This charming and American urban eatery in historic Downtown Glendale is a breath of fresh air and the creation of Chef Tom Harvey. Touted as an area leader to look to for transforming downtown, Cuff is a welcome twist on some great American dishes and drinks served up with savvy in a neighborhood setting in the Humphrey-Davidson Building, built in 1895.
The room is quaint and denotes the famed streets of old Glendale well. The urban, upbeat ambiance allows for a casual comfort that is enhanced by the food, the attitude and the standard of high-quality eats at the right price. The servers are knowledgeable and the small number of menu offerings begs for coming back soon as the menu and specials change frequently.
For lunch, try any one of the classic dishes with flavorful spins. The Classic Caesar is a refreshing and light start with roast garlic croutons and shaved grana padana cheese over romaine. The Deviled Eggs are a great start, made to perfection with pecan smoked bacon for an added heartiness. Sandwiches include the Fried Shrimp Po’Boy, which is made with a delicious remoulade, lettuce and tomato. The Eggplant Parmesan sandwich is a real prize with the pan-fried eggplant, Matteo’s tomato sauce, basil and mozzarella — then broiled and sprinkled with parmesan. The Amalfi-Style Lemon Chicken is the reason to go back time and time again. The combined flavors of the lemon parmesan broth and the chicken is light and very flavorful. It is accompanied by grilled ciabatta and baby broccoli. The pièce de résistance is the Cuff Posole. This pot sticker-style roasted pork dumpling is in a tomato-chipotle broth with hominy cotija and cilantro that results in a light and flavorful dish.
Not only making Cuff the place to be in historic Downtown Glendale, Harvey has established it as a nice fixture for advancing this area.
5819 W Glendale Ave., Glendale
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