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Passion “Side Up” at Commonwealth Restaurant

The Top 5 Dishes in Burbank

10/15/2018

Joshua Lurie

Burbank is now best known for movie and TV studios from companies like Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, but the city’s modern development can be traced to a dentist. Dr. David Burbank accumulated significant land holdings in the area and made a fortune by selling his ranch to a consortium called Providencia Land, Water and Development Company in 1886. Residents later incorporated Burbank in 1911. The city remains famous for producing globally beloved content and bills itself as “Media Capital of the World.” Of course, all of these creative types - and Burbank residents who don’t work in the entertainment industry - crave good food. Discover five of Burbank’s best dishes.

Stuffed chicken at Carnival in Sherman Oaks

The Top 5 Dishes in Sherman Oaks

09/19/2018

Joshua Lurie

Sherman Oaks, yet another San Fernando Valley neighborhood that separated from railroad maven Moses Hazeltine Sherman’s massive landholding in 1927, has expanded over the years and now spans more than nine square miles. Sherman Oaks has a high concentration of Middle Eastern and Japanese restaurants, and of course plenty of gastropubs, which have proliferated all across Ventura Boulevard. Now Sherman Oaks is seeing a new infusion of culinary talent that leans higher end and more creative. Discover five great dishes.

Half roasted chicken at The Bellwether in Studio City

The Top 5 Dishes in Studio City

07/16/2018

Joshua Lurie

Studio City’s name was inspired by Mack Sennett’s thriving movie studio (now CBS Studio Center). The six-square-mile-plus expanse has added a number of neighboring studios over the years. Hollywood players splurge on good food, and not just at power lunches. Thankfully, Studio City has one of the highest concentrations of destination sushi bars in L.A., and has gained a wide variety of seasonal and international restaurants in recent years. Discover five dishes that help kickstart a Studio City culinary adventure.

Samke harra at Hayat's Kitchen

The Top 5 Dishes in North Hollywood

07/02/2018

Joshua Lurie

North Hollywood previously fell under the purview of Mission San Fernando Rey de España and became private farms after San Fernando Farm Homestead Association and Isaac Lankershim purchased the land. The area was rebranded as North Hollywood in 1927 in a marketing push to capitalize on rising Hollywood glamour. Since then, the city has become more residential. After the launch of the Red Line in 2000 and the opening of the connecting Orange Line in 2005, the city centered more on the NoHo Arts District, which has seen a restaurant boom. North Hollywood also houses L.A.’s unofficial second Thai Town near Wat Thai Temple, a community center for Thai-Americans. Discover five of North Hollywood’s best dishes across nearly six square miles.

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank

Bob's Big Boy: The Story of an L.A. Icon

09/19/2017

Elina Shatkin

Architect Wayne McAllister was inspired by the Space Age, World's Fair pavilions and roadside dining culture when he designed the building. Large, curving windows contrast with sharp angles, incorporating elements of Streamline Moderne and Midcentury Modernism. McAllister also mixed the practical with the eye-popping. The 70-foot-tall neon sign, which made it easy for drivers to see the coffee shop from the road, was so distinctive it helped build the Bob's Big Boy brand. McAllister designed many popular restaurants including The Smoke House in Burbank and several circular drive-ins, all of which are now gone. He was also responsible for several early Las Vegas casinos including The Sands, The Desert Inn and The Fremont.

Pooh's Sunrise with Green Tea Monster pancakes at Bea Bea's

The Ultimate Guide to Breakfast in the Valley: Part One

08/05/2017

Karen Young

The San Fernando Valley is one of the largest regions in L.A. County. So naturally, it deserves an epic dining guide to breakfast. If you have a morning meet-up in the Valley, the age-old question is “where should we meet”? Well, look no further. From classic diners to modern eateries, discover dozens of restaurants that serve the most important meal of the day!

Smoked salmon toast at The Bellwether

Ventura Boulevard Dining Guide: Studio City to Woodland Hills

05/30/2017

Karen Young

Ventura Boulevard from Studio City to Woodland Hills runs about 13 miles—and in that space sits hundreds of restaurants—among them mom n’ pops, a plethora of ethnic cuisines, casual and fast food chains, gastropubs, and finer dining restaurants. The rundown here is by no means exhaustive, but rather a hit list of some of the best, and historically significant, on the boulevard for any dining occasion.

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