The restaurant that replaced the original Frontier Wok.
It was one of those places that came strongly, strongly, strongly recommended to me when I first started working in Burbank. “Oh, it’s got this Western theme.” “Oh, the food is really great.” “Oh, you’ve got to try it.”
Ehh…not so much.
Well, needless to say when my Godmother came a calling a couple of years ago, a lot of Mandarin/Cantonese was on the list, Frontier wasn’t on it.
Not that it’s terrible, it’s just…really, really average. It’s basic. It’s nothing you’re going to skip going to the San Gabriel Valley for. It’s good for a spot of lunch while in Burbank. That’s it.
Actually, it’s a wee bit better than that. Right now, it’s also an inexpensive place for lunch in Burbank. And that’s a concept I may need to be getting behind in the coming days.
I’m not sure what the story is yet on the new Western Wok. As I said above, they took over the original Frontier Wok. Frontier Wok, Too is still going strong. But the original is now dead. The new Western Wok management have kept some of the Western decor outside, but inside it looks like straight ahead Catonese-American. Lots and lots of fried up stuff that’s made sugary sweet for the American palate. It’s one cut above Panda Express. About the same level as P.F. Chang’s, only a hair’s bit more authentic. Actual Asians are working in front of and behind the counter. You will not regret a meal here. It’s not bad, but…better exists down the highway in the San Gabriel Valley.
You know what it reminds me of? Seriously? Gourmet 88 in Burbank, possibly the best Chinese place in Burbank and…well, that ain’t saying much.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I don’t know why I’m a sucker for Sautéed String Beans, but I am. They weren’t the greatest dish of string beans I’ve ever had (that distinction belongs to Lunasia), but they were really, really good. I’d have them again if possible.
The Lunch special, which was really, really cheap (by which I mean affordable), also came with a bit of Wonton Soup. Not bad, but then I’ve never been the biggest fan of Wonton Soup ever. They also came with an egg roll.
What can I say. This isn’t the best Chinese place (or Chinese American place) in Burbank, but Western Wok has narrowed the gap significantly. It is a perfectly acceptable substitute for Gourmet 88. You can eat here, and eat here affordably, and not feel ashamed.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The main warning I’d give is that Western sits on an odd spit of land, so pulling in to the Parking Lot, if you’re coming northward from the direction of Hollywood, it can be a bit of difficult to get in, moving against the flow of near constant traffic on Hollywood Way. But don’t worry, you will get in…
PARKING: Not to shabby. Like Frontier Wok before it, Western Wok has kept the same basic layout, and best of all it’s all free. You should be able to find a spot in the lot without too much trouble.
1311 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
Tel: (818) 566-9985
Monday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm