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Crocodile Cafe

1 rating: 2.0
1 review about Crocodile Cafe

Bland but friendly chain fare

  • Jan 27, 2000
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Pros: Very good at simple things: lemonade, onion rings, pasta, beer selection

Cons: Can be rather bland, reminiscent of most of the better chain restaurants

Once you get past the would-be-Barbara-Lazaroff[*] decor and silly name, this isn't a half-bad little place. This location has a (heated when necessary) patio, fairly reliable service, and a generally okay `ambience,' especially if you're one of those anal types who needs to see their food being cooked.

Unique but good:

Fresh lemonade -- good lemonade -- free refills, natch


The most bizarrely large onion rings around. Monster-size. They are also delicious -- I have no idea what the breading is, but they do this simple dish very well.

I also like the relative lack of pretension (easy on the "sun-dried" tomatoes), thin pizza crusts, and generosity with the ingredients -- things may arrive with what seems to be too many mushrooms, cheese, or what-have-you that makes a dish but somehow makes other restaurants skimp. There is a much-better-than-average beer selection, which also puts it a notch above others in this class.

The Crocodile Cafe is very much a Cheesecake Factory down-scaled: relatively simple, albeit sometimes marginally bland, food prepared in as close to a universally pleasing matter as you can find. In the Burbank neighbourhood this one's in, it is, disturbingly, often the best of a bad lot on any given evening -- in no small part because there is never a wait for a table, despite a constant stream of patrons. I invariably leave contented and have never found fault with any of their dishes, but then again, there's nothing I try to copy at home or specifically go there for. This makes it a good call for small crowds of picky eaters, people whose tastes you are unsure of, and the like: guaranteed not to offend.

[*] aka Mrs Wolfgang Puck; "restaurant designer," and the reason Wolfgang's restaurants look so bizarre


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