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Kebabs plate at Mini Kabob
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Farley Elliott

15 Fantastic Glendale Restaurants Worth Checking Out

Beloved Cuban pastries, diverse Armenian specialties, and a classic Tiki steakhouse

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Kebabs plate at Mini Kabob
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The heart and soul of Glendale is its Armenian community, though it’s not the exclusive dining option for the standalone city. Since settling in the region in the late 1970s, Glendale residents have fostered a tremendous culinary scene with a diverse diaspora of influences, ranging from Greece and Iran to Vietnamese and Peruvian. Rounding out the dining gems in the Jewel City are beloved stalwarts like Porto’s Bakery and Damon’s Steak House. here now, 15 essential restaurants to try in Glendale, California.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Monta Factory

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1208 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 396-4445
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Pasadena’s Monta Factory opened a second more service-oriented outlet in Glendale a few years ago. The menu is mostly the same (and that’s a good thing), with little beef dumplings served with four sauces, salmon burgers, and cheesy sue-beoregs. 

Monta Factory
Monta Factory
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2. Chick Next Door Hot Chicken

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1600 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91206
(747) 609-1046
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Upstart hot chicken spot Chick Next Door comes from chef Steven Velichnian, who does accessible Nashville-style treats from a former neighborhood burger spot along Chevy Chase and Glenoaks. The sliders are a highlight, with crispy tenders and ample comeback sauce held together by plush Portuguese-style buns. There’s plenty of local hot chicken competition, but this one stands out.

Chick Next Door sliders on a tray
Chick next door sliders
Matthew Kang

3. Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine

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367 N Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91206
(818) 551-5540
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With locations in both North Hollywood and Glendale, it’s no wonder people flock to this Lebanese eatery known for its garlicky falafel, hummus, and shawarma. The prices are affordable and the service is friendly, too.

Skaf’s Joshua Lurie

4. Damon's Steak House

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317 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 507-1510
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Tiki-inspired steakhouse Damon’s has stood the test of time on Brand Boulevard. Opened in 1937, the somewhat kitschy restaurant serves up solid cocktails, reasonably priced steaks, grilled chops, and even fish and chips.

5. Porto's Bakery & Cafe

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315 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA
(818) 956-5996
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Since opening in 1982, Cuban bakery Porto’s has become an essential part of the community. Diners are happy to wait for the better part of an hour to get their hands on potato balls and guava pastries. The sandwiches are pretty solid too, like the medianoche and pan con lechon.

6. Carousel Restaurant

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304 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 246-7775
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It’s all about the mezze, a serious spread of hot and cold appetizers, at this three-decade-old Lebanese institution. Greg and Rose Tcholakian opened the original Carousel in a Hollywood strip mall in 1984 serving kebabs, vegetarian specialties, and traditional dishes. In 1998, the couple’s son opened the swankier Glendale outlet, which allowed for an expanded menu, live entertainment on weekends, and a moodier ambiance.

7. Lola's Peruvian Restaurant

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2610, 230 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 956-5888
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Opened in 2007, Lola’s Peruvian is a Glendale staple. Slightly removed from the busier part of Brand Boulevard, Lola’s serves up traditional lomo saltado, ceviche, chicken a la brasa, and ice-cold Inca Cola or Peruvian beer to wash everything down.

8. Raffi's Place

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211 E Broadway
Glendale, CA
(818) 240-7411
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When the craving hits for heaping plates of grilled kebabs and fragrant basmati rice, beloved Persian-Armenian specialist Raffi’s Place is the go-to spot. No one leaves hungry after a meal in the pleasant indoor-outdoor space. This is one of the better places to dine with a large party.

Grilled meat with rice at Raffi’s Place.
Raffi’s Place
Cathy Chaplin

9. Zhengyalov Hatz

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318 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 696-9339
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Zhengyalov hatz, the restaurant’s namesake flatbread, combines 15 types of minced greens and herbs, including spinach, beetroot leaves, scallions, cilantro, onion, and sorrel. It is a regional specialty from the Republic of Artsakh. Other than the namesake dish, the restaurant has a walnut-laced take on baklava worth ordering.

