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Northridge Area Dinner Suggestion?

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!

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

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

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          1. re: DriverPhil

            The Japanese place is Omino on Devonshire.

          2. 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


              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. 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

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

                  1. 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. 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

                        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.