BURBANK -- The Elephant Bar recently opened its doors on the site that
used to be Wild Thyme, around the corner from the AMC 14 Theaters in
Burbank. It has been completely refurbished in a wild and playful African
motif, and offers a diverse and appealing menu at reasonable prices.
There’s nothing outrageously exotic here as the name may infer, but it
does offer an interesting mix of popular standard entrees, plus
sandwiches, salads, pizzas, pastas and burgers.
The Pan Pacific vegetable spring roll appetizer ($4.95) is a
delectably crisp egg roll stuffed with a variety of shredded Chinese
vegetables. Served with a soy ginger sauce and hot mustard for dipping,
this is a good starter that’s not too filling.
A smoked turkey melt sandwich ($5.95) features thinly sliced smoked
turkey, that tastes a lot like ham, layered with lettuce, tomato, and
Jack cheese on grilled dark squaw bread.
The chicken and lobster jambalaya is the delicious deal of the day as
a lunch special ($5.25). This melange of chicken, lobster and sausage
chunks is mixed in a mild, yet flavorful tomato-based sauce with white
At the dinner hour, this entree goes up to $10.95 and the portion is
bigger, but the lunch portion was more than sufficient. The creme brulee
($3.25) is in dire need of more vanilla because it has no flavor at all.
Good word-of-mouth has apparently spread around town because the
Elephant Bar is very busy during the week for lunch. I strongly suggest
you get there before noon to avoid the rush, and no reservations are
Note to parents: Your children will love it here. The jazzy jungle
decor combined with the wide selection of kid-pleasing entrees makes this
the perfect restaurant for a family outing. All kids’ meals include a
drink and small ice cream sundae for dessert at a price that is kind to
This is my final review and I want to thank all of you who have sent
in suggestions and kind words of support over these past 20 months. This
has been a wonderful experience in spite of the 8 extra pounds showing up
on my scale lately. If I have guided you to restaurants that you might
otherwise never would have tried, then this has all been worthwhile.
Happy New Millennium!
IF YOU GO:
*WHERE: Elephant Bar, 110 N. First St., Burbank.
*LIQUOR: Full bar.
*HOURS: Open seven days, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday;
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; bar open until midnight.
*PRICES: $5.50 to $13.50; lunch specials $4.95 to $5.95; children’s
menu $2.95 to $3.50.