East meets West meets Continental at Wrap Express, the latest addition to the cluster of quick eateries across from Glendale City College. The name implies fast food, but the culinary output is actually more sophisticated. The prices, while not rock bottom, are within a student’s budget and the portions, if you choose wisely, will keep you full through that 3-hour bio lab.
Owner Ruben Zograbyan was born in Armenia and honed his restaurant management skills in Switzerland, France and Russia. His current labor of love, Wrap Express, combines Middle Eastern flavors (such as shawarma and lula ) with American sensibilities (as in the gyro burger and fries) and European panache (as in sweet crepes and Belgian waffles).
It will be interesting to see which slice of the international pie will prevail with the students. My guess is that it will be the crepes, hearty slices of banana tucked inside each pancake and then slathered with just the right amount of cocoa-hazelnut Nutella spread. It’s folded over and topped with whipped cream and burnt-sugar sauce. It’s heavenly and probably meant to be shared with a friend.