This is definitely one of the first stops I make whenever I have guests in from the east coast. Totally essential to California, In & Out is a MUST for those out-of-towners. The burgers are lean, the fries are fresh, the service is outstanding - everyone has a good attitude and the restaurant itself is always very clean. Since it's such a hot spot, except a line (especially on the weekends) and sometimes getting a table can be rough. I'd suggest sitting outside though - I'm not a fan of their "secret sauce" - any kind of food with the word "secret" in it kinda creeps me out. Make sure you talk to a local before you go, because there are a few things not on the menu that are great - ask for "animal style" and see what you get!
This is a great apple store. I was super impressed with how knowledgeable the staff was and helpful! I had about a million questions about the IPOD, i-trip radio hook up for your car and they answered every single one of them willingly and helped me make a great purchase. I'd definitely go there for apple advice on just about anything.
I had never heard of Tuesday Morning till I moved to California, and now that I've found it, I'm addicted. This store is similar to Marshalls, but is lesser known, so they have some cute stuff that no one else has. The prices are super and the selection is huge. They put new stuff out every week, so everything is always fresh. It's a great place to get housewarming gifts, etc. Parking is a bit of a pain as they only have a small underground parking structure, so going on an off peak day is probably best.
I really enjoying shopping at this particular NY & Co. It's really easy to access right in the Burbank mall. They almost always have a sale going on. Their merchandise is always hip and they have a pretty great selection, all well priced. The only bummer is that they are sometimes short staffed it seems and the lines at the check out can be almost out the door on the weekends and if that's the case, it's not worth waiting because it moves so slow.
I love the Media City Center. It's basically all of downtown Burbank (where I live) - there's always a great scene going on. Coffeeshops and music stores, ice cream parlors and a few movie complexes - some great restaurants, too, and of course all kinds of shopping. If you live in that part of Burbank, I'd suggest just walking down to see what all the hype is about because parking can be a pain, but if you have to drive, park in the city parking lot up off Third Street and Orange (definitely less frustration).
This place has some great shops and restaurant. My favorites are The Cheesecake Factory and definitely the Ben & Jerry's (be on the look out for the annual free cone day)! Parking is pretty easy since they have a huge parking garage and I'm pretty sure they validate. They also have a pretty big movie complex as well. This place can get pretty packed on the weekends, so the movie lines are pretty long, but I'd still recommend checking it out if you're in Sherman Oaks. It's easy to access right off the 101 and 405.
I really like interacting with the Fuller Seminary community. Though I am not a student, I've attended a few events there. I'd highly recommend checking out their annual Arts Festival. They publish a great literary magazine every year, too, which is worth taking a look at. I've sat in on a class before and it's really interesting to see how the school mixes secular culture with theology.
I'm still the biggest Baja Fresh fan in the book, and this place is right up there among my favorite haunts! Parking is convenient and the crew is definitely friendly and fast. Their food is great quality for "fast food" - pico de gallo is definitely the best. I love coming to this Baja with a bunch of friends and sitting outside or just hanging with a few at one of the many inside tables. The line is never that long of a wait and your order comes up pretty fast. It's a clean environment.
I definitely love walking through this Pottery Barn. They always have outstanding decorating suggestions all over the store. Their stuff is definitely a bit pricey, but you can get little things here and there that really jazz your house/apartment up. Their style is classic and casual and will work just about everywhere. The only bummer about this place is the parking. If you're purchasing furniture, you might as well just double park and throw your hazards on, because it's rough.