Mother’s Day Matinee at the Colony Theatre and a Party at Bow & Truss Restaurant

Mother’s Day Matinee of “The Lion In Winter” with Mom at the Colony Theatre in Burbank

"The Lion in Winter" Matinee at the Colony Theatre in Burbank

“The Lion in Winter” Matinee at the Colony Theatre in Burbank

Colony Theatre in Burbank (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Colony Theatre in Burbank (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Just across from IKEA at the Media Center in Burbank is the Colony Theatre, enter the parking structure on 3rd Street. Parking on Sunday afternoon (and Mother’s Day) is always tight! Enter the theatre on Level 4. They have a lovely lobby with the box office window inside, a concession area (Coffee, water, soda, candy etc.) and a “gallery” with weird art for sale.

The play was “The Lion in Winter” starring Ian Buchannan and Marriette Hartley. Mariette is a friend of the family, and I worked with Ian a long time ago on David Lynch’s “On The Air” for Lynch/Frost Productions and ABC television.

A quick drive and then Party Time with Mom! On Magnolia Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland is Bow & Truss Restaurant in North Hollywood (aka NoHo for out-of-towners) – so right away you know there’s no parking…

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

They have valet parking on Magnolia (so I found a space down the street and around the corner on Lankershim). There’s a large patio yard exterior and a very cold industrial interior. Concrete floors, open floor plan, red brick walls and bow & truss ceilings (hence the name). There’s an open kitchen and prep area in one of the corners and a large square bar in the center of the dining room. IT’S LOUD! The kitchen and bar noise echoes off the brick and concrete, and as is too often typical they play “trendy” music throughout the space at a sound level that is more annoying than it is enjoyable. It was late afternoon on Mother’s Day and the place wasn’t very busy, so I can’t imagine how loud it must get with a full house and bar. The seats, stools and booths are hard wood, so it’s not very comfortable and there’s no intimate space so it’s not very romantic. There are “picnic” tables under a tented area and a lounge space with couches and small tables on the outside patio.

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The Bar – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

On The Menu: Fig bread with blue cheese butter, shrimp and scallop ceviche on a fried avocado, lamb ribs, pork belly with kale and crackling, chop chop salad, filet tacos and a coke. Also sampled were the paella de la tierra and pork cheek tacos.

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Fig Bread – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ceviche – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Pork Belly – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Lamb Ribs – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Chop Chop salad – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Filet Tacos – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Foodies and restaurant reviewers have been going “ape-sh*t” crazy for this place. So, there’s the menu, the food and the service left to talk about. As you can see, the menu is different and offers a variety of Spanish food (on small plates). I did not have a good experience with the food and for all the people that were working there, I thought the service could have been much better! (I counted three managers, two hostesses, two bartenders, five cooks and six servers for a half empty restaurant)

Everything sounds and looks good, but the taste part was my issue: the lamb, pork belly and steak on the tacos were all TOO FATTY. The fig bread was delicious, but it’s more like cake than bread…and it’s pricey. They liked the paella, the chop chop salad and the pork tacos, but after three dishes of disappointment I was done. I didn’t even stay for dessert.

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Patio – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Patio – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Patio – Bow & Truss Restaurant (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Well, maybe it was just me, but it wasn’t a good dining experience. And that’s my story. Eat here before it’s something else…..

Bow & Truss – 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood 91601 http://www.bowandtruss.com

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