Grab A Delicious Brunch & Some Gelato For Dessert @ Red Maple Cafe in Burbank, CA.

Despite being out of nearly everything people were ordering for Sunday brunch and there being no gelato in sight when I was here, (you have to go around the corner for that), the things I wanted to try were thankfully still available so I didn't waste an hour-long drive out here.

The menu is impressive, and sports so many delicious-sounding options, you just know you'll need to come back for more. The weekend brunch offers Tiramisu French Toast and other yummy options for your voracious sweet tooth, like the Banana Chia pancakes and Peanut Butter, Banana, & Jam French Toast. If you're more of the hearty breakfast lover, consider the 'Eggs & More' section of the menu that offers an extensive number of scrambles, burritos, and flatbreads; or try the sandwiches, the 2 favorites thus far being the Breakfast Sandwich with sourdough and the Jerk Chicken sandwich which is an interesting mix between sweet, (from the grilled pineapple), savory, and tart. The Breakfast Sandwich really is just a well-made breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, applewood bacon on your choice of bread. Their Signature Red Maple Breakfast Sandwich packs a little more “oomph.” And that Portobello Benedict is something I have never seen anywhere else.

They also serve bowls, salads, and shareable plates like the BBQ Brisket Sliders and the Chicken Tinga Tostadas, including some Ahi Poke bowls for those of you out there who love raw fish in your diet.

The drink menu is huge, and coffee is the main event. They're proudly serving up Verve Coffee Roasters, and mixing up in interesting ways like the Cochata, (coffee + horchata), Salted Caramel, and Mocha White Chocolate, as well as the usual Nitros and lattes. My only beef with the sweet drinks is that they are overly sugary and you lose the flavor of the coffee completely. If you want my advice: Order it iced, take it to go, and sip it as the day goes on so that the melted ice mellows out the sweetness.

Parking is scarce and it is in a bit of a strange area for a restaurant, what with all the businesses nearby, so expect it to be packed on a workday.

Is the food good? Yes. Is it worth the drive? Absolutely. Just make sure that you bring someone to share as much as your stomach can hold, because that menu is HUGE!

And if you happen to have room in your gut left for some gelato, just go around the corner to their tiny gelato shop featuring some of the most decadent and high-quality flavors around, featuring ingredients flown in from all over the world, including chocolate from Belgium, and fruit from Italy.