Dining Reviews

Cozymeal: an online foodie facilitator

Cozymeal: an online foodie facilitator

Here's an interesting idea for your next party or get-acquainted event: team building through food. Everyone eats. Everyone has opinions about food. Everyone can learn a few more cooking tricks. There's a new website in town where you can book the cooking class or food-centric gathering of your...

Dining Review: Random spots for tasty eats

Dining Review: Random spots for tasty eats

Like finding a pearl within an oyster, sometimes you find a gem of a restaurant inside something else. This week’s roundup considers notable eateries found in unexpected places.

Dining Review: A mini-chain with maximum heat in Glendale

Dining Review: A mini-chain with maximum heat in Glendale

I can’t figure out why a Costa Mesa/Newport Beach-based Mexican mini-chain would open up a place in a southeastern Glendale mini-mall, but Tacos Cancun is a welcome addition to town.

Dining Review: A new menu hits the bull's-eye in Burbank

Dining Review: A new menu hits the bull's-eye in Burbank

“All craft. All draught. All California.” That’s the slogan at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank and they mean it.

Dining Review: Frosty, melting goodness

Dining Review: Frosty, melting goodness

Aug. 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. I’ll be celebrating it with a Carnation chocolate and vanilla rectangle from the closest 7-Eleven like I always do. For those with more elevated tastes, or at least with a taste for adventure, here are some other great spots for ice cream sandwiches...

Dining Review: The proof is on the plate

Dining Review: The proof is on the plate

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen has been a Tarzana mainstay since 1993. They recently brought their unique brand of tasty, comforting fare to the Burbank media district. Situated in what was previously Luca’s Italian Kitchen, in a shopping mall anchored by a Vons, and courageously next door to...

Dining Review: New lounge takes a page from literature

Dining Review: New lounge takes a page from literature

My college-aged kids and I were excited to go to Catcher in the Rye, the new literary-themed restaurant and bar on the Toluca Lake-North Hollywood border. We crack up at a book I have called “Tequila Mockingbird,” containing drink recipes like “The Last of the Mojitos” and...

Dining Review: Summer is the season for beer

Dining Review: Summer is the season for beer

The hot weather got people murmuring. Then Fourth of July kicked it into high gear. I’m talking about Beer Season. Beer is on everyone’s lips right now and for good reason. It tastes great on a summer day. Especially fresh from the tap.

Dining Review: Seeking a different kind of breakfast

Dining Review: Seeking a different kind of breakfast

According to a food marketing website, one of the hottest trends of 2015-16, just after “Continued Rise of Fermentation” and “Secret, Off-Menu Items,” is “Around the World at Breakfast.”

Dining Review: Service raises the grade

Dining Review: Service raises the grade

Those of you old enough to remember will recall Delacey’s Club 41 in Old Town Pasadena. It was there for years, the only place in town to get a nice steak and Caesar salad. It closed in 2007, paving the way for a succession of replacement restaurants like the Spitfire Saloon and Cheval Blanc....

Dining Review: The best burgers in town

Dining Review: The best burgers in town

People ask me all the time, “What’s your favorite restaurant?” I always struggle with this question. It really depends upon my mood. However, someone asked me recently, “What’s the best burger in town?” Five outstanding ones immediately popped into my head....

Dining Review: Simple is simply good at a new ramen house

Dining Review: Simple is simply good at a new ramen house

“Keep it simple.” That’s what my mother-in-law always says when we’re planning a family dinner gathering. Of course, it never is. At a new Glendale ramen house, they really do keep it simple and it works.

Dining Review: Stirring things up at home

Dining Review: Stirring things up at home

Down a palm-lined street in old Tropico on the southern edge of Glendale, there lives a young, bearded gentleman and his cohort. Together, in the kitchen of their tiny apartment, they shake craft cocktails with ingredients like hibiscus-infused Pisco, green chai tea and cinnamon syrup. Old friends...

Dining Review: Cooked the Texan way

Dining Review: Cooked the Texan way

One of the items on my bucket list is to travel to the barbecue capitals of the USA, learning the nuances between regional BBQ styles. I want to know the real difference between Kansas City, Memphis, Carolina and Texas barbecue. Until that day comes, I'll be satisfied with the Texas barbecue found...

Dining Review: All'acqua in Atwater Village is elegance across the border

Dining Review: All'acqua in Atwater Village is elegance across the border

Atwater Village has become the it place for food and drink lately. Just over the Glendale border, Atwater Village is worth the drive to their Sunday Farmers Market (try the Roan Mills bread and the fish...

Dining Review: Juicers have a sweet spot for Acai berries

Dining Review: Juicers have a sweet spot for Acai berries

Açai (ah-sigh-ee) berries are all the rage right now. They're touted as a superfood with disease-fighting properties. A growing trend is to enjoy them in an açai bowl. You're more likely to find açai bowls in Silver Lake or Venice, but there are a few places to get them in our...

Dining Review: Savoring the spirit of a good cause

Dining Review: Savoring the spirit of a good cause

Thirty-five downtown Glendale restaurants opened their doors to charity this past Wednesday in the annual A Taste of Downtown Glendale event. Benefiting Glendale Healthy Kids, an organization that strives to ensure that all children in our community, particularly the needy, have access to quality...

Dining Review: Rubio's Coastal Grill dives into new territory

Dining Review: Rubio's Coastal Grill dives into new territory

I’m breaking with tradition on two counts today. First, I’m writing about a major chain restaurant and second, I got free food there. Normally I don’t accept free food, but I wanted to go to this press event to hear a good explanation of the changes in store at Rubio’s...

Dining Review: Westside Italian without hitting the 405

Dining Review: Westside Italian without hitting the 405

A gem of an Italian trattoria has just opened on an unexpected corner in Burbank. Housed in an old cheesesteak joint, Centanni Trattoria is poised to become a favorite for nearby residents who don’t have much to choose from in the way of fine dining in this part of town. It may even become a...

Dining Review: Some of the finest pizza in the area

Dining Review: Some of the finest pizza in the area

As far as fears go, starting a small business has got to rank right up there with public speaking and heights. There’s so much to lose — money, reputation, time. But there’s potentially so much to gain — money, reputation, and the sheer joy of doing something you love.

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Recently I went to a party in Palm Springs where many guests knew each other from Tiki Caliente, an event dedicated to tiki culture. I've always been into Polynesian motifs — our yard has tiki carvings and waterfalls — but these people are hard core. It got me wondering where one can...

Dining Review: Thai tied to your comfort

Dining Review: Thai tied to your comfort

In 1999, Eric Sansangasakun, his brother James and their friend Kyle Puranamaneewiwat left Bangkok to follow a dot-com opportunity in Southern California. The economy turned sour the next year so the three of them looked at each other and said, “We should do something we like.” They...

Dining Review: Budding TKF puts Georgia on her mind

Dining Review: Budding TKF puts Georgia on her mind

Our waiter at Tumanyan Khinkali Factory, or TKF for short, told us there are three TKF’s in the world. One in Armenia. One in France. And now one in Glendale.

Dining Review: Poke is better than OK

Dining Review: Poke is better than OK

Build-your-own bowls are a big trend right now. There are Mexican bowls, Southeast Asian bowls, Mediterranean bowls, health food bowls and more. They’re great because you can build them according to what you want or don’t want to eat (such as no fat, no gluten, no meat). Until this...

Dining Review: Lincoln is worthy of a salute

Dining Review: Lincoln is worthy of a salute

I have a cookbook that was given to me by a friend. It’s called “Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe.” Everything I make from it comes out delicious. The recipes look simple but they often have an element begging for the hands of a trained chef. If I make one item out of this book...

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