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Get Out Of Town!: North Rim Grand Canyon

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a special place. At over 8000 feet in elevation, the climate is cooler and wetter with alpine meadows and evergreen trees.

Only about 600,000 of the more than six million annual visitors to the Grand Canyon visit the North Rim. The Visitors Center, restaurants and Lodge are quiet and relaxing, even in the busy summer season.

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View of the Grand Canyon from hidden room under the Lodge at the North Rim. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Hotel, food and park services are open May 15 through October 15. The park itself is open year long, but the roads are not maintained in winter and the nearest town of Jacob’s Lake is 45 miles away. In winter, average snowfall on the rim is over 11 feet.

Late September and early October is a very popular time to visit the North Rim, with leaves turning out their fall colors and temperatures dropping.

Rustic cabins and Lodge hotel rooms allow a few hundred visitors to stay overnight. Nearby campgrounds are also available for advance reservation, with some sites open to walk-up visitors. Backcountry permits are required for camping below the rim.

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A large herd of bison graze outside the park entrance to the North Rim. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room provides enjoyable meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A few other small sandwich shops, an evening buffet and a bar are also on site.

Some easy trails branch out from the Visitors Center, including the Transept Trail and Bright Angel Point Trail. Follow the Bridle Trail for 1.2 miles from the Visitors Center to find the entrance for the North Kaibab Trail which leads down into the Canyon, passing the Coconino Overlook, the Supai Tunnel and other points of interest along the way.

More challenging trails along the rim also abound, just a few miles from the Visitors Center.

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The view from Bright Angel Point. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is about 534 miles from Burbank, approximately a straight 8 1/2 hour drive, going through Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, it’s about 4 1/2 hours to drive 263 miles.

The North Rim is a gorgeous place that warrants an overnight stay and more exploration if you have the time. The view of the Grand Canyon from the north is awe-inspiring and iconic. If you’re lucky, you’ll see bison, deer, turkey and the famous but rare, tassel-eared Kaibab squirrel.

Current parking fees are $35 per vehicle for one week. More information on the North Rim can be found here.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is known for colorful sandstone hoodoos and miles of trails through challenging terrain in a group of naturally-formed amphitheaters. Located about 50 miles northeast of Zion National Park, Bryce adds a vivid dimension to any Utah trip.

With the rim of Bryce at 8 – 9000 feet above sea level, the park is at a much higher altitude than Zion and usually about 10 degrees cooler. However, as one hikes down into the Bryce Amphitheater, temps also rise significantly, just as they do in the Grand Canyon.

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The Bryce Amphitheater from Sunset Point. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Bryce is not as crowded as Zion or the Grand Canyon, due to its more remote location. Still, nearly 2.5 million people visit the park each year. During summer, the park uses a shuttle system to move visitors about, as parking spaces tend to fill up early in the day.

While visitors do hike Bryce, most people stop at the various scenic overlooks and take photos. The most popular area is within the first three miles of the park, along the edge of the Bryce Amphitheater. For those who follow the park road for 18 miles to Rainbow Point, the full measure of the park can be seen.

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Natural Bridge. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The busiest trails are along the rim, and those shorter loops that traverse down into the Bryce Amphitheater. The 5.5 mile (one way) Rim Trail from Fairyland to Bryce Point includes some steep elevation changes and hits many of the popular scenic overlooks.

The Navajo Loop traverses tight switchbacks, through enormous red and orange hoodoos and doorways cut into the colorful rock, along wide packed-sand paths and a scrubby pine landscape along the floor.

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Heading down the Navajo Trail from Sunset Point. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Sunset Point, Sunrise Point, Inspiration Point, Rainbow Point… one can spend the entire day taking photos as the sun moves across the sky, as the changing light brings out different effects in the red, orange, yellow and white sandstone pillars.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon has guest rooms, a gift shop and a decent restaurant, with a nice variety of menu items.

Lots of cabins dot the area around the Lodge, with communal showers and bathrooms, for a more rustic approach. Tent and RV camping in two specific areas is also permitted.

