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Granville Café

Granville CaféGranville Café (granvillecafe.com) is an all American restaurant serving unique and creative takes on classic dishes, with a strong emphasis and commitment to serving organic salads, meats, and entrees. Their dedication to using organic produce and hormone-free meats when possible is just a small part of their pledge in serving their customers the very best in Granville Cafégourmet. It has been growing in popularity since it opened its doors in Burbank in fall 2006, and will be opening a second location in Glendale, California very soon. Inside, the atmosphere is loud and boisterous since it is usually packed, but the dining area is cleverly spaced so diners are not crowded and waiters have room to glide between tables. The restaurant has earthy tones of deep browns, with cast iron decorations on its mauve walls, and mirrored glass squares. A large colorful mural is displayed against the back wall, while amber orange lights illuminate the bar. Plush, soft chairs are at every table, while wide booths sit along one side of the wall, with fans spinning overhead. Granville Café is casual enough for families, yet nice and fun enough for couples or large groups.

Granville Café offers Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, along with specials on food and drinks.Granville Café The outdoor patio facing the promenade on San Fernando Boulevard is the perfect spot to lounge with friends and people watch while sipping one of their specialty cocktails. Not many places make a stellar Sangria, but here, their perfect concoction (made in house and chilled overnight) of organic wine, fresh citrus juice, and fruit, really hits the spot. From the first sip, you can taste the fresh juices without feeling that it overpowers the wine. Another is their famous Tipsy Lemonade, made with their special house berry lemonade and pomegranate juice, which is not too sugary, but fruity with a slightly sour pucker.

The great thing about Granville Café is their sharable selections! These classics are meant to be shared as starters amongst the table and is a great way to try many of their specialty dishes. The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Dipper, is a grilled cheese sandwich on country style bread, cut into four petit pieces for easy dipping, with a side of garlic tomato bisque. The gruyere and parmesan cheeses are perfectly melted together with petit basque, caramelized onions, Granville Caféand garlic aioli in between crispy grilled bread. The sharpness of the cheeses and the crispy layer of parmesan on the bottom of the loaf is what makes this sandwich so flavorful. Such a simple twist on this comfort food classic is beyond satisfying. For vegetarians, the Sweet Potato Fries and Housemade Hummus are excellent choices! The Sweet Potato Fries as seasoned with fresh herbs and served with Point Reyes blue cheese dressing. The crunchy fries are faintly sweet and all the more appealing since they are healthier. The Housemade Hummus is made with their own garbanzo bean spread, with lemon juice and toasted pine nuts. The tangy citrus flavor from the lemon perks this hummus up and gives it completely new and appealing flavor.

Granville CaféThe Uptown Macaroni and Cheese is a healthier grown up version of the classic, with tender cubes of herbed all-natural chicken, grilled asparagus spears, and fresh sweet peas, baked and topped with buttered breadcrumbs. The creamy cheese sauce made with aged cheddar and Gruyere, oozes between the large elbow macaroni and blends beautifully with the hearty chicken and fresh vegetables. This is always a customer favorite, and can be ordered as a sharable or main entrée. Other creative shareables to try are the Lobster Lettuce Cups, juicy lobster mix with avocado, mango, and tomatoes in butter lettuce bites, or the Taco Trio (one lobster, chicken, and rib eye). Granville Café also offers a variety of vegetarian friendly soups, like the Garlic Tomato Bisque or the Butternut Squash Soup. The Garlic Tomato Bisque is made with wine, cream, and basil, and is extremely delicious with its creamy and smooth texture, bursting with immense roasted tomato flavor. As well as daily soups, they have specialty soups like Lobster Bisque Thursday through Saturday, Southwestern White Tortilla on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a hearty Rib Eye Stew on Sunday and Monday.

Their lunch menu features some delicious sandwiches and burgers. The Granville Bacon and Blue Burger is garnished with applewood bacon, caramelized onions, blue cheese, arugula, sautéed Mushrooms and port sauce. You can even add pastrami for just $2. The Chipotle Chicken Club sandwich is made with all-natural chicken, avocado, red onions, Jack Cheese, bacon, greens, and red wine vinaigrette with their own Chipotle aioli. The Turkey Cranberry and the Rustic Rib Eye sandwiches are also tasty options.

Granville CaféGranville Café also offers big plates for those with bigger appetites. The Land & Sea is a great combination for those who cannot decide between steak or seafood. This surf and turf entrée features tender filet mignon medallions wrapped in applewood smoked bacon accompanied by grilled chili-rubbed shrimp with herbed mashed potatoes. The spiciness from the Cajun gives the plump shrimp some kick but the fresh rosemary adds a fragrant herbal base. The two filet medallions, glazed with a port wine sauce and topped with blue cheese, are amazingly tender, and falls apart as you slice into the pillowy filets. The kitchen is careful in making sure every order is cooked as ordered, as mine was perfectly medium rare. Granville CaféThe Pork Chop Dinner comes with a 12 oz. thick-cut bone-in pork chop rubbed with Cajun spices and topped with cranberry-mango compote, and served with sautéed spinach and sweet potato fries. The pork chops were thick, tender and juicy while the compote added a fruity spread that was very complimentary in flavor. The bed of roasted organic spinach was garlicky and tender. Other notable big plates to try are the Rainbow Trout Filet, pan-seared with a light Pepita crust, or the Bone-In Rib Eye Steak, with red chili butter and fried onions.

Granville CaféOne of the great things that Granville offers is the ultimate dessert sampler, featuring three of their most popular dessert items; Devil’s Advocate Chocolate Cake, Berry Patch Shortcake, and Brulee’d Banana Brownie. The Devil’s Advocate is a rich chocolate cake with creamy white frosting and port poached cherries, while the Berry Patch Shortcake is made of fresh mixed berries layered with sweet cream on an almond topped buttermilk shortcake biscuit. Lastly, the Brulee’d Banana Brownie is a chocolate pecan brownie with brulee’d banana, caramel sauce, and whipped cream.

Granville Café offers great gourmet food and atmosphere at an affordable price. You too, will be won over by their excellent service and fresh fare. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Weekend Brunch begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

121 North San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, California 91502
(818) 848-4726

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