Woodland Hills & Vicinity Eats
Having been in the WH area for a few months, here are the eats I have discovered. Please let me know if you have other good suggestions for the area. Most of the restaurants are in the $10 to $20 entree price range. I would like to find more cheap eats in the area.
Gorikee--WH (very good food for the price)
Corner Bakery--WH (great soups and sandwiches)
Tommy's--(okay burgers, very greasy)
California Chicken Cafe--Encino (super chicken and wonderful sides)
Chili My Soul--Encino (okay, but not enough of a variety)
Crazy Tokyo--WH (not bad for cheap sushi)
Brothers' Sushi--WN (good quality fish but not top-notch)
Shibuya--Calabasas (superb quality for price; absolutely wonderful)
Gochi--Encino area (good charcoal grill your own meats, premium short ribs are superb!; service can be mediocre at times)
A&W Seafood (only edible authentic Chinese in the area, but not comparable to San Gabriel Valley eats)
Mandarin Deli (decent noodles, but again not as good as SGV)
Milano's--WH (okay Italian food, bad service)
Cafe Bellisimo--WH (decent Italian food but not superb)
Poquito Mas--WH (good tacos and good fast-food style Mexican)
Casa de Carlos--WH (not bad, decent Mexican)
Sagebrush Cantina--Calabasas (decent food, not stellar but nice atmosphere)
La Frite--WH (good French food, not super cheap but not bad)
Ruth's Chris--WH (super steaks)
Weiler's Deli--WH (good pastrami, sandwiches, soups; not as good as Langer's but good for the area)
Kate Mantillini's--WH (decent comfort food but terribly overpriced)
Topanga Mall Food Court--good Korean food and good variety for upscale food court but not too conveniently located to the parking lot
I went to Sushi Ichiban Kan on Saturday, and it was excellent. It is the former sushi chef from Hirosuke in Encino, but the quality is vastly superior. I went with a friend who loves Kastu-ya in Studio City and Encino, and she agreed that Ichiban Kan was better. Many of the rolls tend toward the non-traditional, but the nigiri we tried was extremely fresh and among the best quality I've had in a valley sushi restaurant.
Between us, we had: (1) an oyster on the half-shell appetizer, which turned out to be several incredibly fresh oysters served on a very large shell; (2) spicy scallop hand roll; (3) spicy tuna hand roll; (4) toro sushi; (5) yellowtail belly sushi; (6) baked green mussels; (7) a large roll with crab and asparagus inside, yellowtail outside, and some spicy mayonnaise on top; (8) two blue crab handrolls; and (9) freshwater eel sushi. With iced tea and a soft drink, the total was about $75 before tip. (I may be forgetting something, too.) We think they forgot to include the blue crab rolls (which would have taken the total to closer to $90), and even asked if the total was right, but they told us that, if they made a mistake, it was not our responsibility. Whatever it was, the cuts of fish were large, it was a tremendous amount of food for the price, and the fish was extremely high quality.
Sushi Ichiban Kan
19723 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA
I read your report with much interest. I was there about a year ago with a friend and we really enjoyed it, too! It is a nice space and our service was very good. Although I ordered only nigiri items, I thought the fish was quite fresh and tasty.
We had lunch there and as I remember, it was not inexpensive. The quality was such, however, that I didn't mind paying for it.
They were not crowded at lunch on the weekday that we were there and I was a little concerned. I am, however, glad to hear from you that it is still good. I would like to return.
i think the best Chinese food in the Valley is at Chinese Delight on Tampa and Roscoe. that is the name on the sign, but i know it has also been referred to as Tampa Garden.
the hand make their dumplings and cat ear noodles. and they are divine. i think the beef with celery dumplings are my favorite.
every dish i have tried there has been excellent. they do "Americanized" Chinese food and more "authentic" Chinese dishes. again, all have been superb.
from the outside, it looks like just another steam table, combo place, but it's not. if the weather stays cool, i am going to go this weekend and try their wor wonton soup. it looks amazing, but i haven't had a chance to try it yet.
8241 Tampa Ave, Reseda, CA 91335
I've lived in the west end of the sfv for, oh, let's just say a long time. Alot of my favs will be repeats of those mentioned.
