In the heart of Magnolia Park is a 1930s-themed restaurant, The New Deal. Although it seems small, it can seat almost 40 people.
The window tables are fun for people watching, especially on the last Friday of the month, when it’s “Ladies and Gents Night Out” in the area. Kendra Krull, daughter of owner Kerry Krull, designed the décor and her attention to detail was evident. She even sewed the napkins with tiny buttonholes so they can be used as bibs. Her brother, Ramsey, is the General Manager and bartender, so it really is a family affair.
Kerry, who is also responsible for creating “romancing the bean,” a cafe one block away, was trained at Le Cordon Bleu, which explains why the food is so good.
Since neither my guest nor I had ever experienced fried pickles, we had to try them. The batter was light, but crunchy, and they were served with a Sriracha mayo. Mmmmm….
Our waiter Keith was very attentive and knowledgeable. My guest ordered the skirt steak with chimichurri. It was cooked perfectly, and the topping was not overly spicy but delicious with just a little kick. My short ribs, elegantly presented draped over the bone, were rich but not fatty, served with mashed potatoes and green beans topped with roasted almonds. Scrumptious. I ate every bite.
When it came time for dessert, we had to take it to go. We opted for an olive oil cake with kumquats, great the next day.
The cuisine is predominately comfort food, and wow, is it good. A television over the counter area plays movies from the ‘30s to set the mood. Parking can be a little tricky (unless you have good parking Karma).
Oh…and be sure to check out the restrooms.
The New Deal is located at 3501 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank. Hours are 11:30am to 9pm Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Reservations accepted. Call (818) 861-7731.
Laura Voeth has worked for some of L.A.’s most prestigious restaurants. In 2002, she began reviewing restaurants for Beverly Hills-based “Women On Top” magazine. She is also a freelance writer.