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What's in Studio City?

Philadelphia Chowhound will be visiting and is looking for some interesting cuisine in the Studio City area. We have a plethora of Asian restaurants here so I am not interested in Asian, or vegetarian. I like meat! What's your recommendation?

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  1. Well, you can sneak westward into sherman oaks and eat at Max or Mistral where good steaks, lamb, etc. are features on their menus. Also seafood at Max in very Asian or Indian influenced ways. Good wine list at Max. (www.maxrestaurant.com
    )They are located basically diagonally across the intersection of Ventura and Dixie Canyon from each other.
    Also the Boneyard Bistro on Ventura just two blocks east of Woodman is a ribs place that smokes the meats on premises, yet my preference here is the bistro menu, currently including venison, and of course they always have bone-in ribeyes available, with your choosing the weight you want. Very good list of red wines, btw!
    When you say you have plenty of Asian in Philly, does that mean you have 25 sushi bars within 2 miles like in Studio City? That is what Studio City (aka Sushi City) is really about cuisine-wise.

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    1. re: carter

      I have to agree. If you are adverse to the vast variety of sushi that Studio City prides itself on...go over to Sherman Oaks where you'll have a few more choices. They are essentially the same place (divided at Coldwater Canyon).

      I second Mistral for the Steak and Pommes Fritte. Good dinner and nice atmosphere. Need reservation.

      Also, if you do end up trying Boneyard Bistro, definitely try the pulled pork dumplings in BBQ sauce. They are hands down the best thing on the menu. Last time I was there a few of us decided we'd order one of every meat on the menu and the sausage was everyone's favorite.


    2. If you like meat, I would second the recommendation to sneak into Sherman Oaks (it's really so close) and suggest you go to Carnival Restaurant for really really good Lebanese food. I highly recommend the quail, the shwarma (all kinds), that Lebanese sausage (I forget what it's called), and the appetizer sampler. But really, I haven't tried anything on the menu that wasn't delicious, nor have I taken any companions who were not enthralled by the food.

      1. There's Killer Shrimp, but I really prefer Max, even though it's Filipino-influenced Cal-Asian faire.

        1. I know you said you don't want Asian food but there is not a chance in, well Philadelphia that you can find the quality of sushi that exists in Studio City outside of the Pacific Rim.

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          1. re: bodie

            Totally in agreement - Philadelphia Asian ain't Studio City Asian. Aside from sushi, there are wonderful cooked dishes. You can go home and tell all your friends about Asanebo.

          2. You might want to visit LaLa's. Its an Argentinian resturant in Studio city. Their Entrana (grilled skirt steak) is really good. I also like their Salmon Dijon and their Combo appetizer (3 empanadas, potato quiche & sausage). they also have a few other great meat choices. Not the best Argentinian in LA but I always highly enjoy my meals there.


            Also, Outtake Bistro is right down the street and good. I enjoyed their lamb shank and their pumpkin ravioli


            1. Directly in Studio City: Daichan (great suggestion), tons of sushi bars (and you don't have Asian like we have Asian, believe me, I've looked!), Cedar House Cafe, Albano's, Dupar's, Lala's, Tortas Mexico.

              Within 10 minutes' drive: Max, Spumoni, Carnival, Skaf's, Carnitas Michoacan, Mazzarino's, D'Amore's Pizza Connection, Pho 999, Las Quenas Peruvian... and that's just off the top of my head.

                1. re: carter


                  I like Studio Yogurt better still... cheaper, more options, and slightly healthier.

                  1. re: carter

                    Pinkberry-stinkberry -- I love Gelato Bar on Tujunga. Not cheap, but utterly delicious.


                  2. Listen to your fellow chowhounds, the Asian food in LA area is among the best (if not the best) in the country. Philly can't hold a candle to what's available here, honest opinion from a recent philly transplant.

                    1. Laszlo's hortobagy forhungarian - duck is good, daichan for hawaiian-japanese, asanebo is an amazingly good place - if you have a similar place (high-end interesting japanese with an AMAZING selection of sake) in Philly you're lucky. We have the population to support it and we don't have that many places like it.
                      For italianish - Ca' del Sole. Barsac has decent southwestern French. Art's Deli has good corned beef. Carnival in Sherman Oaks is great but a bit far- right in studio city is Amir's falafel. For breakfast - there's the classic Du-Par's. good bear claws. I like their pies. Burgers are decent but it's a coffee shop. But a local one with one branch over sixty years old.
                      For addresses and more ideas, go to
                      plug in Studio City for city, or 91604 for zipcode and check surrounding if you feel like it.

                      1. Lots more to add, Wine Bistro, Risotto, Tommy Ray's, Caribou, Oyster House, Casa Vega, Pinot Bistro, Bistro Gardens, Bollywood, Mazzerino's (Sp.?) Spark, Firefly and a bunch more I've forgotten.

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                        1. re: Thorn

                          Caribou at the Sportsmen's Lodge? People eat there? What kind of food do they have?

