A good, comfortable Deli in the heart of Burbank.
It’s amazing what the smallest of gestures can do.
It’s been months since I’ve noticed Moore’s Delicatessen during my drives through Burbank. In truth, I was trying to decide whether or not I should go there. Was it my kind of place? Would I even enjoy myself, as I’m not a aficionado of the Deli arts.
I’d like to be, but I’m not.
Well, I was wrong. I did enjoy myself. I did like the place, and all it took was a pat on the back.
Moore’s is situated in a bit of a perfect spot. It’s right in the heart of Downtown Burbank, and I mean…Downtown Burbank. Out the front window is the Fire and Police Station. Go out the kitty-cornered front door and you’ll be facing the Courthouse (where I paid my ticket all those years ago). Best of all, you’re away from San Fernando. Now, you know I like San Fernando, there are bunch of good places there, and I’ve reviewed a bunch of them.
But the hustle and bustle is out of the way. It was easy just to turn (a completely legal left turn into the Parking Lot any and all Cops who may be reading this) and then walk inside. From there, step up to the counter and order away.
It was there that the Owner patted me on the back and handed me a menu.
That’s a two star bonus right there.
Y’see Restaurants? Valuing your customers, making them feel wanted and welcome is the best ingredient there is.
Moore’s Delicatessen is situated on a plot of land that’s sorta kinda Flatiron Building like. The Flatiron is a narrow, narrow triangle, so it’s oddly shaped. Kinda like Maximilano’s is. Still, it’s way comfortable. Plenty of natural light (at least at lunchtime), lots of seating, and two “bars” that look out onto Burbank proper. The place had a relaxed vibe about it. None of the other customers were in a rush. The food came out proper and fast. It’s just a good comfortable place to have a meal.
It’s almost strange to put Neighborhood Joint and Deli in the same sentence. To me, Deli food is Neighborhood food. You know your Deli guy. You know what he serves you. I got a bit of that feeling when I walked through those doors.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Go figure. Surrounded by all this Deli Food, all this good Diner service…and I got a Bratwurst.
Hey, it was around Oktoberfest when I visited, and the Brats were on special. Where they the greatest ever? Did they compete with Wurstkuche and No. 1 Currywurst? No. But it was good. It came split down the center, and covered in Gulden’s mustard and Sauerkraut. The bun was good too. Fresh and soft, just short of a King’s Hawaiian in the sweetness category.
I also tried their Lentil Soup. One should have at least a cup of Lentil Soup when you’re at a Deli for any reason. Not bad. I’m hardly an expert on Lentils themselves or the soup they’re made from but I enjoyed it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Nothing really to be worried about. The Chalkboard above and behind the Cash Register is really for specials. If you want a Menu, grab one of the laminated menus right by the Register.
PARKING: Not too bad. Moore’s has a few spots available along the long side of the building. There aren’t many, but since I’m guessing so many customers just walk to the Deli, there are usually a few spots available. Otherwise, the Structure that stretches across Orange Blvd. is just around the corner, and you can always go there.
271 E. Orange Grove Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 478-1251
Sunday: 7:00am – 3:00pm
Monday-Wednesday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday-Sunday: 7:00am – 9:00pm