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Moving to Northridge ... need recommendations

Moving from Burbank to Northridge next week. I'm thinking that Northridge will be much better, food-wise. I have my favorites already in that area (Mandarin Deli, Woodlands, Madras Masala, Vegetable Delight) but it's been 12 years since I've lived there and I need fresh information! Is the very yummy Thai Gourmet still on Reseda at Parthenia? Aside from Brent's, where is everyone eating breakfast? What about pizza? Korean? Vietnamese? A good bowl of soup? Thanks in advance.

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  1. pizzasaurus rex (don't laugh) on lassen and white oak has quality pizza on the cheap.

    there's also a fairly new restaurant on reseda and praire called Emile's that has a huge menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. I haven't eaten there yet, but every time I pass by there's a good crowd inside.

    The only Korean food I know of in the area is Kings Mongolian BBQ house on Reseda and Plummer, but that's decent bet at best.

    Tasty food seems hard to come by in the ridge and picking out a consistent asian go-to spot is hit or miss. I do like Hot Wok Cafe next to Vons on Nordhoff and Reseda, though.

    1. try the food court in galleria market (southwest corner of reseda and devonshire). the stall in the far southern wall has good grilled beef and soup combos.

      1. also, shamshiri on the northwest corner of tampa and roscoe serves very good persian food.

        there is a new thai place (that also serves sushi haha) opening up near the northridge mall in the next few months. i heard a lot of staff from one of the ocha branches is going to work there. if the food is similar then it may be more authentic than other thai places in the area.

        i order teriyakiya a lot. balboa, near devonshire i think (across the street from staples/el pollo loco). mostly a take out place for teriyaki dishes.

        try hatano on the north side of parthenia, just west of tampa. they have good japanese noodles and other selections like katsu don, etc.

        there is another chowhound thread here about two banh mi places on sherman way, west of reseda blvd.

        also i eat at tapioca express on on nordhoff across the street from csun (x street lindley i think). they have a good fried pork chop and rice dish- the rice is not great, but the pork chops are good and they serve it with pickled vegetables and a boiled soy egg (authentic taiwan style).

        chains i frequent are chipotle (reseda blvd, north of nordhoff i think), l&l hawaiian bbq (northwest corner of reseda and devonshire), and in n out burger (in the wal mart shopping center, on rinaldi west of corbin).

        1. There is a fast food Greek place that I like---its on Reseda and has a bright yellow sign. I think its called Gyro King or Gyro Palace, something like that. Its near the college. Good stuff!

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          1. Ravanelli's Pizza on Reseda and Chase(?) (south of Parthenia) has really good pizza.
            Cupids Hot Dogs - a childhood institution for me on Parthenia just south of Nordhoff.
            Alessio's Italian on Reseda Bl just south of Lassen (or is that Plummer??).

            1. Lots of good places in and around Northridge aside from the ones you mentioned.

              Thai Gourmet I believe was on Parthenia & Lindley next to the computer store, I don't think it's there anymore. There is a Thai place at Parthenia & Reseda, Thai BBQ which has good BBQ chicken.

              The best Thai in the area IMO is Top Thai on Reseda north of Sherman Way. They do a great job with all the usual Thai dishes and also have a lot of Northern Thai specialties that you don't find most places. Here's a link to LAT article.

              For pizza you have D'Amores on Winnetka or LA's Best at Desoto/Lassen which is a former output of D'Amores and basically has the same pizza for a little less $. Also Brooklyn Pizza on Tampa is ok. I eat Z Pizza in Porter Ranch alot since it's about a block from my house, it's pretty good. There is also Ameci's at Tampa/Rinaldi, haven't tried it yet.

              Chinese - Mandarin Deli or A&W Seafood across the street has good dim sum and HK style seafood, not as good as SGV but a lot closer.

              Vietnamese - Pho So 1 - Reseda/Sherman Way.

              Korean - there's a new Korean bbq place on Reseda next to Alessio, haven't been there. There's also Pine Tree on Reseda/Roscoe which is pretty good.

              Buenos Aires Grille for Argentinian (Corbin/Nordhoff) - good & inexpensive.

              Japanese curry etc. - E&E Cafe (Reseda/Nordhoff) or Small Island (Reseda/Plummer


              Sushi - Yanagi (Corbin/Nordhoff) or Hyakumi (on Plummer next to Gelsons)

              Alessio (Reseda bet Lassen & Plummer) - by far the best Italian around

              Greek - Alexis (Tampa/Nordhoff)

              Hot's Cantina (Reseda/Devonshire) neuvo-Mexican, maybe a little overpriced but the food is very good & fresh.

              Ribs - Outdoor Grill (Reseda/Devonshire)

              Also right there is L&L Hawaiian BBQ, decent lunch place.

              Middle Eastern - Olympia Kebob House is very good, if not a bit overpriced. Chatsworth/Zelzah

              Italia Bakery & Deli - great Italian subs and deli.(SF Mission/Balboa) Also another good sub place is My Hero on Reseda/Plummer.

              I'm sure there are lots of others that are escaping me right now but this should get you started.....

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              1. re: markn

                Yes! Top Thai - that place has been there forever! We used to go when I was little and lived in Reseda.
                Also, don't forget Las Fuentes for really good Mexican (try the Burrito de Bistek Encebollado - steak & grilled onion burrito) SO GOOD!! On Vanowen just east of Reseda. There is also their sister restaurant on Reseda, just south of Reseda, Melodies. Not as many choices or all the salsas as Las Fuentes, but less people!

                1. re: WildSwede

                  Yes forgot about Mexican, in addition to those you mentioned there is Carillo's on Sherman Way/Corbin & Sabroso's on Vanowen/Corbin. And probably my favorite Dos Arbolitos on Nordhoff/Woodley.

