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Bay Area's Yalla Brings Casual Mediterranean to Burbank's Empire Center

Culver City and Torrance on the way.

Yalla, Pleasant Hills
Yalla, Pleasant Hills
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Suburban Bay Area favorite Yalla is expanding south, landing its first of several locations later this fall in Burbank. From there, the burgeoning health-conscious option has plans to hit Culver City and Torrance.

The fast casual brand carries much the same look and feel as, say, Mendocino Farms or Lemonade — just enough design touches to feel fun without being obtrusive, and an easygoing menu that allows for as much customization as anyone could want. Guests can get their proteins wrapped up in a pita, served over a salad, or on the side with a plate of rice.

It’s a model that has worked well so far in their existing locations in Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek, two East Bay suburbs of San Francisco. Now they’re landing in Burbank, right at the Empire Center, which is good news for anyone who needs to get some heavy-duty shopping done.

There’s no official timetable on Yalla’s approach into the Los Angeles basin, but the place should come together before the end of the year, and will serve lunch and dinner once it gets going.

Yalla Burbank
1781 N. Victory Place
Burbank, CA