Salsa Grill, which opened last September in Burbank, is a keeper, whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I tried breakfast and then came back a week later for lunch. The fish tacos, served with rice and beans and only available on Fridays, were delicious. It had that fried-fish taste but not deep-fried, which sometimes leaves you with a taste of batter that overwhelms the fish. The lunch special was only $5, including drink.
I also had an outstanding super burrito ($7.95) filled with tasty pork, beans, cheese, lettuce and pico de gallo. You get your choice of meat. Salsa Grill also serves a vegetarian burrito, a bean and cheese burrito and a burrito Ensenada (seafood burrito for $8.95), which is covered with a special green sauce and cheese.
Salsa Grill offers several combination plates along with fajitas, carne asada and chicken mole and seafood dishes.
The chicken mole could have used a little more spice to offset the overwhelming chocolate taste of the mole, but if you are a chocoholic, you probably will love this dish.
Salsa Grill also has a nice appetizer menu, which includes oysters by the half dozen or dozen. Super nachos (with choice of meat), beef or chicken quesadilla, shrimp or fish ceviche or fiesta Mexicana (nachos, taquitos, quesadilla and hot wings) are also among the starters.
The dinner menu is much the same as the lunch menu, but with larger portions. I cannot imagine my super burrito being any larger, but I’m willing to give it a try. I did clean my plate for lunch and probably could have had another three or four bites.
Salsa Grill has a kids’ menu that includes ice cream and soda and a choice of an enchilada, hamburger, pizza or chicken nuggets.
If you are looking for more bang for your breakfast buck, you can’t go wrong with Salsa Grill’s Mexican breakfast with coffee, served from 9 to 11 a.m., for $4.95. The huevos rancheros were tasty and the refried beans were terrific. The fact that my wife, not a big eater, cleaned her plate of the omelet rancheros was a silent testament to that dish.
The huevos con machaca (shredded beef) wasn’t the world’s greatest but it was good enough to make for a really nice breakfast.
I asked one customer how he liked the menudo (served Saturdays and Sundays only for $6.50) and he said, “It’s pretty darn good, but you have to come back on Friday for the fish tacos. They’re great.”
STAN WAWER has been a writer and editor for Southern California newspapers for 47 years and more recently has been freelancing restaurant and travel stories for publications throughout the country.
What: Salsa Grill
Where: 916 W. Burbank Blvd., Suite J, Burbank
When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Prices: $4.95 to $14.95
Contact: (818) 846-0728. Fax: (818) 846-0771. Website: www.salsagrillburbank.com