At Handy Market, It Feels Like Home


Only aged all-natural choice meats.

At a Fourth of July party this past Monday, a friend recounted her weekend to me. Unbeknownst to her, I was in charge of writing a story about Handy Market for this week’s issue. My new friend told me about how on Saturday she went to Handy Market for their weekly barbecue. While twirling a sparkler in the air, Morgan Wynn from Oklahoma said:

“We just heard about Handy Market a month ago, and have gone twice now. As a Southern girl, I’m hard to please when it comes to barbecue. But they’ve really got their food down pat. It makes me less homesick in a way; I don’t have to call my mom as much!”

Established in the early ‘40s, Handy Market has been an integral part of Burbank commerce for nearly as long as Burbank has been around itself. As the Burbank Centennial approaches on July 8, Handy Market still stands proud as a first-rate establishment and has been under the same ownership since 1970. A neighborhood full service grocer, they are known for their great quality meats as well as their fresh produce stocked daily. Their beef is choice aged natural; their chicken is locally raised in California. They have an impressive deli where they make all their own salads and sandwiches; in fact, they’ve been voted “Best Sandwich in Burbank” in the Burbank Leader going 15 years in a row! At Handy Market, they’ve also extended their top-notch food to catering and craft services.

Good until Wednesday, July 13,
Handy Market is offering $5 off when you spend $50
with a limit of one coupon per person.
Just bring this article in and ask for Alan.

A busy man, I recently had the pleasure to meet owner Alan Arzoian. His warmth was genuine as he told me the importance of being a part of the community.

Great wine selections and great prices.

“I feel blessed to do business in Burbank. It really does feel like a small town where everyone knows one another. We like to keep our doors open to the community; we’ve done it for the past forty years and will for many more to come,” says the second generation Arzoian — with the third generation closely involved in the family business.

They have free grocery delivery for those unable to shop themselves. The aforementioned famous Saturday barbecue is a hit with the locals, as is the newer weeknight dinner program. Homemade family-sized dinners are ready to serve, five nights a week, with a changing weekly menu. Recently I enjoyed meatloaf night, with mashed potatoes and gravy on the side – perfect for the working person or the culinary inept!

For Alan Arzoian, being an integral patch in the quilt of Burbank is gratifying in the rare moments when he gets to look inward.

“New customers come in and are surprised by our selection and setting. The family feel and warmth [at Handy Market]made a recent customer exclaim, ‘I haven’t seen a store like this since I’ve been back home in Nebraska!’” Or Oklahoma? At Handy Market, home is a state of mind.

Handy Market is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week. It’s on the corner of Magnolia and Buena Vista at 2514 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Just look for the big “Handy Market” sign. For more information, call (818) 848-2500.

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