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My office manager is going to some sort of event at Universal, and I have persuaded him that under no conditions does he want to eat at CityWalk Foodertainment Hell. So, what's tasty and inexpensive to reasonable (i.e., not aboslute hole-in-wall) within a five minute drive from Universal?
Thai?
Italian, besides Caioti?
Anything else?

thanks in advance

r gould-saltman

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  1. Try Micelli's, where Ventura Boulevard becomes Cahuenga, very close to Universal. It's Italian, a tad themy (singing waitstaff), but not bad. It's fun, kitschy, and the food is passably okay. It won't break the bank, either. With a full bar, it'll be a good alternative to anything in Universal.

    1. Sushi Nozawa and Sushi Dan are both nearby.
      But I just read that Versailles opened a branch at City Walk, so if he CANT leave - id send him there.
      Also the Smokehouse is down Barhnam blvd. near the WB gate.

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      1. re: SRosie

        Nozawa is not inexpensive and I have never eaten at Dan... the Versaille at Citywalk is a fastfood type in the food court area - Micelli's is a good call. There's Minibar which depending on what you eat/drink can be reasonable or on the pricey side...
        California Canteen on Caheunga may be a good choice - there's the Vegan Express (but that is sort of a hole in the wall) and Poquito Mas (also a hole- but yummy!) -- OH! I know - How about The Bird Cage?? (Tujunga/Ventura) -- perfect choice! check it out..www.birdcageclub.com

        1. re: SRosie

          I've been to the Versailles at Citywalk. It's sad, sad, sad.
          Versailles (the original Venice branch) isn't brilliant, but I've never had a BAD meal there, and for $5 (the price of the lunch special when I took my wife there on our first date...) how far wrong could you go? The Citywalk fast-food branch was overpriced, bland, and dismal, though.

          1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

            That the food at Citywalk is overpriced, bland, dismal..etc., is what is Citywalk. It is really for tourists, not locals. You take out of town friends or relatives, but going there as a local and looking for something good is kind of...well, just don't do it. There are plenty of good places to eat within a few minutes drive of Citywalk. But if you must eat there, then don't expect a bargain. Or a gourmet meal. It is what it is.

        2. Ca' del Sole is good, if the price isn't too high for you. I've also heard Barsac Brasserie is good, but I've never been there. Little Toni's on Lankershim in North Hollywood is great for pizza and spaghetti.

          Little Toni's, 4745 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
          818-763-0131

          Ca' del Sol, 4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood
          818-985-4669

          http://www.barsac.com/

          1. Amir's Falafel
            11711 Ventura Boulevard
            Studio City, CA 91604-2616
            Five minutes away from Universal.
            Decent and inexpensive.