Lodging within the park fills up quickly, so many visitors stay at one of the several hotels or campgrounds just outside the park. Restaurants generally offer basic road food, with lots of burgers, fries and sandwiches.

Our favorite place to eat was Rustlers Restaurant in nearby Tropic. It had the best variety and freshest food in the area. It’s attached to the only decent market near the park and a really good ice cream shop.

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Willis Creek Slot Canyon. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We added on to our Bryce Canyon trip with a quick visit to Willis Creek Slot Canyon, south of Cannondale. We were able to make it out the six-mile sandy, dirt road encountering a few challenging slippery spots, with our two-wheel drive SUV. When it’s wet, four-wheel drive is a must.

Willis Creek was very hot on a June afternoon – a better call would be to do that hike in the morning. The yellow and black walls of rock provided a fascinating backdrop. The trail end to end is over three miles, so out and back can be long commitment. Luckily, one can easily turn around and make the trek shorter.

We also visited the Mossy Cave grotto. Even in June, frozen bits of ice could be seen deep in the shelter cave. In the late 1800s, Mormon pioneers created a water channel that is fed by Mossy Cave and nearby springs from Bryce. The year-round source of water feeds nearby farms and towns.

Bryce Canyon National Park is a unique place and well-worth the travel time to visit. It’s another scenic and wonderful way to Get Out of Town!

For more information on the park, visit the official website here.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Zion National Park

Zion National Park is deservedly one of the most visited national parks in the country, racking up 4.5 million visitors in 2017. With sweeping vistas and colorful rocks, a sightseeing shuttle and both accessible and extremely challenging trails, Zion has something for everyone.

Only the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, with 11.3 million visitors, and Grand Canyon National Park, with 6.3 million, drew more visitors in 2017 than Zion. Yosemite National Park was close behind with 4.34 million.

All these people have caused some changes to how the National Park system handles visitors. Zion allows no private vehicles past Canyon Junction; all visitors are required to walk or ride the free shuttle to traverse the length of the valley floor.

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The valley floor of Zion National Park, seen from the Angel’s Landing Trail. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Even with the shuttle system, wait times to get on the shuttle can take up to an hour, two hours or more on weekends and holidays.

Home to Angel’s Landing and The Narrows, Zion offers some extremely challenging outdoor experiences. These popular hikes are also being considered for a permit system. Angel’s Landing, in particular, can be frustrating and very dangerous to navigate the chain portion of the trail with the high number of people traversing the cliff.

The dramatic scenery of Zion is understandably a huge draw. The rock formations show differently colored layers of rock. The Virgin River, which cuts through the rocks along the valley floor, provides a vital water source for the flora and fauna.

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Entry to The Narrows at the end of Riverside Walk. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

And, fauna are everywhere, including mule deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and desert big horn sheep, in addition to the ubiquitous squirrels, chipmunks and smaller creatures.

Zion is approximately a seven-hour drive through Las Vegas from Burbank. While the Zion Lodge in the park tends to be full up, there are plenty of hotels in the adjacent town of Springdale, which are also served by a free shuttle bus to the Visitor Center.

Restaurants in the town are okay. Some are pretty good for being out in the country. Utah law requires the serving of food with alcoholic beverages for restaurants, so if you’re going to knock back a cold one, you’ll be required to purchase food as well. Bars are very few and very far between.

We really enjoyed the food at Casa de Amigos (solid, tasty Mexican) and Zion Pizza & Noodle (excellent pizzas.) The Red Rock Grill at Zion Lodge and the Zion Brewing Company near the Visitor Center were also pretty good although they offered a similar menu.

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The red dust of The Watchman trail. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

More information on Zion National Park can be found here. Currently, standard vehicle entry fees, good for seven days, are $35 for a private vehicle, $30 per motorcycle or $20 per person. Various group fees are also available.

