So, a horse walks into a bar and the bartender says "Why the long face?"
The first time I heard that joke it made me chuckle. For days later it put a smile on my face when I thought about it. Because of the genius of its simplicity, combined with its offbeat sensibility, it has become one of my favorite jokes of all time. I am having a similar reaction to my experience at Arbuckle's Bistro in Burbank.
Arbuckle's is the restaurant attached to the recently opened "Flappers Comedy Club" and sports a clean and clever 1920s/Prohibition-era theme. Prices are reasonable (entrees range from $9 to $23), and the overall experience is far better than one could expect at a similarly priced Chili's or Fridays.
There is a full bar with several theme-related cocktails (and non-alcoholic drinks) such as "The 21st Amendment Long Island Iced Tea," "Dirty Bathtub" and "18th Amendment Shirley Temple" — all available with a souvenir glass for $3 extra. The wine list is decent but limited to a few wineries. A pleasant surprise was that they chose to keep the decor clean and comfortable, providing more of a transport to a 1920s environment than a dependence on a kitschy display of memorabilia.