Bar Review: The Famous
Very few under-40 Angelenos would admit to liking it, but Glendale is LA’s choice suburb. It’s where big box stores and giant malls meet the best Armenian and Lebanese food in the county. And while Glendale hasn’t been known for its nightlife—there’s a roller disco if you’re feeling retro and mall drinking can be had ‘till 10 or so—the SFV’s mountainside city finally has a respectable bar.
The Famous is directly across from the infamous Americana, but, once inside the brick-facade watering hole, the vibe is much closer to the Varnish or Harvard & Stone. The furniture is all wood and leather, exposed brick walls project stills of classic movies and obscure liquor brands are served by vested and mutton-chopped barkeeps who are deeply passionate about their craft.
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Bar Review: The Famous

Very few under-40 Angelenos would admit to liking it, but Glendale is LA’s choice suburb. It’s where big box stores and giant malls meet the best Armenian and Lebanese food in the county. And while Glendale hasn’t been known for its nightlife—there’s a roller disco if you’re feeling retro and mall drinking can be had ‘till 10 or so—the SFV’s mountainside city finally has a respectable bar.

The Famous is directly across from the infamous Americana, but, once inside the brick-facade watering hole, the vibe is much closer to the Varnish or Harvard & Stone. The furniture is all wood and leather, exposed brick walls project stills of classic movies and obscure liquor brands are served by vested and mutton-chopped barkeeps who are deeply passionate about their craft.

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Guava-cheese tarts, made with a sinfully good cream cheese, are arguably the best of Cuban sweets. It’s widely considered that Porto’s Bakery, the Cuban bakery that started in just one room in Echo Park and now has three sprawling locations, is slinging L.A.’s number-one guava-cheese pastry. Well … unless, of course, you’re a Cafe Tropical apologist (as many Eastsiders are), and you vie for its huge version of addictive guava-cheese pie. Let’s put the tart and the pie head-to-head:

Guava-Cheese Pastry #1: The refugiados, as they’re technically called at Porto’s, are a manageable size with a nice flaky crust — although a little less crust would maybe be an improvement. The guava jam has a very nice, pucker-y punch to it. However! Porto’s, especially the Glendale location, is such an absolute clusterf**k, that picking up a little tart here, much less finding a table to sit and eat at, is a thoroughly exhausting endeavor.

Rating: All things considered, still better than a punch in the face.

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