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Jul 31, 2006 03:51 AM

Is there hope for a great meal in the valley?

Westsider possibly moving to Woodland Hills. How far will we have to drive for a great meal? Looking for suggestions.

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    1. What's a great meal? Are you looking for a Jiraffe-Melisse-Michael's equivalent? Are you looking for cheap HITW ethnic dives? Price range? Type of food? Great wine list?

      Contrary to popular belief, we Valleyites don't sit around all day and eat chicken in cream of mushroom soup and Jell-O (TM) moulds.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        mmm, cream of mushroom soup. by the way, the best way to cook the chicken is in the microwave. (Valley humor)

      2. Das Ubergeek and Kiwi -- I'm laughing!

        No, we don't sit around...we drive to the San Gabriel Valley for dim sum and dumplings and banh mi and boba drinks and custards and fun ethnic markets and more fun ethnic markets and great bakeries and on and on. And then on our way back to the SF Valley we stop in West LA for great dinners!

        I'm in the Conejo Valley, and it's even more barren out this way -- but a great place to live (so long as you don't need to eat too often).

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        1. re: liu

          ...but then you have to come from the SGV to the SFV for great Thai food, Peruvian food, tons and tons of Armenian and Lebanese places, and of course all the taquerias and taco trucks you could possibly want, not to mention the fancy shmancy places down on Ventura -- Max, Bistro Garden, Pinot Bistro, Le Petit Jacques, etc.

          Nope, nothing to eat in the Valley.

          I think it's telling that since I moved from the People's Republic to the Valley in 2002, I've gone to the Westside for the purpose of eating exactly five times.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Das Ubergeek -- joking aside, I do agree that all the places you mentioned are very good. And you are quite correct about really good Thai food (we can include Thai Temple here!) and Mexican places in the SFV (I am not a judge for the Peruvian, Armenian and Lebanese, although I have tried some good places in THE VALLEY.) You are also quite correct about Max and others in this category.

            But there is just something that we like about the San Gabriel Valley and its appendages for good Asian adventures, and there is nothing like such places as Sawtelle or Artesia or Koreatown and the Westside and Hollywood Farmers' Markets and the huge and bustling ethnic markets of the city.

            Hey, there is enough to go around for all of us, looking for anything in this scrumptious city! Happy chowing!

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Hear Hear Das Uber. We moved from the Westside to the Valley the same time as you did and the only reason we dine on the westside is if we have a screening out that way or are visiting my friends or family. But rarely do we make it a destination (as in lets go to the Westside to eat).

              And in the valley, you might just find a restaurant that doesn't force you to pay for valet parking.

          2. For the upper end of the spectrum, Sherman Oaks seems to be the preferred destination if only one area could be selected: You have Max (, Boneyard Bistro (ribs, plus the bistro side of the menu which is where I order from), and Mistral French Bistro.
            Max and Boneyard Bistro both have very good wine lists btw.

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            1. re: carter

              Went to Max recently, after reading your comments about the place. Had a terrific meal there. It's my new favorite restaurant in the valley.

            2. There are TONS of sushi places on Ventura Blvd.

              My favorite place for non traditional sushi is Sushi Dan. Great quality fish, HUGE pieces (biggest cuts of nigeri sushi I've ever seen and the rolls are big), GREAT prices.