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    Correction - Melodies is on Reseda south of VANOWEN. Sorry.

                2. The best pizza in Northridge IMO is at L.A. Lasagna. Northwest corner of a strip mall at Reseda and Chase. Good lasagna and sandies too. Very casual, as close to italian fast food as you can get. But everything is delicious. Just down the street is Joyce's coffee shop. Cheap and where else can you get fried rice with breakfast? I am not a fan of Alessio's, have tried but....rather pricey for mediocre. For sushi I would suggest traveling farther north on Reseda to Devonshire - to Shogun Sushi.

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                  1. re: Chow Bella

                    Chow Bella I'm with you, love LA Lasagna and have reco'd it here many times. The owners are wonderful people, quality ingredients and tasty recipes. My fave dish by far is the Lasagna Florentine, but wait to try this out until after all this e-coli scare tapers off. It's a unique dish that is to-die for!

                    Here are some of my recommendations:
                    Lotous Boba - Plummer, south-west of tampa next to Cold Stone. Best Boba's and fruit drinks around.

                    Bear Pit BBQ Restaurant - Sepulveda/118 Fwy. Solid Kansas City style BBQ. I love their beef ribs.

                    Sergios Italian - Devonshire/Owensmoth in Chatsworth. Pizza is very, very good.

                    Alexis - Greek Food...Tampa and Nordhoff

                    1. re: davinagr

                      Falafel Palace! (Reseda Blvd. between Nordhoff and Lassen) Search the board for my previous evangelizations on this topic.

                      By the way, Lasagna Florentine would not pose a e. coli risk. From http://www.cdc.gov/foodborne/ecolispi...:
                      "E. coli O157:H7 in spinach can be killed by cooking at 160° Fahrenheit for 15 seconds."

                    2. re: Chow Bella

                      LA Lasagna Co is ok for what it is, basically like you said Italian fast food. But it is not in the same league as Alessio. Not even close.

                      1. re: markn

                        You're correct Markn....LA Lasagna is basically a great take out or delivery option if you're in the zone. It is not a nice sit-down restaurant like Alessio. I'm still sticking by the food and think that it's better than just an OK.

                        1. re: davinagr

                          I'll have to try it again, it's been a while.....

                        2. re: markn

                          LA Lasagna and Alessio's have a completely different format and different menu - I was not comparing the two at all. Unfortunately I wish I could feel differently about Alessio's. Let's face it - in Northridge - other than the chains...Maria's Italian Kitchen, Macaroni Grill, etc. there are no other, good Italian restaurants. Since I love their food - I just wish LA Lasagna was more upscale with a wine list, etc. However, I have been the hit of many-a-party when I let LA Lasagna cater the event!!

                      2. Carrillo's Deli has not been mentioned, yet is some of the best Mexican food in the Valley. In same center on Sherman Way with Smart & Final at 19744 S/Way. Guac is fabulous, hand-made tortillas if asked for, and so many good things, in pleasant enough, yet hardly elegant environs. Jeans are way appropriate. TV's are going, and Spanish is the native language for over half of the customers.

                        1. Northridge is my hometown, though I haven't been back in 8+ years. The street names are all familiar, but the chow sounds WAY improved from back in the day! (Though is there still a Good Earth Restaurant at Nordhoff past the Northridge Fashion Center? I still drink their teas, but I really enjoyed the restaurant.)

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                          1. re: Chowsmurf

                            Good Earth is long gone, it's a Guitar Center store now.

                          2. For sushi there's Kabuki (unrelated to the chain) on Reseda. Very good, big pieces, fresh, attentive service, family run.

                            Also on Reseda is a very good Chinese place called Hot Wok.

                            Another really good Chinese restaurant is A&W, especially for Dim Sum.

                            Brent's is clearly the best for Deli, after that it's Weiler's.

                            1. Chi chi's for Pizza and pasta, its on Tampa.

                              Mushashi for Japanese in th same center as Chi-chi's.

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                              1. re: Veggietales

                                Yuuum. Love Chichi's antipasto salad.

                              2. I like the little pizza place in the Ralph's mall near Blockbuster up in Porter Ranch, but they don't deliver. I think there's a Soup Plantation up in there too, but don't eat the spinach!

                                1. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the places mentioned previously in the shopping center at Devonshire and Reseda. Hot's Cantina has expanded their menu and has one of my favorite chopped salads. The small size is enough for two people. Next door is Catch21 which is good for an inexpensive seafood meal. Across Reseda Blvd, next to the Shakeys is my favorite Chinese - Golden Hunan - their tangerine beef is the best. Next door to them is an HSalt Fish that has been there for over 30 years so he must be doing something right.

                                  There is a British place on Reseda near Saticoy - Buchanans - whic has great fish and chips.

                                  1. Wow so many responses - so much to try! Now if escrow would only close...


                                    1. For sushi go for Omino in Chatsworth, it's on Devonshire, in between Desoto and Variel.
                                      The italian deli on Balboa near Trader Joe's and Wells Fargo, someone already mentioned it, is fantastic. There's also a decent butcher right next door.
                                      Brent's Deli is in the area as well.
                                      My favorite chinese is Mandarin Deli on Reseda. It's across the street from A&W.
                                      Woodlands on Topanga used to be a great Dosa place but the last few visits have been mediocre.
                                      Las Fuentes is fantastic. It's insane but the food is great and inexpensive.

                                      1. Is Fair Price Thai still there on Tampa? We used to go there a lot when I was in college and they had good Tom Yung Kai and Beef Salad. But a friend told me there was some kind of robbery there where the owner was shot and I'm not sure if the restaurant is still there.

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                                        1. re: meamhungry

                                          It's still there but under a different name. Higher prices too.