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Cheap, yummy lunch in Canoga Pk. Any suggestions?

I'm visiting a new customer in Canoga Park next week, have spent no time in that area and am looking for a place to pop in for a cheap, relatively quick lunch. My general preferences tend toward hole-in-the-wall sort of places for the tasty and exotic (well, not run of the mill American stuff, anyway), but I'm also a back-easter so any pretty good NY-variety deli or pizza would be great too. I'll be on Canoga between Nordhoff & Roscoe so recommendations in that general vicinity are most appreciated.

Thanks all!

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  1. Gorikee's in Woodland Hills off of Ventura and DeSoto is a great hole in the wall if you like garlic, but it's not quick. They have a website, and lunch is a super deal under $10 for gourmet food.

    Topanga Mall off of Victory and Topanga Canyon has a super food court with Korean, sushi bar, salad, coral tree cafe, among others

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    1. re: WHills

      I love the new updated Topanga Mall food court - it's beautiful and the food looks exciting but I find it very pricey. A friend and I just ate there. We got at the Korean place, 2 beef/port combos (total of two bowls) and one water and it was $20.

      Honestly to me that is too expensive for mall food. My pork was cold.

    2. Gotta back my peeps and say go to Nipa Hut for some Filipino food. IT's your basic turo-turo, hot line with different items everyday. YOu can't go wrong with the Lechon Kawali and a hearty soup like Sinigang. If you're lucky, they'll have garlic fried chicken, its to die for!

      a 2 item combo is $4.75 plus tax, with drink, you're set back maybe $6.50?

      Nipa hut is on Sherman way, just west of Topanga Cyn.

      1. Mmmmmmm ... garlic! Speed be damned when garlic is involved. Thanks for the rec.

        And thanks too for the food court suggestion. I'm always inclined to assume them pits of food despair unless someone tells me otherwise and I'll be in CP often enough to want a good handfull of options.

        1. Les Sisters - 21818 Devonshire (1 block east of Topanga) in Chatsworth. Incredible southern food (don't be afraid of the catfish). No reservations, park on the street, small place - get there early to get a table. If you get the lemonade, make sure you add sugar before you drink it.

          Woodlands - (woodlandschatsworth.com). Very good Indian food however it is vegetarian (if that puts you off). Tight parking lot but no available street parking.

          Vincenzo's Pizza - (vincenzospizza.com) Chatsworth location is nearby. I'd advise against getting a slice (why get a slice when you can call ahead and a personal pizza). My favourite pizza outside of Brooklyn.

          San Carlo Italian Deli - 10178 Mason (in the large strip mall). Packed but efficient. You'll love any sandwich you get.

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          1. re: librarian

            I second all these suggestions, especially Les Sisters and Woodlands. To me, they are on complete opposites of the carnivore-herbivore spectrum, so depending on what mood you're in you'll eat well.

          2. I second Gorikee's. At lunch they serve something called the Wimpy Burger, which is topped with gingered onions and served with spicy shoestring fries. I sneak away from the office to grab lunch there by myself sometimes. Mmmm - may have to do that tomorrow.

            Carrillo's is a great spot for authentic Mexican - homemade tortillas, wonderful carnitas. On Sherman Way near Corbin. Definitely a hole in the wall.

            Pine Tree has decent Korean food. Reseda near Roscoe.

            Mandarin Deli has great Chinese dumplings, soups, cold dishes. Reseda near Nordhoff.

            Have a nice day.