National Park officials recently announced they would be instituting a visitor reservation system for Zion in the future, but more details on the change are still forthcoming. So Get Out Of Town, Burbank, and visit someplace new, like the spectacular sandstone canyons of Zion National Park.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Amir’s Garden

Griffith Park has over 53 miles of trails from which to choose, and our favorite short hike is the trek to Amir’s Garden. The tranquil hilltop garden oasis provides respite on hot summer days and is gorgeous and welcoming any day of the year.

Founded in 1971 and maintained for over three decades by Amir Dialameh, the hilltop originally was a barren and charred piece of land. Dialameh worked the land for years with permission from the City, removing over 200 burnt tree stumps, building a retaining wall with discarded fencing from the Old Zoo and turning five acres into a lush, green paradise.

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Amir’s Garden is a green oasis on a hilltop in Griffith Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

After passing away unexpectedly in 2003, Amir’s Garden was maintained by a cadre of volunteers until just recently. Now, the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks cares for the garden and administers activities held there.

With 275 feet of elevation gain in a 1.1 mile loop, the short trail to Amir’s Garden is steep enough to get a little cardio workout, and short enough to fit into busy schedules. While many hikers opt for the up-and-back trek along the fire road, following the loop includes a set of steep stairs, which are particularly great for getting the heart pumping and quads burning going up the trail.

To reach the trailhead, park near the Mineral Wells Picnic Area near the Wilson & Harding Golf Course driving range. Options are to head straight up the packed dirt fire road to the garden or to head a bit south along the Mineral Wells Trail to access the garden via the stairs.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Incredible views, plentiful flowers and shade and drinking water welcome hikers, horses and dogs at the top.

Amir’s Garden is filled with meandering paths and short, steep stairs, and dotted with benches and picnic tables. It’s a great spot for exploration and peaceful contemplation.

A quick drive from Burbank, Amir’s Garden hike is an awesome way to Get Out of Town!

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Jasper Johns At The Broad

Open through May 13, the Jasper Johns exhibit, “Something Resembling Truth,” provides a thematic look at his development as an artist over his sixty year career. Tickets are still available for the special exhibition at The Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles.

Born in 1930, Johns first garnered notice in the art world for his painting Flag (1954-55), which the Korean War vet created after having a dream about the American flag.

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Jasper Johns’ “Flags” (1968) uses an optical illusion to reproduce the red, white and blue colors of the American flag on the gray field. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Johns’ use of iconic and commonplace symbols such as flags, maps, letters, numbers and targets brought him to the forefront of the neo-Dadaist movement.

His sculptures and collages include everyday items like flashlights, doorknobs, rulers and chalkboards.

The artist still doesn’t like to explain his art. But his comment about focusing on “things the mind already knows” has been included in many an exhibit and profile article over the decades.

According to his own comment on his exhibition of the Flag, Target and Number paintings in 1958, “It all began with my painting a picture of an American flag. Using this design took care of a great deal for me because I didn’t have to design it.”

“So I want on to similar things like the targets, things the mind already knows,” Johns said.

“That gave me room to work on other levels. For instance, I’ve always thought of a painting as a surface; painting it in one color made this very clear… A picture ought to be looked at the same way you look at a radiator.”

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“Numbers in Color” (1959) by Jasper Johns is on view at The Broad Museum. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

He uses familiar symbols and objects portrayed through a variety of techniques and styles including encaustic (heated beeswax), painting, sculpture, graphic arts, printmaking and collage.

The Broad exhibit includes recent works by Johns, in additional to many of his iconic works.

Also on view at The Broad are the museum’s regular collection and the selfie-taking favorite, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013.

An additional Kusama infinity mirrored room, Longing for Eternity, 2017, is also on view.

Access to The Broad’s permanent collection and the infinity rooms are included with the purchase of the Jasper Johns “Something Resembling Truth” special exhibition ticket.

