A shared meal allows you to become familiar with someone face-to-face, unlike dropping a walkie-talkie in their mailbox with a note that says, "Just talk." Opt for a more personable approach to socialization with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a three-course meal of French-inspired cuisine for two (up to a $57.50 total value) at The Riverside Café in Burbank. The three courses include:
- A shared bowl of french onion soup (a $7.50 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $20 value each)
- A dessert (up to a $10 value)
The Riverside Café quells hunger pangs with a variegated menu of ambrosial starters, entrees, and frequently rotated desserts, accompanied by a pet-friendly patio. To kick-start feasts, dining duos sink spoons into the creamy tides of a french onion soup, which bakes with imported gruyere cheese and emits wafts that tickle sniffers like an overly affectionate mustache. Succulent entrees follow in the form of dijonnaise chicken, pepper steak, or shepherd's pie, with savory, seasoned ground lamb hiding beneath a delicate cover of mashed-potato crust. Lightly battered cod sidles up next to a pool of tangy tartar sauce to create a platter of fish and chips, while vegetarian couscous sates herbaceous cravings with fresh veggies sautéed with harissa. Finally, desserts afford pairs the sugar-driven energy needed for somersault races to the car with alluring platters of chocolate-mousse pie, crêpes suzette, or croissant-and-brandy pudding.
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.