Burbank >Restaurants > Papoo's Restaurant
4300 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA | Directions 9150534.152097 -118.346561
Neighborhoods: Toluca Lake, Central LA
Review "lost in the past" – Papoos was named Papoos by the grandchildren of the original owner in the late 50's, Grandfather in Greek. It has been recently purchased by a woman, Leona, who is not a grandfather nor Papoo. 40 years ago people ate lots of hot dogs, today they don't. Papoos has been selling more of everything else for nearly that long. Where has Culinaryman been?
The dogs they do sell, where researched and taste tested in Papoos for months. They are the highest quality available, not as cheap as the ones from an imaginary past.
Papoos is not a fast food joint, nor a hot dog stand, its a sit down restaurant. There's no take out window or drive thru. If you go there during lunch hour, you'll have to patient, its a popular place. I'm from PA, but I eat there anytime I'm in LA, and I have yet to finish everything on the plate.
Its a shame that time moves on, but many of us don't. But its an awful shame to denigrate a good place with bad data and nostalgic disappointment.
Looks like the best days for this place have been lost in the past. – The "Hot Dog Show" used to be a favorite hang out for a lot of teens, among others young and old, back in the 60's and 70's around the time I was in high school. Since it has become "Papoo's Hot Dog Show", it may still look the same on the outside but what,s on the inside has changed a lot. The food is definitely not of the same quality nor is the service. Obviously the prices can not be what they were 30 years ago but, their prices for this type of food has gone up beyond value. This hot dog stand used to be unique because of their menu and all the different varieties of hot dogs they offered with catchy little names. Of course you can't expect any restaurant not to add new items to their menu since not everybody will want a hot dog but they should have kept the novelty of the original hot dog menu alive. When I ate there with my wife recently, she was on her lunch hour, we barely got out of there in time to get here back to her job on time, the service was horribly slow and this is unacceptable for fast food. Besides the tables, there used to be a eating counter all the way around inside, this has been changed and for some reason the nostalgia seems to be gone. Oh, and one last comment, I realize that the owner Papoo wants everybody to know it's his place but I feel that possibly more old time customers like myself might have been prone to go there if he would have just left the name alone as "The Hot Dog Show".
Competition for Pinks – Good hot dogs, great milk shakes, good prices, bad service, slummy building. Worth checking it out if you don't mind the atmosphere. A good building make over would do this place good!!
Best dogs ever... Period ;) – Back in the day (1950's) it was not Papoo's ,but just the "Hot Dog Show" . There were 7 kinds of Hot dogs from the"Mutt" at $.25 (Mustard, onions, relish) to the "husky" (Chili, onions and melted chedder cheese) at $.45. Along with the dogs you got potato chips and carrot sticks! (I have no idea why but I ate em LOL ;) There was also an offer (unadvertised) of a free meal if you could eat 12! They had a great "to-go" service which we usually used. I rarely fail to visit this place when I am in Los Angeles... Many great memories. The food is still great but being a purist I often wish it was still just a hot dog joint.
I still replicate these dogs at home for myself and friends and always get rave reviews. Don't miss a chance to visit if you are in the area. ;)
great service, nice patio, good breakfasts – Papoo's is a great little spot in Toluca Lake. Their mainstay weekday waitress, Maria, is a charm and manages to serve what seems like dozens of people at once while maintaining a smile and telling jokes. The breakfasts are reasonably priced, and for lunch during good weather, there is a nice patio.
best tuna avocado melt EVER – This place is soooo yummy! ATmosphere has an old feeling to it. The food is great! I always bring all my friends who visit me at work to this place. It has the best tuna avocado sandwiches. The fries are great with ranch sauce. It isn't necessarily the healthiest since the sandwich is grilled, but you HAVE to try it! I always crave the tuna so when I go back to try something new, I end up getting the tuna again.
overated ! – I went to this place because of what i heard. what a joke !. the food is below average and overpriced and small portions. they dont even accomodate customer requests for a milkshake saying "they are too busy right now to make it".so that is the last time i ever set foot in that place.
Fun Atmosphere – Okay so the food here may not be anything special but it's such a fun atmosphere that it makes up for it. The food is inexpensive, there's a tv, some old video games, red and white checkers, and friendly service. It is an old school diner. P.S. - prepare to potty in an outhouse
Great Neighborhood Joint – Work people and I go here about once a week. We always have great food, lots of laughs, and fantastic service.
Fifties-style soda fountain offers hot dogs, steaks and sandwiches. – In Short
This hot-dog joint established in 1949 features red walls with white scalloped trim, black-and-white checker floor, gingham curtains and tablecloths, heart-shaped chairbacks and red booths with cow-print table tops. Tin signs of vintage cars dot the walls alongside one of Marilyn Monroe pushing Lustre-Crème shampoo. Beyond dogs, burgers and grilled sandwiches, there are full breakfasts, rib eye steak sandwich, and fish and chips. Malts, shakes and floats are served, as well as wine and beer.
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