Starting east on Ventura Blvd. and heading west:
Kabuki for sushi. Go for happy hour. 4 of us ate there and had 10 plates and our bill was only $40.
Bobby's - It's an inexpensive b-fast hang. American cheese, really?
Went to La Frite for Sun. brunch. I was impressed. They start by bringing a basket of croissants for you to choose from. Would have been nicer if they were warm. Had the lox and cr. cheese starter. A very attractively arranged platter arrived with caviar atop the sour cream, red onions, hard boiled eggs and toast points along with the lox and c.c. Daughter had the fruit platter. Again, lovely and fresh. Eggs benedict were good. Sauteed fresh spinach on the side was just that.
White Harte is just down the street. They used to have a good deal on burgers on Thurs. night. They have a back "patio" (you wouldn't know it's a patio as it's fairly well enclosed) with foosball and darts. It's relatively quieter.
Ditto on Dan's Super Subs. The trek up to Brent's, and the wait, make this my go to for sandwiches. Label's Table is a good NY style rest/deli. I agree that Cavaretti's makes a good sandwich. It's a stop to pick up antipasto ingredients before poker. A few italian pastries are offered. (There's a german deli on Topanga which also makes a good sandwich and has a large selection of cold cuts).
Red dragon has good walnut shrimp and delivers.
Topanga Pizza was mentioned in another blog. Yes, the very nice owner is Asian, but he worked at one of Wolfgang's restaurants and I guess that's where he picked up the Italian thing. Whatever. It's dang good. The rolls are homemade and delicious! Ask the waiter for a bowl of garlic and olive oil to dip them in. As tasty as they are save room for the rest of the meal. They have a great to go special of a pizza, whole chicken, rolls and salad for around $20. 2 teenagers and 2 adults and still leftovers. (Alessio's on Platt for a fancier dining experience is good).
Right nest door to Top. Pizza is Red Ginger for middle eastern. Used to like Shirin, then Green Cottage became the fav. Recently tried Red Ginger which had/has a rest. in OC and according to newspaper clippings, is quite good. Salad dressing light and had a citrusy flavor I couldn't pinpoint. Verdict still out on this place. Fesenjun was a bit sweet.
On Sherman Way:
Right down the street from Cavaretti's is India Sweets and Spices. Small vegetarian restaurant inside the grocery store with good, cheap eats. It's not fancy by any means, but packed with fun things in the grocery store side.
Delhi Palace, back by Weilers, for lunch buffet. Their sag paneer is the best. Shalimar's lunch buffet is fine. They're not particularly friendly there. Anarbagh is the best for dinner. Their mulligatawny soup is yum and relishes with the papadon tasty.
A few blocks east on S.W. is Follow Your Heart. They do an excellent job, IMO, with a varied menu and lots of daily specials. If you're there when they have enchilada soup, do yourself a favor and get it. Again, check out the store. Their "mayo" is a must buy.
Mandarin Deli in Reseda. I crave their tofu noodle salad. My son says their fried rice is the best. I agree. Good dim sum and bowls as well.
Falafel King just up Reseda for gyros.
Korean - Pine Tree Inn.
Hot dogs - Fabs. A tiny little place. Can find the best hot dogs from around the country here. Now you don't have to go over the hill for okie dogs.
Las Fuentes has been our go to for 25 years. Burrito de pollo con rajas and mulitas - mmm. Mission Burrito is a good ol' standby. Vallarta if I don't want to make the trek and need produce. Carillos for tamales.
We were so excited when years ago we found Les Sisters. Since the sisters retired the place has gone down hill in my opinion. We were so desperate for a cajun/soul restaurant in the valley that we gave it 3 tries before giving up. Too dang bad!
Grandpa Freds on Van Owen(?) is the best bar-b-q I've found so far. Although, he did cut his brisket with the grain, instead of against it. You'd think he'd know better.
I like Roy's for seafood. The prix fixe menu is a good deal. No on King's Seafood in Calabasas.
Also in Calabasas is a Belgian brewery that was really good. The beers:) and food were worth a return visit but it was the so. ca. location (a patio that looks out at the mtns.) and lovely ambience that made it memorable. And another bonus? They serve Fosselman's ice-cream! Chocolate and vanilla only, but hey, at least I don't have to drive to Alhambra.
