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Honeydew Cafe Has Breakfast and Lunch Wrapped Up

Tucked in amongst towering office buildings between Riverside Drive and Alameda Avenue, Honeydew Cafe builds an impressive sandwich, along with delicious breakfast items and salads. Catering mainly to the workday crowd of this part of Toluca Lake and Burbank, Honeydew Cafe may be a tiny place, yet has grown a large following in the past few years.

The Veggie sub typically comes on a 10" whole wheat roll. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Veggie sub typically comes on a 10″ whole wheat roll. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The cafe is our go-to spot for fresh, creative lunches. We often order sandwiches at 4:00 p.m. for our Hollywood Bowl picnic basket. Add some chips, beverages and dessert, and one delicious Bowl picnic is ready.

Wrapped in clean white paper, the sandwiches are a festival of colors and tastes. We have enjoyed a majority of the cafe’s menu selections including the Roasted Red Pepper Chicken, Turkey Pesto, the divine Grilled 3 Cheese Bacon Avocado, Club Sandwich, Turkey Havarti Melt and Southwest Pepper Jack Chicken.

Honeydew Cafe makes excellent breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Honeydew Cafe makes excellent breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Most recently, we shared a Veggie sub and a Muffaletta for our picnic. Filled with vegetables such as mixed greens, cucumbers, tomato, roasted red peppers, avocado, and red onion, the sub adds aged provolone and hummus for protein and packs it all into a tasty wheat roll.

The Muffaletta always pleases the tastebuds with layers of ham turkey, genoa salami, sharp cheddar cheese, aged provolone cheese, parmesan cheese, tomato, olive tapenade, romaine lettuce and red onion. Dressed with mayonnaise, the sandwich is piled between two slices of toasted sourdough bread.

Honeydew's Muffaletta layers meats, cheeses, olive tapenade and vegetables in between toasted sourdough bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Honeydew’s Muffaletta layers meats, cheeses, olive tapenade and vegetables in between toasted sourdough bread. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

We like to call in to-go orders ahead of time. Be prepared for a bit of a wait in line if you walk in for lunch. While there are a few small tables with shady umbrellas outside the shop, the interior is tiny. The cafe also offers freshly-made smoothies, soups and coffees. Salads and sandwiches can all be custom ordered and the Build-Your-Own options are very popular.

For consistently making some of the best sandwiches around, Honeydew Cafe gets a Tops In Town. The cafe is only open weekdays, closing at 5:00 p.m. Parking can be a challenge during peak morning and lunch hours.

Restaurant Info: Honeydew Cafe is located at 171A N. Maple Street, Burbank 91505. 818-557-7556. Honeydew Cafe is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Honeydew Cafe 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)