops in Town. We look forward to stopping by Sharkey’s a lot more in the future and checking out more of their menu.

Restaurant Info: Sharkey’s Bistro is located at 520 S. Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank, CA  91502. 818-842-5116. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Sharkey’s Bistro 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 (Roadkill)

Healthy Bites Burbank Provides Fresh Flavors For Lunch And Dinner

Healthy Bites Burbank has been open for several years in Magnolia Park and consistently serves up delicious, filling meals that are healthy to boot. From the front entrance to the back patio, to the to-go bags and the artistic walls, the space is alive with color, and even more so than with its gorgeous snacks, meals and smoothies.

The Garlic Chicken Wrap at Healthy Bites gets pumped up a notch with a tasty sauce. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Garlic Chicken Wrap at Healthy Bites gets pumped up a notch with a tasty sauce. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Made-to-order salads are crisp and alive with color, texture and flavor. With about fifteen different concoctions to choose from on the menu, including Strawberry-Spinach and Cabbage-Kale, they range from traditional Mediterranean tastes to popular favorites.

Wraps and plates, for the meat-eater, vegetarian and vegan, make up the heart of the restaurants menu. Falafel, lamb, beef and chicken are all prepared with flavor and style at Healthy Bites. Accompanying sauces – cool cucumber-yogurt, powerful garlic butter and more – add dimension to standard Mediterranean fare.

Colorful and tasty, the Healthy Bites Gyro Wrap has it all going on. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Colorful and tasty, the Healthy Bites Gyro Wrap has it all going on. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Falafel Wrap was a serious family favorite – tender and only lightly fried. Fresh parsley, cucumber, lettuce and tomato were heightened with some excellent cucumber sauce.

The Shish Beef was fantastic and complemented by some of the best rice we have ever tasted. Roasted tomato and pepper were perfect to add, along with top-notch garlic butter spread.

While the Garlic Chicken Wrap’s chicken may have been a bit dry without the creamy sauce, with it, the wrap came together in a symphony of flavors.

By far my personal favorite, the Gyro was fresh and absolutely fantastic. I have had Gyros from the East Coast to the West and this one, my most recent, is a bona-fide hit, up there in the Gyro hall-of-fame.

Shish Beef plate with tasty rice, grilled pepper, tomato and lemon, along with fresh pita. A side salad of cucumber and tomato and garlic butter spread are packaged separately for take out. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Shish Beef plate with tasty rice, grilled pepper, tomato and lemon, along with fresh pita. A side salad of cucumber and tomato and garlic butter spread are packaged separately for take out. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Healthy Bites gets our vote for Tops In Town Mediterranean food, beating out other nearby Mediterranean restaurants with their emphasis on flavor and freshness. While the restaurant is long and narrow, with a few two-person tables inside, the back patio can accommodate about 30 people.

Most people get food to go and I see this as a perfect take-away meal for busy families and people. Healthy Bites also caters events. Weekly specials highlight a regular menu item and knock a dollar or two off the usual price. Check them out on Twitter, Facebook and on Instagram @healthybitesburbank.

The classic Falafel Wrap at Healthy Bites may be the best in the City of Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The classic Falafel Wrap at Healthy Bites may be the best in the City of Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Restaurant Info: Healthy Bites Burbank is located at 3511 W. Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA  91505. 818-508-0008. Open Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Healthy Bites 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 (Roadkill)

 

 

Tender Greens Hits A High Mark In Burbank

With its emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients, friendly service and healthy plates, Tender Greens’ newly-opened location in Downtown Burbank seems to get it all correct, right out of the gate.

Lunchtime can be especially busy anywhere in Burbank and a recent weekday in Downtown Burbank was no exception. While the Tender Greens order line stretched to the sidewalk entrance, it did move rather quickly. After a 15 minute wait, we had ordered. We were sitting at our table and eating lunch, just five minutes later.

Tender Greens' Chipotle BBQ chicken salad is filling and delicious. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Tender Greens’ Chipotle BBQ chicken salad is hearty and delicious. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our wait was made a little easier with the wandering host, who approached everyone in line and answered questions about how the restaurant services and menu options work. Plenty of seating was available in the nearly 2400 square foot dining area and tables were checked and kept clean by several roaming employees.

With options ranging from tender marinated steak, to chicken grilled, barbecued or fried, to wild-caught Pacific Albacore tuna and roasted and grilled hearty vegetables like corn and zucchini, there are plenty of main dishes to choose from for the omnivore to the vegan. Daily specials from entrees to sides and soups are also available.

The Happy Vegan salad looked amazing, with farro wheat, quinoa, hummus, tabbouleh, lettuces, cranberry, hazlenuts, cucumber and tomato.