18415 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91335
15013 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Follow Your Heart
21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA
Pine Tree Restaurant
25890 Western Ave, Harbor City, CA 90710
22744 Roscoe Blvd, West Hills, CA 91304
22994 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
21826 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
581 S Azusa Way, La Puente, CA 91744
728 S Atlantic Blvd Ste 103, Monterey Park, CA 91754
563 W Ventura St, Fillmore, CA 93015
Dan's Super Subs
22446 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
1315 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
20022 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
22984 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Servorg, Thanks for clarifying my mistakes. I got back on to do just that and found you had kindly done so for me. The brewery in Agoura is in fact Lady Face. Sorry the other reader didn't like it. Not many places you can find gougeres and my ahi tuna salad was good. Not your typical pub food. Mandarin Deli is On Reseda. And it is the Falafel Palace, not King, on Reseda for gyros. The only other place we know of is California Pita on Ventura and Daphne's. If you have another recommendation, would be curious. Thanks!
Mandarin Deli Restaurant
9305 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
9255 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
201 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
If I am out in that area of the Valley I would have no hesitation in trying Lady Face for lunch or dinner. It's good to see someone actually open up a restaurant out that way with such an ambitious range of food and interesting beer.
And really, Reseda vs. Northridge - who would know the difference without a GPS telling them which they were in? ;-D>
pinpei -- Ask them to stir the horchata before they serve you next time you order it. Those bits of canela are tasty!
When you are there, you can ask them about their other locations; I do not seem to be able to find all of them on google. I know there is one out in the Camarillo/Oxnard area. I think they are run by different relatives...brothers perhaps?
For fun, BJ's on Canoga (near Victory) in Warner Center has pretty good micro beers, TVs (sports all the time), and is very noisy. People are very friendly, too. The food you ask???? Well, they have good beers. Okay, they do serve a passable fish taco dish, but go for the beers and fun. Enough beer and you don't really care about the food, do you?
Some places I would return to:
Shibuya Sushi - had some shirako there recently (Calabasas)
King's Fish House (Calabasas)
Kushiyu - general Japanese food (Tarzana)
Thai Pot - decent no frills thai food (Reseda)
Nippon Ramen - (Reseda)
Vallarta Super Market - Mexican food court (Canoga Park)
Carrillo's is better by far than any of the Mexican joints mentioned. purplescout had to come to your rescue. Believe me, their homemade tortillas, guacamole, carnitas, rellenos, among other items are second to none.
Not superb/fancy decor by any means, yet Spanish is spoken by half the customers, and all the staff. Beer/wine/frescas are the beverages of choice with a very nice horchata.
In same center as Smart & Final.
And I did say affordable, didn't I?!
Another great place is The Baker on Ventura Boulevard between Topanga and Canoga, in a little strip mall. They bake all their own breads and pastries. Their challah bread (Fridays only) is the best I've ever had. For breakfast, they serve mediterranean eggs with a mildly spiced homemade harissa that iw wonderful and unlike anything I've had elsewhere. Great coffee. Friendly service. Just a gem of a neighborhood place.
A better Mexican choice than the ones you listed is Carillos. It's on Sherman Way near Corbin. They make their own tortillas and have fabulous carnitas and tamales.
I like the salads at Damon & Pythias in the Calabasas Commons. They are a little expensive, but the steak and strawberry salad (an occasional special) is extraordinary and worth the price.
brent's deli is an obvious one and their new place in westlake is an upscale version of the original. They are pesonal friends so I am biased.
For sushi actually a hidden place in chatsworth called omino sushi.
also in chatsworth for mexican food los toros.
I'm not a fan of the roys in woodland hills but I do like the flemings next door.
yang chows for chinese
dan's super subs: and
if you want a bakery delicious bakery in northridge
Here are the places that I like in the area:
Red Dragon Chinese - Ventura Bl. Woodland Hills. Really goood sweet and pungent chicken.
California Sushi and Roll - Promenade Mall...Go alone for the sashimi salad, excellent carrot/ginger dressing, tons of fresh fish and beautiful presentation.
