Taste of Downtown Burbank Happening Thursday

Find out what's in, what's out, and specials and events around town in this roundup of restaurant news around the San Fernando Valley.

Experience 40 of Burbank’s finest restaurants, a beer and wine garden, chef demonstrations, live music, and more at A Taste of Downtown Burbank this Thursday from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Performances at the Main Stage with blues legend Barbara Morrison, Vegas-style hipsters Phat Cat Swinger and KABC’s Merrill Schindler.  Located in Downtown Burbank (four blocks on San Fernando Blvd. between Magnolia and Olive).

Start your day for less at Starbucks through October 10. Enjoy any artisan breakfast sandwich for $2 with the purchase of a brewed or handcrafted beverage. Choices include Bacon and Gouda, Ham and Cheddar, Turkey Bacon and White Cheddar, Spinach, Feta and Egg White Wrap, and Veggie and Montery Jack. They range from 280-500 calories.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Brats Bros in Sherman Oaks. In addition to a good selection of premium beers, they're having specials all through October, including three and five liter beer in oak barrels brought to the table for patrons to pour their own. An accordionist dressed in lederhosen entertains on Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.  A weekly meal special is offered in addition to their traditional and exotic bratwursts, plus buy four meal and get one free with a punch card. This week, they are serving up a pork shank dish with dumplings. To liven up the festivities, servers are clothed in traditional Bavarian garb. In addition to Oktoberfest, Brat Bros has got the TV tuned to football on Sundays and Mondays with happy hour prices.  13355 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks.

Gyu-kaku continues its 10 year anniversary celebration with special offers on the 10th of the month through the end of the year.  Check the website on October 10 see the special.  Also, every Monday is an all night happy hour with food and drinks. Soju cocktails start at $3 and beer at .99 cents. Get 50% off apps and reduced prices on the menu.

Mimi’s Cafe is expanding its “Value Revolution” campaign by adding new Family Meals To-Go to their menu. Each of the 10 meal options serves between four and five people and costs $25. Dinner options include Mediterranean Chicken Fettuccine, Jambalaya, Slow Roasted Turkey Breast and Oven Fresh Pot Roast.

Watch out McDonalds....Burger King has added new soft serve dessert items to its national menu. Vanilla soft serve cones and cups are 89 cents. Ice cream with toppings and traditional sundaes are also available for $1.89-$2.49. Get a free soft serve vanilla cone or cup with purchase of a BK Value Meal through October 9.

It’s a community street festival at Taste of Encino this Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Ventura Blvd between Balboa and Amestoy in Encino. Check out foods from around the world, local restaurants, health and wellness pavillion, arts and craft vendors, business expo, children’s activities, entertainment, pumpkin patch, beer and wine garden and more.

If you want to take a drive this weekend, head out to Santa Monica for the BAM Fest (Beer, Art & Music Festival) on Sunday from 1 p.m. - 6 .m. at 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street. You can’t find an event like this in the 818 — at least not yet, so it’s worth the drive. It's a celebration of locally produced art, music and California’s finest craft beers – 20 breweries, four bands, three galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks. 

Enjoy a special gourmet wine pairing dinner on the lake at Boccaccio’s in Westlake on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. featuring the wines of Pali Wine Co. in Lompoc. Chat with winemaker Aaron Walker while tasting five wines over a four course meal. The evening’s menu includes: Arugula & Asian Pear Salad, Wild Mushroom Risotto with bits of Veal Sausage & Shaved Parmesean, Pan Seared Salmon with fig Pinot Noir reduction, served over Creamed Spinach, Flourless Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone whipped cream. Advance Reservations required: Call (818) 889-8300.Cancellations will only be accepted 48 hrs. in advance. No discounts or discount programs valid for this event. $79 per person, including tax and gratuity. Boccaccio’s, 32123 Lindero Canyon Rd., #110, Westlake Village.

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of MYDAILYFIND.COM, a lifestyle site with a free subscriber newsletter about where to eat, shop, play in the San Fernando Valley.


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