Steak sandwich on ciabatta bread with roasted red peppers and aioli, along with a side of buttery mashed potatoes. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Steak sandwich on ciabatta bread with roasted red peppers and aioli, along with a side of buttery mashed potatoes. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Falafel salad was stupendous. The fried falafel balls were green and fragrant inside and very filling. Complemented by a fresh and cool yogurt dressing, lightly toasted pita and gem lettuces along with cucumber and tomato, this dish was not just healthy but delicious.

The Chipotle BBQ Chicken salad was also fantastic. Pieces of flavorful, tender chicken, fresh romaine lettuces, avocado, queso fresco, tortilla strips and onion were mixed with a light cliantro-lime dressing, making each bite a surprise and delight.

I rarely order a salad without finding a least some wilted or turned lettuce in the batch. Every leaf on our plates at Tender Greens was crisp and fresh. I also really enjoyed the addition of a favorite cheese like queso fresco to the dish.

Falafel salad with red gem lettuces, tomato, cucumber, red onion, parsley and a yogurt dressing. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Falafel salad with red gem lettuces, tomato, cucumber, red onion, parsley and a yogurt dressing. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

For those who just want something more American-traditional, Tender Greens has steak, crispy fried chicken and mashed potatoes. The Backyard Marinated Steak sandwich, served on light ciabatta bread spread with aioli and roasted red peppers, was juicy and extremely tender. The side of mashed potatoes was an explosion of buttery goodness down to the last mouthful.

Tender Greens' dessert case features fruity sweets, gluten-free options and chocolate cake. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Tender Greens’ dessert case features fruity sweets, gluten-free options and chocolate cake. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While the price point is a bit pricey, at $11.50 per regular plate or salad, the amount of food served is plenty for one person. Smaller salads, soups and desserts are also available along with teas, agua frescas, sodas, coffee, water, beer and wine.

Although we couldn’t possibly eat another bite after this first meal at Tender Greens, we were sorely tempted by the colorful dessert case.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, Vegan Blackberry Agave Cupcakes, Blueberry muffins, a multi-layer chocolate cake with white frosting, gluten-free peanut butter cookie sandwich filled with grape jelly, blueberry homemade Pop tarts and more sweets awaited. We plan to return just for a sweet snack sometime soon.

Airy, bright and sleek, Tender Greens can seat a lot of customers inside its nearly 2400 square feet of dining space. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Air, bright and sleek, Tender Greens can seat a lot of customers inside its huge dining space. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

A meal for three, with simply tap water to drink, cost about $37 including tax. Tender Greens is not a cheap dining-out option, but for the quality of the food, the menu prices seem reasonable.

The steak and chicken, according to the menu, while not certified organic, are raised hormone- and antibiotic-free. The vegetables and lettuces are from nearby farms in Ventura County and from throughout California, and are organic when possible.

We were in and out of the restaurant in under an hour. The place was clean, cheerful and enjoyable, with a few large community tables and many tables for two to four people.

Tender Greens gets a Tops In Town for serving up vibrant, flavorful meals that are also healthy. The restaurants’ nod to the farm-to-table movement is an admirable tack. Tender Greens is a terrific addition to Downtown Burbank and we expect to become regulars.

Restaurant Info: Tender Greens Burbank is located at 325 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank, CA  91501. 818-333-8340. Open Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Tender Greens 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 (Roadkill)

 

 

Smoke House Restaurant Begins 68th Year In Burbank

Guests, waitress, cooks, and Bartenders Celebrated Smokehouse's 67 years in business. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Guests, waitresses, cooks, and bartenders celebrated Smoke House’s 67 years in business (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Smoke House customers, friends and employees celebrated their 67th Anniversary on Thursday evening, October 10. The bar was packed to capacity and the famous Smoke House garlic bread aroma filled the air.

The Staff of the Smokehouse thank all their loyal customers and friends for all the great memories. Looking forward to another 67 years. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The staff of the Smoke House thank their loyal customers and friends for all the great memories. Looking forward to another 67 years. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Smoke House was founded in 1946 at the corner of Pass Ave. and Riverside Dr. in Burbank. The original restaurant seated 46 guests and was the hangout for many actors from the golden aged of Hollywood and dignitaries including Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

The Red Coach Inn was located at 4420 Lakeside Dr. and originally built by Danny Kaye in 1947, but it never opened as a restaurant. In 1948, The Smoke House moved into its current location and the restaurant’s success has continued as has its slogan “Fine Food at a Fair Price.”

General Manager Israel Aviles, always at your service. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

General Manager Israel Aviles, always at your service. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Smoke House’s unique recipe for garlic bread is just one menu item that keeps loyal guests coming back year after year. The Smoke House is an independent, family-owned restaurant.

The restaurant is managed by Israel Aviles, who always provides excellent hosting and service, and runs smoothly with a loyal group of cooks, waitresses, bartenders and other staff. As a thank-you to customers, the Smoke House offers “1946 Prices and Specials” through the month of October.