The Top Tomato: Market City Caffe in Burbank


I love tomatoes. On top of being delicious, they are packed with antioxidants. Any food that tastes just as yummy as it is healthy is a winner in my book, and Market City Caffe agrees. They have a new, seasonal menu starring this tasty treat. I was lucky enough to sample a few items off the menu.

Market City Caffe
164 E Palm Ave, Burbank, CA 91502
IG/Twitter: @marketcitycaffe

A lovely hostess and Sean, the general manager, greeted me as soon as I walked into this adorable restaurant located in the heart of downtown Burbank (pro tip: there is ample parking at the garages in Burbank town center). As soon as I sat, fresh breadsticks and olive oil were presented. I was starving and comfort carbs were just what I needed.


Fresh breadsticks

There are a couple pizzas on the menu, but I opted for the organic truffle mushroom and heirloom pizzetta. The pesto heirloom tomatoes were the stars of this show. I could have easily housed the entire thing, but I was trying to save room for what was to come.


Organic Truffle Mushroom and Heirloom Pizzetta

The crispy fried sardine was on top of a bed of red and yellow tomatoes and delicious spongy bread. It definitely opened my mind to how good a sardine could be.

sardine 2

Crispy Fried Local Sardine

The quinoa and grilled yellow tail tuna salad was definitely one of my favorite dishes. It was so light and fresh, perfect for these hot valley days. Topped off with a beautiful watermelon radish, it was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.


Quinoa and Grilled Yellow Tail Tuna Salad

The bucatini is every pasta lovers dream. You’re served a healthy portion of a thick spaghetti-like noodle topped with San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil,  toasted bread crumbs, and two cheeses (mozzarella and smoked aged ricotta cheese). It sort of reminded me of a noodle shaped gnocchi. I really had to hold back from polishing off the entire plate.



The last item I tried was the grilled pacific yellow tail tuna. It’s served over roasted sweet corn, seared tomato relish, daikon sprouts and cucumber and jicama. This was a total win for me. The combination of the fish and the sweet corn and tomato relish won me over.

yellow tail

Grilled Pacific Yellow Tail Tuna

Don’t forget to ask about beer pairings for each dish when you go. I was walked through each one and had just the right combinations for each dish.

pizza with beer

Slice of Pizzetta with El Sugundo “Station No. 1” Red Ale

Market City Caffe definitely proves that tomatoes deserve the spotlight with their carefully thought out special menu.

Christina B

Left to my own devices I would most certainly live off microwave dinners and cereal. My backyard has a lime tree, though. And I make killer margaritas with them. That’s gotta count for some domestic goddess points. Am I right? My lack of culinary skill in the kitchen doesn’t change the fact that I love to eat. I’ll try anything. I’ve even grubbed on a grasshopper. It was covered in chocolate, but it COUNTS. I’m adventurous, darnit! I love diving in and sampling new things from different cultures. Extra points if I’m in the country the food is native to. Bonus points, if it’s paired with wine. I’m excited to explore LA and see what this city of mine has to feed me. Maybe I’ll even learn how to cook along the way.