Weilers Deli - Victory Bl, between Desoto and Canoga. Great soups, brisket is out of this world, solid jewish style deli.
Cavaretta's Italian Deli - West Hills. Others have mentioned it already, try the meatball sub....you won't believe how good it is.
Mission Burrito - I love both the Roscoe and Vanowen locations. The crunchy gringo tacos are fantastic as is the grilled chicken salad with tomatillo dressing and the bean and cheese burrito served wet with a homemade enchilada style sauce covered in cheese. Everything is good.
Coffee Shop at Canoga Bowl - Now a greek restaurant with very good food. Try the gyro special plate which is fantastic, big gyro served with a side salad or fries I think. The retro ambience and crazy clientele is worth the trip alone.
Pastries by Edie - French Bakery on Sherman Way southeast of Owensmouth in Canoga Park. Go for lunch and try one of the many panini sandwiches, my favorite is the grilled vegetables with fresh mozzarella. Sometimes they serve it on a delicious onion bread which is amazing, go for the israeli salad on the side, not the pasta salad. You won't believe how good it is, then get one of the gorgeous little pastries for dessert or a gelato.
Follow Your Heart: Sherman Way in Canoga Park. Although it's a vegetarian restaurant,they serve really great mexican dishes, very inventive, homemade soups and the best red zinger iced tea. Sit outside on the patio, the restaurant inside is a little cramped and 70's crunchy granola. The dressings for the salads are also really good.
Brent's Deli - 'Nuff Said
We are new to the area, but we ate for the first time at Ginger THai in West Hills tonight- and it was fabulous!! Very flavorful. I had the green curry which was great; hubby had seafood salad-the veggies were tender and not overcooked. Ambiance is nice and very clean. The owner was very nice and very helpful. Apps are about $7; entrees $8-$11. I miss Saladang Song...but this was great if for the area!
In Tarzana, there's Madeleine Bistro, which is vegan, but please don't let that stop you from trying it. The menu is amazing; you will not find bland steamed veggie plates here: http://www.madeleinebistro.com/files/Dinner_Menu.pdf
Try the arborio-crusted oyster mushrooms with grilled polenta, fennel-pepper-leek saute and "bouillabaisse" broth; the porcini-crusted tofu scallop benedict with rosti potatoes, smoked portabello mushroom, asparagus and hollandaise; or at brunch, the "chicken" and waffles with mashed potatoes and gravy. We can't get enough of the place, and we have to drive there from Santa Barbara!
I hit Les Sisters for the first time this weekend (no, not like that).
I found it to be tasty and the service to be extremely friendly. I had the chicken jambalaya and my wife had the ribs...we were both very satisfied customers.
Les Sisters Southern Kitchen
21818 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
I have had good food at Kushiyu in Tarzana over the years, especially their spicy tuna on rice cracker - addictive. Also when I worked in the area I had solid food at Fabrocini's. Both of these places are on Ventura Blvd. on the north side of the street a bit west of Reseda Blvd. (Fabrocini's in closer to Reseda and Kushiyu is in the little mall right next to the Relax the Back store).
re: tony michaels
I second Kushiyu. We live in Woodland Hills and always go to Kushiyu for sushi. The rest of the menu is also wonderful, especially the kushiyaki. It's a great place to go if there is someone in your party who doesn't like sushi because the kushiyaki skewers appeal to just about everyone.
Brent's is still the best deli in LA despite some bad experiences. I've eaten in many a deli, and the ones I frequent the most have their off days. Art's in Studio City is wonderful, but I've had rude and even bad behavior by servers, there. Canter's? Don't get me started. Brent's is still the best overall. But I suggest you e-mail them if you have a bad server. They listen.
After years of great meals, I've had to take Brent's off my list. The steady decline in food quality and service over our last visits is the reason why.
Last visit, we waited over 45 minutes for our food (Lox plate and hash and eggs) as we sat in front of the kitchen. The waitress gave us our check at the half hour point and we hadn't eaten yet. There was no communication from anyone as to what the issue was or why we were waiting so long. At the 50 minute mark, we left. As the waitress watched us get up she never said a word.
Must have been an off day.