The rooms require a separate signup to reserve a place in line. Information on the process for viewing the rooms can be found here.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

“Target” (1958) by Jasper Johns is one of several recurring images used over the six decades of his artistic life. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Get Out Of Town!: Gam Tu Bop & Cauldron Ice Cream

Brand Boulevard in Glendale has a lot going on: two large shopping malls within a few minutes walk and a plethora of restaurants and shops. Two of our favorite spots for quick bites are onigiri masters, Gam Tu Bop, and the home of the churro puffle cone, Cauldron Ice Cream.

The rice balls – onigiri – at Gam Tu Bop are spectacular. Warm and wrapped in seaweed, the rice is stuffed with your choice of fillings and sprinkled with delicious furikake seasoning and sesame seeds.

Our most recent feast at Gam Tu Bop included our favorite Curry Chicken, buttery Salmon, sauteed Mushroom, Gobo (Burdock) and Spicy Shrimp. Add in some miso soup and seaweed salad on the side, and a delectable meal awaits.

Buttery salmon rice ball is an excellent choice at Gam Tu Bop. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

One can also order a deconstructed rice or salad plate, with a selection of three toppings paired with rice or mixed lettuces, with sides of pickled ginger, edamame and seaweed salad.

Prices are reasonable and while there’s usually quite a line, the service is fast and efficient. Although there’s not a lot of seats inside the restaurant, the rice balls are perfect for eating on the go.

If you haven’t quite filled up on the incredible rice balls at Gam Tu Bop, a visit to Cauldron Ice Cream on the next block may be in order.

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Earl Grey lavender topped with honey, vanilla in a churro puffle and The Caudron (vanilla cinnamon ice cream topped with crushed Oreos) are a hit at Cauldron Ice Cream. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Cauldron’s claim to fame are puffles and small batch, homemade ice creams in a variety of flavors, which are rotated frequently. Puffles are airy waffle cones that come in three flavors – regular, red velvet and churro.

Cauldron’s ice creams are made on the spot via freezing with liquid nitrogen. The shop boasts a lot of flavors – our favorites are the standard vanilla, Earl Grey lavender and vanilla cinnamon. A host of toppings from crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate chips, graham crackers and more abound.

Get out of town and try something different at Gam Tu Bop and Cauldron Ice Cream, just two of the fantastic food offerings along Brand Boulevard in Glendale. Even if street parking is full, there are plenty of parking structures within a few blocks of the restaurants and shops.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Mammoth Mountain

Winter in Burbank usually means cooler temps and rain. For a snowy and cold winter experience, get away from the city and check out Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, just outside of Mammoth Lakes. While rain can be hit or miss for Burbank, usually the Eastern Sierras receive fairly significant snowfall during the winter months.

In fact, 12″ of new snow fell overnight Thursday, on top of recent storms that have dumped approximately 8″ of snow earlier in the week. Although the snow levels aren’t even close to the 2017 season’s record setting amount, the snow at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is arguably the best in California, year after year.

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Heading down White Bark Trail during snow fall at Mammoth Mountain. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Approximately a five hour drive from Burbank, up the 5 Freeway, to the 14 and then the 395 through the gateway town of Bishop, CA, Mammoth Lakes is a charming mountain town with plenty of places to stay and a strong collection of restaurants. A small airport is located nearby for those who choose to fly into the resort town.

The mountain chill attitude of the staff at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area – at the hotels and lodges, rental and gear shops, bars and restaurants – including, in particular, the ski and snowboard instructors really help visitors relax and enjoy the mountain.

We’ve found the restaurant options at the lodges and at the Mammoth Mountain Inn to be very solid and tasty. In town, we always try to stop by the popular Giovanni’s or John’s Pizza Works for pizza.

Lopez’ Loco Frijole has served up some of the best Mexican food we’ve ever had, since their opening four years ago. While their sopes, tacos and burritos are delicious, try the carnitas or carne asada plates, with pinto bean soup, fluffy rice, fresh tortillas and grilled cactus sides.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn’s lounge has a great view. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The recently opened Black Velvet Coffee serves pour overs, immersion and basic cups of joe, along with delicious pastries and amazing Belgian waffles. The spot also doubles as a wine bar.

