A pretty good Burgers and Nachos place in Burbank.
When you’re young, you don’t think about things like cuisine or gastronomy. It’s really all about getting fed at the lowest price point possible. Fortunately, times change, and tastes change. You grow up. You mature. You get into different things.
Islands used to be, for me and my buddies a frequent hangout. It was a cheap place that we’d all enjoy before or after a movie. You know. You roll in there for a beer, maybe share a plate of nachos, or if you really wanted to splurge, you’d get a sandwich.
Well, those days are done now. We are…well, I am off to more adventurous eating. But Island’s isn’t a bad place. In fact, you’ll find that the food there is pretty good, comparatively speaking. Still, there are higher mountains to climb, and if this blog has been about anything, it’s been about finding them.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: My thing while at Islands were the Birds of Paradise Chicken Sandwiches (which is what they called them back in my day). Mine was the Flamingo, which they don’t carry anymore. The Flamingo was a Chicken Breast sandwich with mayo and honey mustard. Very tasty. The closest thing they have now is the Shorebird, which is the same thing, only no honey mustard. There’s also a Toucan…which is the same thing, only with Teriyaki sau–
–and I’m sensing a pattern emerging here.
The Nachos were also pretty good, but…hell…they’re Nachos. What do you expect. We also had the Cheddar Fries once or twice. They weren’t bad.
Look, it’s Sports Bar Food. It’s not like reinventing the wheel or anything. The good part is, it’s tasty Sports Bar food. So at least it has that going for it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing really stands out as a problem. I will say that in the way Burbank is now laid out, where it used to be at the heart of the action, it’s now way off to the side. It may be a bit hard to find.
PARKING: Consult our Burbank Parking Map, but it’s literally next door to two HUGE Parking Structures. But failing that, you literally can’t go wrong Parking elsewhere and walking. At most we’re only talking a few un-air-conditioned blocks.
101 E Orange Grove Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 566-7744
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 11 pm