Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of soup, salad, steak, and more at The Riverside Cafe in Burbank.
The Riverside Cafe, which has a diner- and pet-friendly outdoor patio, offers a menu featuring a variety of hunger-stopping schemes to stave off lunch-and-dinner starvation. Feast on roast turkey sandwiches ($7) and turkey burgers ($6, $0.50–$1 each for cheese or toppings) to scratch a turkey itch. For dinner, start with a bowl of French onion soup baked with imported gruyere ($7.50) before diving forks into fresh Riverside salads topped with chunks of seared rare ahi tuna, roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, hearts of palm, and lemon vinaigrette ($12.50). Twelve-ounce pepper steaks ($18, $22 for 16 oz.) are flambéed in brandy, unlike plates of vegetarian couscous ($13), which are unflambéed. Finish dinner with an espresso a la mode ($5), a sweetly caffeinated treat that’ll hit heads like a sugarcoated bolt of lightning.
- I've been going to Riverside Cafe for a couple of years now and it has become a favorite. Does it help that the staff treats everyone like family... yes it does. I also appreciate the laid back atmosphere, the creative menu options and the ability to bring my dog and sit outside. – Jeff D., Yelp
The Riverside Cafe
The Riverside Cafe's cooks draw inspiration from European and American cuisine as they create a menu of bistro-style comfort fare. In addition to baking bowls of french onion soup topped with a shell of imported gruyere, they grill beef and turkey hamburger patties and load baked potatoes with a number of familiar, yet decadent, ingredients, including sour cream and bacon. On Thursday nights, they embrace seasonal ingredients by featuring a specially prepared menu item, which have previously included wild boar and Stilton steak.
Beyond the intimately sized dining room with its "rustic, wood-beamed ceiling," as described by Gayot, the restaurant can seat guests and their canine personal assistants at the outdoor tables. White picket fences and trellises enclose the outside area, and a small awning and robin-egg-blue umbrella protect guests from the sun's harsh rays and dive-bombing pigeons.