Johnny Carson used to call it “beautiful downtown Burbank,” and the moniker stuck so well that the Burbank Chamber of Commerce trademarked the phrase in 2007. So what's so beautiful about it? Let's start with the food: Ciao Cristina!, Chadaka Thai, Granville Cafe, North End Pizzeria, Octopus Japanese Fusion Restaurant, Picanha Churrascaria. These and other local eateries serve up samples at the Taste of Downtown Burbank, a nighttime feast of the best of Burbank eats, with proceeds benefiting the Burbank Community YMCA financial scholarship fund, and all plates, cups and utensils environmentally friendly and compostable, courtesy of Burbank Recycle Center. Live music, too, by jazz mistress Barbara Morrison and “Vegas-style” swing band Phat Cat Swinger. Just like in Vegas, it's all you can eat. San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia & Olive, Burbank; Thurs., Oct. 6, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; $30, $45 with beer and wine garden, $10 kids 12 & under.

Thu., Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., 2011

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