I've lived in the area for 40 years! Here's my take on favorites:
Kings Fish Market - in Calabasas - Love the soups!
Topanga Pizza - Ventura Blvd w of Fallbrook in a strip mall -much more than just pizza - chef owner is actually Japanese!
Lotus Inn - Great Chinese! (for the valley) Ventura just S of Topanga N side across the pkg lot from Jerrys Deli
Green Cottage - Iranian/Persian Just below Winnetka South side
BaLe Valley - Vietnamese - great lunches 6$ for a whole cornish hen cooked in oyster sauce with rice and veges. 7223 De Soto Ave just N of Sherman Way W side
Outside WHLS -
Shamshiri - Tampa and Roscoe/Northridge Persian bomb! - Again a dyno lunch spot. Of course the shish kabobs but, try the Fesenjon! esp w/ lentil rice
Punjab Indian- Nordhoff behind the Northridge Mall - Great Indian lunch buffet. Dinner buffet too!
And the ever so famous Brent's Deli - www.brentsdeli.com They're famous for a reason and worth the inevitable wait.
Happy eating :) KQ
Just my opinion but, I tried A&W Seafood for the first time Saturday. I was not impressed. We were in and out of there in less than half an hour.
Back to the subject at hand. In WH there's also Dan's Super Subs and Paoli's (I only get pizza to go here) on Ventura. In nearby Canoga Park- don't miss Cavaretta's Deli on Sherman Way.
Where you looking for authentic Chinese food at A&W? I agree that it is nowhere as good as anything in the San Gabriel Valley area, but it's the only decent semi-close Chinese food I can find.
Yang Chow is not authentic at all. It's Americanized Chinese food comparable to Panda Express for someone who has grown up in the SGV.
Yes, Yang Chow is Americanized food and nowhere close to authentic Chinese for someone who grew up on San Gabriel Valley food and had food in Hong Kong and China. I would doubt anyone who eats authentic Chinese would recommend Yang Chow's. Slippery shrimp is not a Chinese dish.
It would be the equivalent of saying that Acapulco is great Mexican food to someone from Mexico, or that Kabuki is good Japanese to someone who grew up in Japan.
What's funny is nobody made any claims about Yang Chow being "authentic." You just came out of left field with that comment. I've eaten well in the Mainland, HK, and Macau and all over the San Gabriel Valley. It doesn't make the best dishes at Yang Chow in Chinatown, Pasadena, or even Woodland Hills not good. Are all "authentic" Chinese restaurants good? Nope. Are there many good Chinese restaurants of any kind in that part of the Valley. Nope. Since the posting is about good places to eat in the Woodland Hills area, why don't you actually mention a good authentic place to eat Chinese in the Woodland Hills area if that is your beef?
I'd call it the likes of Panda Inn -- you DO get to sit down and be served, after all -- but a lot of the food tastes just like it does at Panda Inn.
Paoli's -- that's the place near the Poquito Mas, right? We laughed ourselves sick over the descriptions on the wine list... the food was just "eh".
A couple other thoughts while I'm at it, since this is my 'hood...
Cafe Bellissimo is awful. When last there, my dining companion asked the server to send his compliments to the chef, Chef Boyardee. The entertainment is OK, the food isn't.
Love Poquito Mas as well. Great fast-food. Casa de Carlos is expensive because they have so many 2 for 1 coupons out there. Without a coupon, it's not worth the price.
We like Sierra's on Canoga/Vanowen. Same owners as Mission Burrito.
Sagebrush? Food is OK at best, but the patio/bar area is great, especially in the summer.
White Harte Pub (WH) is good, but can get a little loud since it's so tiny.
Roys and Flemings on Topanga are really good for a special occasion meal, as is Kate's.
Yang Chow for Chinese on Topanga.
There is a new place in the Promanade Mall that I want to try, U-Wink. It looks interesting. Anyone been there yet?
UWink is pretty good. Can't beat free video games.. Even if they screw up your order it doesn't matter cause your playing some game... burgers are pretty good... salads, too. Full bar. Hot chocalate cake and ice cream.. can't go wrong if you got kids and they get squirelly, turn em loose on the multiplayer tables... still free. just heard they're doing half price apps. and pizza during happy hour and late nite.