If you want to learn a little bit of food history, come on down to the newly opened Continental in Toluca Lake. Not only was this building the same building as the first ever IHOP (International House of Pancakes) ever built, this was also the same restaurant that was once partially owned by Paul Newman as the Hamptons. Because Burbank is known as the “Media Capital of the World” the Hamptons was the hangout for people from the movie studios. You will often bump into movie stars in the area. Years passed for the Hamptons and it went up for sale in 1995 which the new owners turned it into a gastropub called Mo’s. Well, time has passed again and a rebirth is given to this iconic location as The Continental.
Once inside, its modern art deco touches can be seen throughout. It has dimly lit surroundings but the most notable makeover here was the food and drinks here. I was fortunate enough to try some of Chef Jesse Genovese’s creations such as the Continental Angus Burger and Thai Seafood Bouillabaisse. All very tasty with loads of flavor. What also wowed me was here was the level of service from the servers. They made us feel welcome and felt like at home. We capped off the night with their take on a kicked up margarita, The Christopher Oaxacan, a refreshing blend of mescal, pineapple juice, lime juice and agave nectar. So come down here, enjoy some drinks, listen to some live music, enjoy the positive vibes, and relax as you look across the street to another icon, the oldest Bob’s Big Boy. (Just in case you can’t find Continental)
4301 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505