Cheryl’s Guidebook

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Cheryl’s Guidebook

Food scene

Deliciously famous Southern California Cuban Bakery! A must-try, especially when you’re only blocks away! Helpful tip: Avoid long lines by ordering online for same-day pickup, especially on the weekends. Pre-Order line is inside. Think you might want more once you arrive? Not a problem…you can always add more items after you’ve checked in with your pre-order number inside. They can charge you at the register for additional items requested. :)
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Porto's Bakery and Cafe
3614 W Magnolia Blvd
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Deliciously famous Southern California Cuban Bakery! A must-try, especially when you’re only blocks away! Helpful tip: Avoid long lines by ordering online for same-day pickup, especially on the weekends. Pre-Order line is inside. Think you might want more once you arrive? Not a problem…you can always add more items after you’ve checked in with your pre-order number inside. They can charge you at the register for additional items requested. :)
One of the best breakfast & lunch places in town! Lots of people waiting because it's surely worth the wait! Just steps outside your door. If you like green tea, you’ve gotta try their Green Tea Monster pancakes. Personally, I’m prefer French toast or waffles anytime over pancakes…but this is my only (and favorite) exception. Helpful tip: Check in and add your name to the waitlist first if you plan to walk around or visit other stores in the plaza. This will help save you time as there’s often a crowd waiting as well. Just don’t go too far, you don’t want to miss your place in line if they call and you’re not present. :)
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Bea Bea's
353 North Pass Avenue
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One of the best breakfast & lunch places in town! Lots of people waiting because it's surely worth the wait! Just steps outside your door. If you like green tea, you’ve gotta try their Green Tea Monster pancakes. Personally, I’m prefer French toast or waffles anytime over pancakes…but this is my only (and favorite) exception. Helpful tip: Check in and add your name to the waitlist first if you plan to walk around or visit other stores in the plaza. This will help save you time as there’s often a crowd waiting as well. Just don’t go too far, you don’t want to miss your place in line if they call and you’re not present. :)
Hands down one of the best ambience for dining! From casual to intimate, this place has got it all! Enjoy So Cal's weather by sitting outdoors by their gorgeous fireplace or cozy up indoors in their delightful dining area or bar lounge. Helpful Tip: Great place for Happy Hour or Date Night! :)
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The Front Yard
4222 Vineland Avenue
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Hands down one of the best ambience for dining! From casual to intimate, this place has got it all! Enjoy So Cal's weather by sitting outdoors by their gorgeous fireplace or cozy up indoors in their delightful dining area or bar lounge. Helpful Tip: Great place for Happy Hour or Date Night! :)
Another great, quaint breakfast spot to try! However, take note of limited seating. Helpful tip: Join the waitlist on Yelp early in the day to minimize wait time once you arrive to check in. Keep in mind the waitlist closes once they’ve reached a max limit and/or if waits are over 60 mins. :)
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Café de Olla Restaurant
2315 W Victory Blvd
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Another great, quaint breakfast spot to try! However, take note of limited seating. Helpful tip: Join the waitlist on Yelp early in the day to minimize wait time once you arrive to check in. Keep in mind the waitlist closes once they’ve reached a max limit and/or if waits are over 60 mins. :)
Four words...house-made garlic spread! If you like Mediterranean, but more importantly if you love garlic, this is a must try. Inexpensive, casual dining with the best garlic spread to add on top of everything! Helpful tip: Ask for extra garlic sauce (if you like garlic), it’s free! :)
Zankou Chicken
1001 North San Fernando Boulevard
Four words...house-made garlic spread! If you like Mediterranean, but more importantly if you love garlic, this is a must try. Inexpensive, casual dining with the best garlic spread to add on top of everything! Helpful tip: Ask for extra garlic sauce (if you like garlic), it’s free! :)
Founded in 1948 right here in Southern California, In-N-Out is a famous local fast food known for its fresh burgers, fries and mouthwatering milkshakes! It has 3 burger variations…hamburger, cheeseburger and a double-double (2 beef patties with 2 slices of cheese). All of their ingredients are made fresh, nothing frozen! Their milkshakes are made of real ice cream!! You can see the freshness being made through the glass windows along the drive thru line! But don’t let the long lines of cars discourage you, it goes relatively fast and its definitely worth the wait. They kept their menu simple to master each item. Tip: due some research and search for their secret animal style menu online if you like grilled onions, extra sauce and extra veggies!!
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In-N-Out Burger
761 North 1st Street
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Founded in 1948 right here in Southern California, In-N-Out is a famous local fast food known for its fresh burgers, fries and mouthwatering milkshakes! It has 3 burger variations…hamburger, cheeseburger and a double-double (2 beef patties with 2 slices of cheese). All of their ingredients are made fresh, nothing frozen! Their milkshakes are made of real ice cream!! You can see the freshness being made through the glass windows along the drive thru line! But don’t let the long lines of cars discourage you, it goes relatively fast and its definitely worth the wait. They kept their menu simple to master each item. Tip: due some research and search for their secret animal style menu online if you like grilled onions, extra sauce and extra veggies!!
If you’re looking for a healthier option for nice casual dining, I recommend Granville. Love their sandwiches, salads, burgers and small/large plates…especially their freshly made house chips! Also located along San Fernando Road which is a great place to walk around at anytime of the day!
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GRANVILLE
121 North San Fernando Boulevard
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If you’re looking for a healthier option for nice casual dining, I recommend Granville. Love their sandwiches, salads, burgers and small/large plates…especially their freshly made house chips! Also located along San Fernando Road which is a great place to walk around at anytime of the day!
When it feels like winter here in SoCal, know that they'll be a wait at JINYA Ramen Bar...for their ramen and for a seat by the fire. Located less than an 8-minute walk to some great dining, try JINYA for their ramen and other great tasting dishes.
JINYA Ramen Bar - Burbank
4011 W Riverside Dr
When it feels like winter here in SoCal, know that they'll be a wait at JINYA Ramen Bar...for their ramen and for a seat by the fire. Located less than an 8-minute walk to some great dining, try JINYA for their ramen and other great tasting dishes.
Celebrating a special event? Or going out for a well deserved "date night", you're sure to enjoy The Castaway Restaurant. Located on the hills of Burbank, you'll definitely enjoy the view from up top.
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The Green Room @ Castaway
1250 East Harvard Road
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Celebrating a special event? Or going out for a well deserved "date night", you're sure to enjoy The Castaway Restaurant. Located on the hills of Burbank, you'll definitely enjoy the view from up top.
If you’re looking for fine dining, this is a great local place to keep in mind. They’ve got amazing steaks, great BBQ and awesome seafood options! Any don’t forget to include an order of their “World’s Famous” garlic, cheese bread! Yum!!
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Smoke House Restaurant
4420 Lakeside Drive
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If you’re looking for fine dining, this is a great local place to keep in mind. They’ve got amazing steaks, great BBQ and awesome seafood options! Any don’t forget to include an order of their “World’s Famous” garlic, cheese bread! Yum!!

