The Smoke House

I am a little embarrassed to admit that my latest guilty pleasure is the reality show The Two Coreys  on A&E.  I love it!  So when Corey Haim met with Scott Carlson, the other Corey’s manager, at the Smoke House restaurant in Burbank in one of the first episodes of the season, I of course had to go stalk the place!  So I dragged my boyfriend out there last week for a little Smoke House lunch!  🙂  The Smoke House, which was established in 1946, has long been a celebrity magnet.  Its close proximity to Warner Bros. Studio – it’s pretty much right across the street – has made it a frequent stomping ground of the stars who often stop in during breaks from filming.

Throughout the sixty years the Smoke House has been in business countless famous names have popped in for a meal, including Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia and Frank Sinatra, who even has a steak named after him.  The entire cast of Friends  used to drop in on a weekly basis to hang out after filming (sigh!).  A Tonight Show  episode hosted by Jack Parr was filmed at the restaurant.  And George Clooney became such a fan of the place during the filming of ER  that he even named his production company, Smoke House Productions, after the restaurant.  According to our waitress, besides The Two Coreys, a few episodes of Desperate Housewives  were also filmed at the restaurant, but I am not sure which episodes.

The Smoke House serves up some GREAT food in a very cool, Old Hollywood environment.  While there, I could almost picture Frank Sinatra walking through the doors to sit in one of the shiny red booths.  I definitely recommend stalking the restaurant if you find yourself in the area.  I hear that the best time to stop in is around noon – the time when many stars working on the WB lot take their lunch breaks and head across the street for a bite to eat.

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: The Smoke House is located at 4420 W. Lakeside Drive in Burbank.  Be sure to order up some of their famous garlic bread – it is amazing!!


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