Burbank - San Fernando Valley Information
The San Fernando Valley includes the incorporated cities of Burbank, Glendale, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and San Fernando as well as a number of unincorporated neighborhoods such as Studio City, Universal City and Toluca Lake. It is significant not only for the location of one of the five airports to serve metropolitan Los Angeles, the Bob Hope Airport, but also for being the home of many media and entertainment company headquarters or significant production facilities including Warner Brothers Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, the Walt Disney Company and Warner Music Group. It has been billed "the media capital of the world".
Things To Do
As you can imagine most of the activities that are popular in the San Fernando Valley are media or entertainment related. Universal Studios and Universal City Walk can both be found in Universal City. Universal Studios offers a number of rides and attractions including the popular back lot Studio Tour where you can come face to face with Norman Bates (or possibly a pranking Jim Carrey dressed as mother) at the Bates Motel and visit numerous other popular television and movie sets. Universal City Walk is a pedestrian neighborhood that has movie theaters, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, concerts and other experiences to be enjoyed. Most of the dining options here are big name chains such as Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and Wolfgang Puck Bistro and plenty of places to grab a drink or a snack. There's also a Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and indoor sky diving. The Gibson Ampitheatre features a variety of popular musical acts.
The Warner Bros. Studio VIP Tour is another popular activity that offers an intimate glimpse behind the scenes of Hollywood film and television. There are also many opportunites in the Burbank area to attend live studio tapings of television shows.
If you are coming to Hollywood to find your fame and fortune, maybe you want to start by taking a course at the Stand Up Comedy Clinic or if you would just prefer to laugh at others there are a number of fun comedy clubs including Flapper's Comedy Club & Restaurant and the Dead Honke or check out the Saturday! Saturday! Show.
Burbank is also home to the Equidome, part of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, which hosts rodeos and equestrian shows as well as the annual Fiesta of the Spanish Horse. The Starlight Bowl is where you can experience the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and a variety of other popluar music acts.
Eating and Drinking
There are many options for dining in Burbank from 'mom and pop' Mexican or Italian eateries to fast food and popular chains.
For breakfast or lunch check out Bob's Big Boy Restaurant in Burbank. Established in 1949, it is the oldest remaining Bob's Big Boy in America, and in 1993 was designated a California Point of Historical Interest. The eatery features a soaring pylon sign, an open kitchen and big picture windows, all of which are elements of Googie architecture. Studio Cafe Magazzino is a great place to have a tasty and inexpensive lunch. Try the Rustic Spoon in Toluca Lake for some delicious Asian fusion or the Suncafe for raw, vegan and vegetarian cuisines. Ombra Ristorante in Studio City will please the meat eaters.
Tony's Darts Away provides an excellent location in which to enjoy a few ice cold pints with your friends and offers plenty of games to keep you entertained, including of course, darts. Burbank is home to a number of popular 'dive bars' including Corner Bar and The Snug.
The Blue Room is a fun dive bar where you can drink and dance but don't forget to bring cash!
For an alternative to the usual night life choices Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink in Glendale is a fun blast from the past. You'll feel like you have been transported back at least a few decades as you whirl your way around the rink.
The Office or Fantasia Billiards are both local sports bars offering a place to watch 'the game'.
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