Sightseeing

"The Entertainment Capital of LA"
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Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
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"The Entertainment Capital of LA"
One of the best attractions in Burbank! Go on the Warner Bros Studio Tour and go behind the scenes of some of televisions most popular sets, like Central Perk!
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
3400 Warner Boulevard
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One of the best attractions in Burbank! Go on the Warner Bros Studio Tour and go behind the scenes of some of televisions most popular sets, like Central Perk!
A must-see if you're new to LA! Great hiking trails and views of the Hollywood sign.
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Griffith Observatory
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A must-see if you're new to LA! Great hiking trails and views of the Hollywood sign.
Awesome hiking trails! Not too difficult, but definitely a decent workout.
Wildwood Canyon Trailhead
Awesome hiking trails! Not too difficult, but definitely a decent workout.
Who's always down for a good laugh! Check out Burbank's local comedy club and restaurant. Tickets are reasonably priced and if you're lucky, you experience a night where a celebrity comedian or two come back to pay tribute.
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Flappers Comedy Club And Restaurant Burbank
102 East Magnolia Boulevard
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Who's always down for a good laugh! Check out Burbank's local comedy club and restaurant. Tickets are reasonably priced and if you're lucky, you experience a night where a celebrity comedian or two come back to pay tribute.
Every Friday from 4PM-10PM, visit Bob’s Big Boy® Burbank as they hosts SoCal's best Classic Car Show. Come for the food and stay for the cars! You may even see a celebrity, often Jay Leno, as he's a regular at these events.
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Bob's Big Boy
4211 West Riverside Drive
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Every Friday from 4PM-10PM, visit Bob’s Big Boy® Burbank as they hosts SoCal's best Classic Car Show. Come for the food and stay for the cars! You may even see a celebrity, often Jay Leno, as he's a regular at these events.

