I've started taking the bus to work. I take the 750 Metro Rapid from Studio City to Woodland Hills, it goes right down Ventura Blvd. Riding the bus lets you look out the window and spot things you wouldn't normally when zooming by in your car. There are of course lots of great restaurants along the Blvd. I am wondering what some of your favorites are, especially in the Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino area, but really anywhere up and down the Blvd. I'm not looking for any particular cuisine but just wanted to see which places where the ones that chowhounders liked and were worth a try! So yes, the topic is kind of broad...but there it is :)
Gorikee's in Woodland Hills for yummy garlic Cal-fusion cuisine that is very good deal
Gochi in Encino across from 99 cent store for Japanese/Korean grill it yourself. Very good prime meat, much better than Gyu Kaku.
Went to Rio on Thursday and really liked it.
Tempo is also good for Mediterranean.
A few more random ones...
Chili My Soul, Carnaval (on Woodman just north of Ventura), Firefly, Max, Alcazar, More than Waffles, Belwood Bakery, Outtake Cafe, Cafe Bizou, Il Tiramisu, Uncle Chen's (i know some don't like it, but I like being able to eat healthy chinese and love their garlic eggplant w/ scallops), Kung Pao bistro, Leda's BakeShop, Nata's Pastries, Risotto, Salads Galore (like their salads and healthy options), Dressing Room (good salads and personalizable!), Yamato (another one not liked all around, but I love Peter... plus, not everywhere has soy paper nor takes custom orders nor is willing to do rice-less rolls... they do it all)
I used to take that route, too. I'd always stop in at Brothers (sushi) or Shirin (Persian), both near the Topanga Cyn Blvd stop.