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Northridge Area Dinner Suggestion?

DriverPhil Apr 13, 2007 09:46 AM

We are driving in from Tucson to the Northridge area and want to have a nice dinner with my sis-in-law.

Any type of cuisine works for us, it needs to be casual with a moderate price.

She thought there was a good Japanese restaurant somewhere in the area but she didn't know where or the name of the place - She doesn't get out much!

We have a car, our MINI Cooper, so we can drive to nearby towns.

Your help will be appreciated!

  1. DriverPhil Apr 16, 2007 04:28 PM

    Great stuff, thank you. We're not fans of the Benihana school of Japanese cuisine, so Musashi is out.

    We can get adequate Italian and Mexican here so we are leaning towards Japanese, Greek or Indian. We would need a Japanese restaurant for my sis-in-law that offers 'safe' food like teriyaki salmon but good sushi for us. A place that allows us to converse without shouting is a requirement.

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    1. re: DriverPhil
      WHills Apr 19, 2007 10:16 AM

      Great sushi will not come with a moderate price tag. There are many places on Ventura Blvd. (around 15 to 20 minute drive) with excellent sushi, but be prepared to pay $50+ per person or more if you like the really good stuff.

    2. Snackish Apr 16, 2007 01:14 PM

      E&E Japanese cafe is upstairs above Panda Express at Reseda and Nordhoff. It is a homestyle Japanese place, no sushi. It is very casual and cozy and run by a nice family. I used to go there for Japanese curry quite frequently. Dinners run about $11-$16. They also have fancy cakes and desserts.

      They endeared themselves to me by supplying a little pitcher of sugar syrup with my iced tea - little touches like that really make me feel like someone is paying attention.

      1. w
        WHills Apr 16, 2007 11:06 AM

        If you like Korean BBQ or are a meat person, try Pine Tree Inn on Reseda Blvd.

        1. Emme Apr 15, 2007 10:18 AM

          If you're interested in innovative vegetarian cuisine, try Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana or Woodlands in Chatsworth.

          For Indian, try Punjab Palace.

          Villa Piacere in Woodland Hills on Ventura Blvd. is really good.

          For sushi, you could head up to Brothers on Ventura as well.

          1. b
            brandygirl Apr 14, 2007 07:36 PM

            As Truefoodie mentioned above, Omino on Devonshire in Chatsworth is very good for sushi. I've heard Musashi is also a good Japanese restaurant. In addition to sushi, it has a full bar and a grill.
            I also second WildSwede's suggestion of Alessio's on Reseda in Northridge for good Italian.
            There is a good Chinese restaurant called Pagoda Inn. It's at the corner of Rinaldi and Tampa, where Whole Foods is.

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            1. re: brandygirl
              Diana Apr 15, 2007 09:54 AM

              Musashi is not that great. The sushi is "eh" not sparkling, and the teppan is below par.

              Pagoda Inn pales in comparison to A and W

            2. d
              Diana Apr 14, 2007 06:02 PM

              Alexis Greek in Northridge on Tampa (?). Kitty Corner from the Northridge Fashion Center.

              Woodland's Pure in chatsworth...very, very low-key and not fancy to look at, but AMAZING indian food at a fabulous price.

              Veggie Delight is near there..good chinese. As said above, A & W chinese is pretty durn good.

              If you can drive to the Ventura strip, which goes across the Valley from Studio City to Woodland Hills, your options open up.

              Il Tiramisu
              Clay Oven
              Great Greek
              Sushi House of Taka
              la Frite
              Senior Fred

              and so on

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              1. re: Diana
                PaulF Apr 16, 2007 11:09 AM


                Alexis Greek is a very enjoyable restaurant with good food and nice staff. I've been there with a large group, too, and they were very accommodating.

              2. DriverPhil Apr 14, 2007 11:24 AM

                Thanks! I am drooling as I read these, any more suggestions?

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                1. re: DriverPhil
                  truefoodie Apr 14, 2007 05:51 PM

                  The Japanese place is Omino on Devonshire.

                2. SauceSupreme Apr 13, 2007 11:40 AM

                  How about Les Sisters in Chatsworth off the corner of Devonshire and Topanga. Soul food slash cajun, but my favorite is still the smothered pork chops.

                  1. w
                    WHills Apr 13, 2007 10:01 AM

                    If you like seafood and Chinese food, go to A&W off of Reseda Blvd. and Prairie. Order a live fish and live crab cooked house special style or with ginger and scallions. Very yummy. Ask how much the price is per pound. Dinner probably won't cost more than $20-25 per person. It's something you probably can't get in Tucson.

                    1. WildSwede Apr 13, 2007 09:58 AM

                      I would go to Alessio's. It is on Reseda Blvd. Very good Italian.

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