Bars and Nightlife

Burbank has some quaint local bars if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and traffic of Downtown LA or Hollywood (both of which are only a few minutes and an Uber/Lyft ride away if that’s your preference).
A neighborhood speak easy bar (look for and unmarked “Red Door” entrance from the rear parking lot. Or enter through the front through Micheal’s and find the entrance near the back of the restaurant across the hall from the restrooms.
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Red Door
10057 Riverside Drive
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A neighborhood speak easy bar (look for and unmarked “Red Door” entrance from the rear parking lot. Or enter through the front through Micheal’s and find the entrance near the back of the restaurant across the hall from the restrooms.
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Forman's Whiskey Tavern
10149 Riverside Dr
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Check out the bar upstairs for a some music and good company!
Mrs Robinson's Irish Pub
10111 Riverside Drive
Check out the bar upstairs for a some music and good company!
Barney's Beanery Burbank
250 North 1st Street
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The Other Door
10437 Burbank Boulevard
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Fantasia Billiards
133 N San Fernando Blvd
Over/Under Public House
310 North San Fernando Boulevard
Total dive bar, if that’s what you’re looking for!
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The Snug
4108 West Magnolia Boulevard
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Total dive bar, if that’s what you’re looking for!
The Blue Room
916 South San Fernando Boulevard

Relax & Unwind

If you’re looking for other ways to relax and unwind, here are some local favorites that do the trick for me!
My favorite reflexology massage! I’ve been a fan of massages for over 20 years and have found some hidden gems throughout So Cal! But this place tops them all! Friendly staff, clean environment and great massages for a fraction of the price (most include a foot scrub, oil and hot stones)! Tip: Ask for Kelly, if she’s available.
Himalaya Sen
10670 Riverside Drive
My favorite reflexology massage! I’ve been a fan of massages for over 20 years and have found some hidden gems throughout So Cal! But this place tops them all! Friendly staff, clean environment and great massages for a fraction of the price (most include a foot scrub, oil and hot stones)! Tip: Ask for Kelly, if she’s available.
My favorite park to walk, jog, picnic, exercise and simply just relax. Popular amongst families with kids and/or pets.
Johnny Carson Park
400 Bob Hope Drive
My favorite park to walk, jog, picnic, exercise and simply just relax. Popular amongst families with kids and/or pets.
Once where railroad tracks stood is now a nice walk or bike ride for all skill levels. About a 5.6 mile bikeway and a 2.8 mile pedestrian walkway. Great for athletes, couples, family and dogs (on leash). Respectful of bike riders on one side and pedestrians on the other. Make sure to bring a hat to protect you from the California sun.
Chandler Bikepath
Once where railroad tracks stood is now a nice walk or bike ride for all skill levels. About a 5.6 mile bikeway and a 2.8 mile pedestrian walkway. Great for athletes, couples, family and dogs (on leash). Respectful of bike riders on one side and pedestrians on the other. Make sure to bring a hat to protect you from the California sun.
If you need some peace and quiet, or just a good book to get cozy with, try the Buena Vista Library a couples miles away. There's also a nice park just next to it with plenty of shade to read and a playground for the little ones.
Buena Vista Branch Library
300 North Buena Vista Street
If you need some peace and quiet, or just a good book to get cozy with, try the Buena Vista Library a couples miles away. There's also a nice park just next to it with plenty of shade to read and a playground for the little ones.

