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Best of the Taste of Burbank

Taste of India serving up chicken tikka masala, basmati rice, and nan.
Taste of India serving up chicken tikka masala, basmati rice, and nan.


From the enormous turnout, it looks like the taste of Burbank was huge hit! San Fernando Blvd. was filled with all ages of foodies ready to sample some of Burbank’s best restaurants’ fare. With over 30 restaurant booths on Burbank’s main strip, attempting to make it to each was quite a challenge, but armed with a Taste of Burbank plate and cup, patrons shuffled along tasting a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Thai, Greek, American, and Brazilian.

Pictures speak louder than words in some cases, so check out the slideshow here for the full experience!

Here are some of the highlights:

Overall favorite booth: Chadaka Thai. With simple, but beautiful decorations, lemongrass chicken and pad thai with tofu, this was a sure fire winner.

Longest line: Crepe Maker. The line here was always long and with good reason! Mini crepes with nutella, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream were a huge hit!

Best dessert: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. No surprise here, but the candy apples and avalanche bark were amazing, and they had super cute Halloween themed baskets.

Best décor: Poquito Mas. Their fresh vegetable display, guacamole, chips, and salsas were just gorgeous and gave you a great feel for the ambience of the actual store.

Most filling serving: BJs. Eating a whole piece of this deep dish pizza loaded with veggies, meats, and cheese would leave you unable to eat anything else, but seriously satisfied!

Best deal: Buffalo Wild Wings. Advertising their amazing deals like 50 cent wings on Tuesdays, $1.99 Bloody Marys and breakfast burritos on Sundays, and $2 domestic drafts all day Wednesday. That’s just the beginning!

Surprisingly good: A Taste of India. After one bland meal here, I wrote this off as too Americanized, but their chicken tikka masala and perfectly soft naan won me over. I’ll be back for another visit for sure!

Fresh new face: Victorio’s Ristorante. There weren’t many Italian restaurants representing at Taste of Burbank and this was a nice change!

Meaty goodness: Picanha. Garlic steak and sausages, yum! They know how to do meat and with a $9.95 lunch special you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.

Best comfort food: Granville. The mac and cheese with peas and crispy breadcrumbs is rich and supremely satisfying. Just another fav on the fantastic menu!

Give it a second look: Daphne’s Greek Café. Formerly described as Ikea-style Greek food, the fresh Greek salad and chicken with a side of sinfully sticky baklava made me think maybe I should give it one more shot.

Best live tweeting: Pho Citi. Thanks for following me! (BurbankExaminer on Twitter)