Vivid green greens and herbs fill Zhengyalov Hatz’s signature flatbread.
Zhengyalov Hatz
Joshua Lurie

10. Glendale Phở Co.

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102 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 243-8867
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This longtime Glendale Vietnamese restaurant has all the classics of vermicelli noodles, steaming hot pho bowls, crispy cha gio egg rolls, and banh mi. A trusty place for Vietnamese favorites when it feels to far to go to SGV or Little Saigon.

11. Katsuya Glendale

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702 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 244-5900
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Katsuya has a lot of hats to wear, with a large part of the menu serving stellar sushi, but also Nobu-esque composed dishes meant to appeal to Americana at Brand’s wide dining audience. Mostly the place succeeds, thanks to an upscale vibe and plenty of outdoor seating for prime people watching.

12. Din Tai Fung

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177 Caruso Ave
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 551-5561
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Americana at Brand gained a huge notch thanks to Din Tai Fung, the reliable and popular dumpling restaurant that originated in Taiwan (serving Shanghai-style fare). Glendale’s outlet is as good as one can expect for modern Chinese food but with a modern ambience.

13. Mini Kabob

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313 Vine St
Glendale, CA
(818) 244-1343

LA’s tiniest kabob shop also happens to be among its strongest, thanks to the Martirosyan family who run the place like their home kitchen, but somehow even better. Order up the grilled chicken, hummus, and eggplant caviar for a complete homestyle meal.

Mini Kabob
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14. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

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1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA
(818) 241-5730
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As its name implies, this Glendale institution offers both Greek and Armenian specialties. Start with an order of rice and spice-stuffed grape leaves to go along with the complimentary lentil soup, before moving on to platters of barbecued lamb chops or grilled quails.

A plate of grilled kebabs and yellow rice at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine.
Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine
Cathy Chaplin

15. Dinah’s Chicken

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4106 San Fernando Rd ste a
Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 244-4188
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A classic fried chicken spot that actually invented the paper bucket as a takeaway container, Dinah’s has been immortalized on film in Little Miss Sunshine, but the place was actually famous in Glendale first. The fried chicken meals are a feast for the family, using a classic Southern approach.

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1. Monta Factory

1208 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201
Monta Factory
Monta Factory
Farley Elliott

Pasadena’s Monta Factory opened a second more service-oriented outlet in Glendale a few years ago. The menu is mostly the same (and that’s a good thing), with little beef dumplings served with four sauces, salmon burgers, and cheesy sue-beoregs. 

1208 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91201

2. Chick Next Door Hot Chicken

1600 E Chevy Chase Dr, Glendale, CA 91206
Chick Next Door sliders on a tray
Chick next door sliders
Matthew Kang

Upstart hot chicken spot Chick Next Door comes from chef Steven Velichnian, who does accessible Nashville-style treats from a former neighborhood burger spot along Chevy Chase and Glenoaks. The sliders are a highlight, with crispy tenders and ample comeback sauce held together by plush Portuguese-style buns. There’s plenty of local hot chicken competition, but this one stands out.

1600 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91206

3. Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine

367 N Chevy Chase Dr, Glendale, CA 91206
Skaf’s Joshua Lurie

With locations in both North Hollywood and Glendale, it’s no wonder people flock to this Lebanese eatery known for its garlicky falafel, hummus, and shawarma. The prices are affordable and the service is friendly, too.

367 N Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91206

4. Damon's Steak House

317 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

Tiki-inspired steakhouse Damon’s has stood the test of time on Brand Boulevard. Opened in 1937, the somewhat kitschy restaurant serves up solid cocktails, reasonably priced steaks, grilled chops, and even fish and chips.

317 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

5. Porto's Bakery & Cafe

315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA

Since opening in 1982, Cuban bakery Porto’s has become an essential part of the community. Diners are happy to wait for the better part of an hour to get their hands on potato balls and guava pastries. The sandwiches are pretty solid too, like the medianoche and pan con lechon.

