Hill Street Cafe is on the northern part of Glen Oaks Blvd just before you say goodbye to Burbank yet this is a restaurant where families should say Hello. The menu has a wide variety of choice that please any picky kid. And I couldn’t help but think that this is the type of spot where I would bring my 89 year old grandmother. The place screams family friendly. My guest remarks, “the place looks like a former Denny’s”. Don’t hold the architecture against the place, you will be coming for the food. There is also humor to the menu with items such as Chili Spaghetti, pot roast sandwich and listing of various cobbler which rival Bubba’s list of Shrimp from Forest Gump. My dining companion and I start with the sampler from the appetizer menu. It includes hearty large onion rings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, and fried zucchini. If you are a fried food lover you will probably enjoy this. However, the flavor is rather bland. There seems to be an absence of salt. Hill Street Cafe seems to have a senior citizen crowd. Thus, they may be mindful salt. I also order the chile fries, classic diner fair. This reminds of the chile fries I use to eat at popular comfort food spot called Cafe Hon in Baltimore, Maryland by way of Hamden. Onion and cheese can be added to the order. For the main course, I have the pot roast. This did not disappoint. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. The owner told me that the meat would be so tender that I would not need a knife. In my mind, I thought…yeah right. I loved this dish. It will bring me back to Hill Street Cafe. The slices of tri-tip marinated so well and served with gravy. Two additional people ate the remnants of my goodie bag of pot roast and loved it. The dish comes with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. It truly is a family style entree. My guest tried the turkey Philly. It is flavorful but we both agree that it is a little dry. All in all, it is a good sandwich.
To read about the dessert including pumpkin cobbler visit: http://www.examiner.com/x-9408-LA-Comfort–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2009m6d5-Hill-Street-Cafe-A-Haven-for-Comfort-Food-Lovers
Article by Crystal Johnson, Restaurant Critic for the Los Angeles Examiner and the Valley Scene Magazine