It’s impossible to go hungry in Glendale, CA.
Just north of Los Angeles, the city serves up a diverse menu. Known for its Armenian community, Glendale has also been influenced by many other immigrant groups from all over the world. The result is a literal melting pot of flavors.
Nestled in the shadows of the Verdugo Mountains, it’s easy to call the city’s culinary offerings a hidden gem. However, many, like Robert Tweed, flock to the Jewel City just to sample these selections. The broker and entrepreneur shares seven of his favorite restaurants.
Porto’s Bakery & Cafe
Family-owned and operated, this Cuban bakery has been a neighborhood icon since it opened in 1982. Yet its popularity reaches much further. In 2016, the restaurant earned the very top spot in “Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat” in the U.S. With five other locations in the area, stop by for their trademarked Potato Balls or Cheese Rolls.
Heaping portions and fragrant plates are staples at Raffi’s Place. Serving Middle Eastern cuisine, the spot is renowned for its kebabs with basmati rice. Or, try the traditional Persian stew, called Ghormeh Sabzi. With both indoor and outdoor spaces, Robert Tweed believes it’s one of the better places to entertain a large dinner party.
Din Tai Fung
Din Tai Fung has long been hailed as one of the best restaurants in the world. Now with over 170 locations in 13 countries, the brand originated in Taiwan. At the Glendale location, guests are treated to dumplings, potstickers, and other Asian-inspired favorites in a modern ambiance.
The area’s tiniest shop is perhaps serving up the biggest flavors. With no air conditioning and just three tables, Mini Kabob’s recipe is simple. It serves quality, homemade food. Briefly closed last year due to the pandemic, the restaurant is back open and serving its signature kabobs and grilled chicken in garlic sauce.
Passing down recipes for generations, Carousel Restaurant is another family-owned entry to the list. Featuring over 60 appetizer-sized mezes, the Lebanese institution opened its second location in 1998. With the additional space, it offers live entertainment on the weekends.
Bourbon Steak Los Angeles
Michelin Star-winning chef Michael Mina provides a modern twist on the classic steakhouse. And everything about it exudes luxury. Don’t get too full on the complimentary duck fat fries, two-pound lobster pot pie, or black truffle mac and cheese. Robert Tweed recommends the butter-poached steak, which is the house speciality.
Despite being featured in the movie “Little Miss Sunshine,” Dinah’s Chicken has been famous much longer. Opening in 1967, no list is complete without this iconic place. A southern classic on the west coast, the family-owned restaurant obviously specializes in its fried chicken. But it also serves homestyle favorites, like corn on the cob and mashed potatoes, says Robert Tweed.