There’s a lot more going on in the Mammoth Lakes food and drinks scene, including recently opened gastropubs and distilleries, that we look forward to checking out on our return.

Winter at Mammoth Mountain is truly terrific. With 150 runs, 28 lifts and over 3500 acres of skiable area, Mammoth Mountain provides a lot of options for everyone interested in skiing and snowboarding from beginners to experts.

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The Lower Panorama Gondola to McCoy Station at Mammoth Mountain, looking over the Unbound Terrain Park. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Olympic snowboard medalists Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Chloe Kim, among others, train extensively at Mammoth’s Unbound Terrain Parks, which features halfpipes, jumps and a collection of jibs, rails and more features.

A planned major 10-year upgrade to the lodges and hotels at Mammoth Mountain, beginning with Canyon Lodge, will get underway this summer. The new owners of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area (Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital Partners) also own June Mountain, Big Bear and Snow Summit Ski Areas, which are all slated for upgrades, with some work already gotten underway.

Mammoth Mountain is the quintessential California winter playground and a great way to Get Out Of Town!

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Caioti Pizza Cafe

The storied Caioti Pizza Cafe in Tujunga Village began over 20 years ago as the solitary restaurant along the boulevard in Laurel Canyon. Since moving to the walkable and trendy Tujunga Village neighborhood about a decade ago, Caioti continues to serve the creative pizzas made famous by the restaurant’s founder Ed LaDou.

LaDou is the creator of the California-style pizza, first garnering notice at Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago, and later as consultant for California Pizza Kitchen. Caioti has long been a favorite with Angelenos.

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Caioti’s Vegan Veggie Curry. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Caioti is also known for The Salad – a salad of romaine, watercress, walnuts and gorgonzola topped with a balsamic vinaigrette – that many expectant and overdue mothers swear by to begin labor.

We visited Caioti recently, and found the food, ambiance and service to be excellent, eclectic and enjoyable.

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LaDou’s Barbecue Chicken pizza at Caioti. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

LaDou’s Barbecue Chicken pizza was perfection in a bite, the thin crust topped with red onion, cilantro, mozzarella, smoked gouda, chicken and a smoky sweet BBQ sauce.

The Vegan Veggie Curry Bowl was fantastic – chock full of vegetables and brown rice, all brought together with an excellent slightly spicy yellow curry.

The delicious Spinach Salad was topped with bacon, hard-boiled egg, sliced mushrooms and toasted almonds and tossed with a hot Italian vinaigrette.

While not as crowded as Aroma cafe next door, Caioti does brisk business. It’s a popular way station for the denizens of Studio City and surrounding neighborhoods.

Tujunga Village, with its charming shops and multiple notable restaurants, cafes and sweets shops, is a wonderful, laid back little nook, here in the Valley, located on Tujunga Avenue south of Moorpark.

So Get Out of Town! Burbank, and check out the lovely Tujunga Village and the wonderful Caioti Pizza Cafe.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Republic of Pie

While some Burbankers malign North Hollywood, we enjoy our funky, chill neighbor to the west. And Republic of Pie on Magnolia Boulevard, near Lankershim, is just one reason.

The laid-back cafe boasts delicious food, hot and cold drinks and, of course, pies and pastries. Open from 8:00 a.m. every day of the week, Republic of Pie also has a thriving evening cafe scene with live music just about every night of the week.

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Croissant Sandwich. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We mostly enjoy breakfast or brunch at Republic of Pie. From egg dishes to specialty french toast and pancakes, quiche and vegan options, the cafe’s extensive menu has something for most everyone.

Fruity Pebbles French Toast is very sweet, of course, and nice to share with a friend. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Berry Berry Pancakes and Banana Cream Pancakes are other popular sugary items.

The Republic of Pie Omelet – ROP Omelet – is a tasty vegetarian omelet filled with mushrooms, spinach and cheese. The Vegan Hash, tofu, soy chorizo and home fries topped with spinach is a healthy way to start the day.

