Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants and Special Events in the San Fernando Valley

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More Umami: Burbank (at the edge of Toluca Lake) is the now the home of the 17th Umami Burger to open in just five years. With recent openings in Miami and Oakland and the upcoming mega-locale in Greenwich Village, New York next week, Los Angeles based owner Adam Fleischman is spreading Umami fever throughout the nation.

Although hot dogs are served at some of the eateries, Umami Burbank  is the first to truly embrace the hot dog with its own menu section.  Fittingly, it replaces Papoo’s Hot Dog Show which was a landmark for 62 years.  The exterior bones of the restaurant remain intact, but the interior got a complete redo with tufted booths,  black and white checkered floor and printed damask wall paper.  The hot dog menu features eight different dogs (including a corn dog!) with ingredients such as truffle cheese,  beer cheddar cheese, stringed onions, bbq sauce and more.  The Burbank special burger is the Show Burger with Hak’s BBQ sauce, beer cheddar cheese, a giant onion ring and bacon lardons. There’s also a selection of salads (love the truffled beet salad), sides (smashed potatoes are a must), a beer/wine menu, plus some very fun soda drinks. If red meat isn’t your thing, then try the Ahi Tuna Burger, Green Bird (turkey) or the Earth Burger (veggie). You can go meatless or bunless too. Just ask.

Umami Burbank is situated on a burger-centric corner across from Mo’s and caddy corner to Bob’s Big Boy — and across from the Falcon Theater if you want to catch a play too. 4300 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.433.3680. Open daily 11 a.m.-midnight.

Ventura (the city) based Prime Steakhouse just opened its second location in Agoura in the former Sunset Room space which spans 7000 square feet. They are celebrating with  an opening party tonight (July 22) with champagne, appetizers and live music on the outside patio followed by a three-course dinner. $30 per person. Reservations only (818)292-5111.  The menu at both locations includes three sizes of prime rib, top sirloin, lamb, filet mignon, chicken and seafood.  Happy Hour is extensive with $6 martinis, well drinks, beer, wine and a food menu that includes sirloin, chicken, salmon and ahi salads; mussels; tacos, chile rellanos, nachos and a sandwich made with prime rib; tuna tartare, mac n’ cheese; quesadilla; kobe beef burger and more. 29020 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, (805) 652-1055

Tonight (July 22) is Spanish Wine Night at Peasant Wine Bistro in Tarzana. Enjoy a taste of Spain with tapas and and a grand paella paired with  five Spanish wines. Seating is limited for this private event. $75 per person. RSVP online  email eat@peasantwinebistro.com or call (818) 708-7081. 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana.

Daily Grill in Studio City (Ventura and Laurel Cyn.) is marking their 20th Anniversary by celebrating with 50% off all bottles of Tolosa Wine through the end of August for Preferred Members. After the discount, bottles with range from $15-$19.50. If you aren’t a Preferred Member, sign up on the Daily Grill website.

The Cheesecake Factory is honoring National Cheesecake Day on Tuesday, July 30 with a half-price special on any slice when you dine in on that day only. Check out the newest flavor which will be unveiled especially for the occasion  — Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore.





About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.