                        2. Thorn,
                          I could not disagree more with a number of your suggestions.
                          This list reads like the "Mediocre Restaurants of the San Fernando Valley Hall of Fame" (maybe I should start a thread for it). Particularly distressing is that you would send anyone, much less an out of towner to Wine Bistro, which in my opinion sucks. Also, I am quite frankly mystefied by the idea that Spark, Risotto, Oyster House and Casa Vega merit reccomendation.
                          Sorry to sound so cranky but life is too short for bad food!

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                          1. re: bodie

                            Well summarized Bodie - I thought it was just me. And you can add the new Tommy Ray's to your list as well.

                            1. re: bodie

                              I thoroughly concur. Wine Bistro serves sub-average fare that's not even as good as CPK. Bollywood is also sub-average Indian. Spark? Give me a break!

                              1. re: Maxmillion

                                Every new and not-at-all-noteworthy addition to the dining scene in the East Valley just makes me miss the inexplicably shuttered Maximilian's all the more.
                                I silently wail every time I pass the intersection of Magnolia & Tujunga!

                                1. re: bodie

                                  I know! I really liked that place! (no relation). I wrote a review of Maximilians on la.foodblogging and several people posted comments on what a dragon the chef was to work under.

                                  But, if they'd had any sense at all, they would have stayed open past 10pm on the weekends to gain the after-theatre crowd.


                              2. re: bodie

                                ::STOP PRESS:: Wine Bistro has a new chef!
                                I just saw an ad in my local paper, the (Studio City) Sun Community newspaper --

                                "Peter Roelant, who gained local celebrity chef status at L'Orangerie [when?] and his own Four Oaks Cafe, has joined owner host JB as chef-partner at Wine Bistro."

                                Perhaps things are looking up?!

                                I will be going there for a work luncheon, mid December. It will likely be a set-menu, but I'll be sure to report back!

                                1. re: bodie

                                  There are times when an evening at The Oyster House fits the bill on several levels. The warmth of this "Cheers Bar" type restaurant is really comforting. While it is true that some of the menu items may be considered as mediocre, there are a few items that have pleased us immensely, and we go there exclusively for them. Deep fried Frog legs on garlicky linguini and Shrimp de la Casa are two of those. They pour a nice drink, and we always have a grand time. There are lots of regulars who enjoy the experience and we are two of them---well semi regulars anyway.

                                  1. re: JeffW

                                    The only fried food is french fries - forget everything else fried!

                                  2. re: bodie

                                    I quite like Risotto, Pinot Bistro's OK if tired, and Mazzarino's is quite tasty... the rest, meh.

                                    1. re: bodie

                                      What's the problem with Casa Vega? I love that place. Not everything has to be gourmet. Casa Vega has good Mexican food, a lot of it, and it's a good time. Sometimes, that's spot on.

                                    2. believe it or not, Tula's in the Beverly Garland Hotel on Vineland has a great, cheap hamburger, It is a good coffee shop to take kids. Also, the pot roast at Caioti on Tujunga and the spicy Thai ribs at Zen Chi on Moorpark in Studio City!

                                      1. After reading negative things about Spark, I'd like to say we enjoy it and go there often. I love the crab cakes. I often get Chicken Milanese with Fontina and served with arugual. The people there are very nice.

                                        We had a nice lunch at the Wine Bistro a couple of weeks ago. Maybe the new chef has improved the food? We had dinner there a few years ago and didn't go back until our recent lunch.

                                        We like Cafe Bizou, too.

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                                        1. re: kathleenb

                                          I like Spark too. I don't know why people don't.

                                        2. Wine Bistro is excellent. The food has always been top notch for the price.

                                          1. Forgot to mention HealthyCA -- outstandingly delicious and healthy fare. Huge salads and sandwiches etc


                                            1. no one has mentioned the artisan cheese gallery in studio city. this little place serves up great sandwiches [for lunch] and is a fantastic place to sample many different types of cheese. if you love cheese you must go!

                                              1. The OP is over a year old, and I can't believe the only reference to Caioti is to their pot roast!

                                                Caioti Pizza Cafe
                                                4346 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

                                                1. A few doors down, also on Tujunga, is Caioti Pizza Kitchen -- mentioned by a few others. It has amazing "old world" style pizza and great pasta. I live on the west side, and can say it's one of only a few places I can think of that I will drive over the hill for.

                                                  Aroma Cafe on Tujunga has great brunch, sandwiches and salads (and even better coffee and dessert). It also has a wonderful outdoor garden in which you can eat, if the weather cooperates (and it usually does). Dinner at Caioti and dessert/coffee at Aroma might be a nice evening out.

                                                  Sushi Katsu-ya on Ventura. I know the general consensus is that it's not as good as it used to be, but I still think it's pretty darn good. If you want to try sushi with a modern, gourmet flair, they have some great recipes you won't find anywhere else. Favorites include the spicy tuna on crunchy rice, tuna with fried onions, and yellowtail with jalapeno oil. For more traditional, yet darn good, sushi, you could try Iroha Sushi (although that may technically be in Sherman Oaks).

                                                  LaLa's. I see a few other recommended it as well. It's relatively casual (and therefore affordable). Much better than the Argentinian Steakhouse chain (Gaucho Grill). I haven't been to others, so I can't compare to them.