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Vegan Hash. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Croque Madame – a sunny side egg topped fried ham and cheese sandwich glistening with bechamel sauce – is a delicious indulgence.

A variety of quiches, a hearty ham and cheese croissant and several different breakfast wraps are available every day of the week. Sandwiches and quesadillas are also available on the regular menu.

With high ceilings and light and bright daytime vibe, Republic of Pie’s eclectic bistro atmosphere turns cool coffee house hang as evening falls. Decorated with mismatched chairs, tables, comfy couches and a beautiful living ficus tree, the cafe is fun and relaxing.

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Republic of Pie. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Bathrooms are clean and staff are friendly. Parking is available on the street or in several nearby lots off of Magnolia. Republic of Pie is open until 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. every night of the week.

The cafe’s dessert cases are filled with pies of every flavor, from berry and cream pies to cheesecakes, decadent breads and pastries and more. Their lattes, teas and coffees are the perfect accompaniment to these sweet treats. Republic of Pie is a favorite stop no matter the time of day.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

Get Out Of Town!: Black Bottom Cafe

One of the top new restaurants of 2017 must be Black Bottom Southern Cafe in North Hollywood. With a healthy and fresh approach to southern food, Black Black Bottom Cafe makes high quality BBQ with all the fixin’s and amazing desserts.

The best brisket we’ve had in a long while can be found at the restaurant, which is located at the busy intersection of Camarillo and Vineland, just a few minutes west of Burbank.

The brisket sandwich is tender and flavorful and you can order it with or without the spicy and sweet BBQ sauce. Accompanied by sweet potato fries, the sandwich has a light smoky flavor and topped with baby lettuces and tomato.

The shrimp po’ boy on the Sally Lunn roll is very filling. A waterfall of lightly battered and fried shrimp gush from the bread, which is dressed with a delicious aioli and topped with baby lettuces and onion.

Shrimp Po’ Boy. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Black Bottom Cafe’s main plate menu is extensive, including smoked brisket, smoked yardbird and pulled chicken, along with shrimp n’ grits, salmon and shrimp purloo and a host of sandwiches and salads. There are also several vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

We’ve also enjoyed the one-quarter dark meat Yardbird plate, slathered in a piquant bright red BBQ sauce. The meat was juicy and full of flavor and the BBQ sauce was nicely spicy.

Black Bottom Cafe’s signature southern style greens are sauteed kale and absolutely top notch. The kale is slightly softened to a garlicky and buttery perfection.

One-quarter dark meat yardbird with spicy and sweet BBQ sauce, southern style kale, mac n cheese, Hoppin John, cole slaw and pickles make a delicious meal from Black Bottom Southern Cafe. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Hoppin John is excellent; black eyed peas, kale, rice and vegetables are cooked together in a fresh-tasting and healthy side. The smoky mac n cheese was pretty standard, as was the creamy cole slaw.

The sides are generally enough for two people to share. Better save room for dessert though… or get a dessert to enjoy later, because Black Bottom Cafe’s sweet treats are incredible.

Generally, the desserts, which come individually portioned, are better served chilled. One dessert that should be served warm is the buttery, fruity peach cobbler.

Hummingbird cake. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The decadent namesake Black Bottom Pie, with its creamy smooth chilled chocolate filling, sits atop a chocolate buttery crust. The Hummingbird cake looks beautiful and tastes even better. Cream cheese frosting tops a nutty, sweet cake dotted with pineapple.

The Buttermilk pie is mild and sweet, like creme brûlée in a pie with a buttery crust. And the ubiquitous Sweet Potato pie is creamy and perfect. Its butter crust is accented with cinnamon and the pie is topped with airy fresh whipped cream.

Black Bottom Pie. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Black Bottom Cafe has a tiny parking lot, but there’s usually plenty of street parking on surrounding streets. It’s perfect for takeout, but the restaurant also has a small outdoor patio and seating area.

For more information on Black Bottom Southern Cafe, visit their website. It’s a great spot for lunch, dinner or dessert.

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.