315 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA

6. Carousel Restaurant

304 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

It’s all about the mezze, a serious spread of hot and cold appetizers, at this three-decade-old Lebanese institution. Greg and Rose Tcholakian opened the original Carousel in a Hollywood strip mall in 1984 serving kebabs, vegetarian specialties, and traditional dishes. In 1998, the couple’s son opened the swankier Glendale outlet, which allowed for an expanded menu, live entertainment on weekends, and a moodier ambiance.

304 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

7. Lola's Peruvian Restaurant

2610, 230 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

Opened in 2007, Lola’s Peruvian is a Glendale staple. Slightly removed from the busier part of Brand Boulevard, Lola’s serves up traditional lomo saltado, ceviche, chicken a la brasa, and ice-cold Inca Cola or Peruvian beer to wash everything down.

2610, 230 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

8. Raffi's Place

211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA
Grilled meat with rice at Raffi’s Place.
Raffi’s Place
Cathy Chaplin

When the craving hits for heaping plates of grilled kebabs and fragrant basmati rice, beloved Persian-Armenian specialist Raffi’s Place is the go-to spot. No one leaves hungry after a meal in the pleasant indoor-outdoor space. This is one of the better places to dine with a large party.

211 E Broadway
Glendale, CA

9. Zhengyalov Hatz

318 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
Vivid green greens and herbs fill Zhengyalov Hatz’s signature flatbread.
Zhengyalov Hatz
Joshua Lurie

Zhengyalov hatz, the restaurant’s namesake flatbread, combines 15 types of minced greens and herbs, including spinach, beetroot leaves, scallions, cilantro, onion, and sorrel. It is a regional specialty from the Republic of Artsakh. Other than the namesake dish, the restaurant has a walnut-laced take on baklava worth ordering.

318 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205

10. Glendale Phở Co.

102 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

This longtime Glendale Vietnamese restaurant has all the classics of vermicelli noodles, steaming hot pho bowls, crispy cha gio egg rolls, and banh mi. A trusty place for Vietnamese favorites when it feels to far to go to SGV or Little Saigon.

102 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205

11. Katsuya Glendale

702 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Katsuya has a lot of hats to wear, with a large part of the menu serving stellar sushi, but also Nobu-esque composed dishes meant to appeal to Americana at Brand’s wide dining audience. Mostly the place succeeds, thanks to an upscale vibe and plenty of outdoor seating for prime people watching.

702 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210

12. Din Tai Fung

177 Caruso Ave, Glendale, CA 91210

Americana at Brand gained a huge notch thanks to Din Tai Fung, the reliable and popular dumpling restaurant that originated in Taiwan (serving Shanghai-style fare). Glendale’s outlet is as good as one can expect for modern Chinese food but with a modern ambience.

177 Caruso Ave
Glendale, CA 91210

13. Mini Kabob

313 Vine St, Glendale, CA
Mini Kabob
Mini Kabob
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LA’s tiniest kabob shop also happens to be among its strongest, thanks to the Martirosyan family who run the place like their home kitchen, but somehow even better. Order up the grilled chicken, hummus, and eggplant caviar for a complete homestyle meal.

313 Vine St
Glendale, CA

14. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA
A plate of grilled kebabs and yellow rice at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine.
Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine
Cathy Chaplin

As its name implies, this Glendale institution offers both Greek and Armenian specialties. Start with an order of rice and spice-stuffed grape leaves to go along with the complimentary lentil soup, before moving on to platters of barbecued lamb chops or grilled quails.

1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA

15. Dinah’s Chicken

4106 San Fernando Rd ste a, Glendale, CA 91204

A classic fried chicken spot that actually invented the paper bucket as a takeaway container, Dinah’s has been immortalized on film in Little Miss Sunshine, but the place was actually famous in Glendale first. The fried chicken meals are a feast for the family, using a classic Southern approach.

4106 San Fernando Rd ste a
Glendale, CA 91204

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