Shopping

This place is a one stop shop for most! From dining to retail shops and your basic necessities (Target, Walmart, Costco and Staples). Not to mention specialties such as Best Buy, Lowe's, Ulta Beauty, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Michaels, REI and BevMo, to name a few. From chain restaurants like Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Sharky's and Krispy Kreme to local cafes like Grain Lab Deli & Kitchen. You may just want to check it out!
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Burbank Empire Center
1800 West Empire Avenue
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This place is a one stop shop for most! From dining to retail shops and your basic necessities (Target, Walmart, Costco and Staples). Not to mention specialties such as Best Buy, Lowe's, Ulta Beauty, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Michaels, REI and BevMo, to name a few. From chain restaurants like Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Sharky's and Krispy Kreme to local cafes like Grain Lab Deli & Kitchen. You may just want to check it out!
Burbank's local mall. We also may have one of the few decent Sears left. With 2 AMC movie theaters, Cost Plus World Market and major retail stores, like Macy's, Burlington and HM, this town center may have what you're looking for. If not, step outside along San Fernando Road (on either side) into a boulevard of more retail shops and dining opportunities.
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Burbank Town Center
201 E Magnolia Blvd
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Burbank's local mall. We also may have one of the few decent Sears left. With 2 AMC movie theaters, Cost Plus World Market and major retail stores, like Macy's, Burlington and HM, this town center may have what you're looking for. If not, step outside along San Fernando Road (on either side) into a boulevard of more retail shops and dining opportunities.
Want to know where the largest IKEA store in North America? It's down the street at the IKEA Burbank! Go for their meatballs or other café dishes, then burn off the calories as you walk through their amazing showrooms of their 456,000 sq ft store.
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IKEA
600 South Ikea Way
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Want to know where the largest IKEA store in North America? It's down the street at the IKEA Burbank! Go for their meatballs or other café dishes, then burn off the calories as you walk through their amazing showrooms of their 456,000 sq ft store.
Open Saturdays from 8AM-12PM just outside Burbank's City Hall. Visit this friendly neighborhood Farmers Market for some fresh produce and/or food from delicious local eateries.
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Burbank Farmers Market
101 N Glenoaks Blvd
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Open Saturdays from 8AM-12PM just outside Burbank's City Hall. Visit this friendly neighborhood Farmers Market for some fresh produce and/or food from delicious local eateries.
While Burbank Farmers Market host local residents on Saturdays, Toluca Lake Farmers Market is open on Sundays (9:30an-2:30pm). It might be a bit smaller in size in comparison, but it’s a lot closer in distance, off of Riverside Drive across from Trader Joe’s. Helpful hint: If you don’t plan to shop a whole lot and just interested in checking it out, it’s about a 1/2 mile walk (15 mins) through charming neighborhood of Toluca Lake. Take Oak Street to Sarah Street (behind Starbucks) to Cahuenga for a nice neighborhood stroll. Or choose to walk down Riverside Drive for a scenic walk past quaint restaurants and shops.
Toluca Lake Farmers Market
10225 Riverside Drive
While Burbank Farmers Market host local residents on Saturdays, Toluca Lake Farmers Market is open on Sundays (9:30an-2:30pm). It might be a bit smaller in size in comparison, but it’s a lot closer in distance, off of Riverside Drive across from Trader Joe’s. Helpful hint: If you don’t plan to shop a whole lot and just interested in checking it out, it’s about a 1/2 mile walk (15 mins) through charming neighborhood of Toluca Lake. Take Oak Street to Sarah Street (behind Starbucks) to Cahuenga for a nice neighborhood stroll. Or choose to walk down Riverside Drive for a scenic walk past quaint restaurants and shops.

Neighborhoods

First time to LA? Have some fun and enjoy Hollywood, just over the hills. Walk along the star-lined streets of Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame, visit the famous Hollywood & Highland Center and Kodak Theater, then stay for their nightlife bars and clubs.
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Hollywood
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First time to LA? Have some fun and enjoy Hollywood, just over the hills. Walk along the star-lined streets of Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame, visit the famous Hollywood & Highland Center and Kodak Theater, then stay for their nightlife bars and clubs.
Visit the arts district in the vivid North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, just next door to Burbank.
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North Hollywood
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Visit the arts district in the vivid North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, just next door to Burbank.