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Looking for good restuarant IN Topanga Canyon

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CathieC Mar 8, 2007 10:50 AM

Can anyone suggest a place in the Canyon, between Woodland Hills and the PCH?

Thank you,
Cathie

  1. Chowpatty Mar 8, 2007 10:53 AM

    Froggy's has decent fish and a great patio overlooking the mountains, reasonably priced.
    Inn of the Seventh Ray is kind of pricey and the staff is hippy spacey, but the food is fine and they do have meat and fish too as well as lots of vegetarian offerings. Nice atmosphere, but heavy on the "romantic" shtick.

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      Diana Mar 8, 2007 11:20 AM

      I second the Inn. Good food, for dinner, lunch or weekend brunch.

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        will47 Mar 8, 2007 05:36 PM

        Third the Inn. A little silly (their menu is listed in order of "esoteric vibration", whatever that means), but they have good options for meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, and raw food folks. The last time I was there wasn't as quite as good as the other time or two, but it was a valentines day dinner and it was pretty busy.

        Much nicer to go if the weather is nice.... I've had bad luck personally - it's always been cold or raining or something. Would love to do the streamside thing in the summer when it's light out.

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      tigercactus Mar 8, 2007 11:03 AM

      I think that froggy's is the best of them all. And I have tried them all.
      Rocco's is not too bad for pasta and pizza.
      Abeulita's has a decent hamburger.... and Pat's has decent b'fasts and hamburgers as well.

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        budlit Mar 8, 2007 11:09 AM

        abuelita's has pretty good tacos and salsa

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          gsw Mar 8, 2007 11:29 AM

          Abuelita's is pretty good. Rocco's is a good place too. Is Froggy's even open?

          Pat's is good for breakfast and lunch.

          Or else just go all the way to PCH and eat at Cholada Thai on the beach.

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            tigercactus Mar 8, 2007 11:57 AM

            froggys is open for dinner.

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              CathieC Mar 8, 2007 12:10 PM

              we ar elooking for a place for dinner - thanks

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            ozhead Mar 8, 2007 02:08 PM

            The places suggested -- Inn of the 7th Ray, Froggy's, Rocco's, Pat's, and Abuelita's -- are the only games in town. I don't think Pat's is open for dinner, but not sure. Abuelita's is OK at best, Inn is fine but a little too expensive (though VERY romantic, particularly on a nice spring or summer night). Rocco's is consistently good as long as you stick to pizza, salads, and one or two of the chicken dishes.

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              Scott Dukes Mar 17, 2007 11:46 AM

              out of all my trips through topanga canyon, ive only really noticed froggys, and thats the only restaurant ive been to there. their chicken sandwich was real good from what i remember.

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                gsw Mar 26, 2007 07:50 PM

                What kind of meal do you want?

                We live in the canyon, and here's what we enjoy.

                Roccos in the Center is good for pizza and Italian and a glass of wine - great fare for a weekday when everyone is too tired to cook. Abuelita's is good, too. People rave about Inn of the 7th Ray - my family doesn't care for it much, but it is more of a special occasion place than a homey family place. Pat's is great for breakfasts and lunches.

                You might also check out Cholada Thai on the beach, on PCH just north of TCB. Excellent Thai food, and good take-out if what you want is a good meal with the family after work.

                We also enjoy - believe it or not - the Chart House as a place to have a drink and some appetizers to wind down on the way home. Dinner isn't really worth it, but a couple of nibbles with a Lemon Drop while watching the dolphins is nice.

                Same deal with Moonshadows, a little farther up PCH - a little more investment in time and trouble, and the chef is good enough to warrant staying for dinner.

                I am not fond of The Reel Inn - have only had bad experiences there. And I am not very impressed with Froggy's food, although the ambience is lovely.

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