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Good "chowish" spots in Studio City/Sherman Oaks/Encino?

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gaa Apr 27, 2007 01:35 PM

Haven't eaten in the SFV for a long time...any new places worth checking out for dinner? Not looking for a coat and tie/candlelight place, but hoping for something upscale. Would also appreciate any comments about Firefly. Thanks!

  1. tatertotsrock Apr 28, 2007 06:59 PM

    Firefly, are you kidding me?
    Why do so many people like that place?
    Overpriced, middle of the road quality food with bad service..how is that a good thing?
    After going 2x I decided that even when others insisted on going there and picking up the bill, I couldn't justify ordering anything because that would just be silly.
    Great space for a cocktail if you've got good company with you, but it's more like a tragic, just went through a divorce type of a pick up place...the people watching is pretty entertaining.
    I keep hearing great things about the Boneyard but havn't made it there yet.

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      carter Apr 28, 2007 06:17 PM

      Boneyard Bistro and Max both have very good food. Both quite upscale, yet not overly dressy in the case of Max and even less so at the Boneyard.
      The bistro menu at the Boneyard is more interesting to me than the ribs side of the menu. Both have good wine lists, but only Max can serve you a cocktail.
      www.boneyardbistro.com
      www.maxrestaurant.com
      Firefly, btw, is good and reliable and fun yet hardly upscale in my mind, yet priced above average.
      You shouldn't be disappointed in any of the three.
      Mistral is more expensive than any of them, yet also very good.

      1. r
        robwein Apr 28, 2007 05:42 PM

        Try Cafe Bizou for French cuisine. It's on Ventura just east of Hazeltine; across from Ralphs

        1. d
          Diana Apr 27, 2007 03:06 PM

          How new is new? Have you been to Boneyard Bistro? Bollywood cafe? Vegan table? Surely you've hit Gorikee. What about Leda's bake shop, or risotto?

          How can we know where to reccomend if we don't kow how long you'
          ve been away?

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            FIFO22 Apr 27, 2007 02:07 PM

            Yes firefly is great. Great food, great vibe. Panzanella is also very good too.

            1. c
              Citron58 Apr 27, 2007 01:56 PM

              Firefly has a limited menu, but what's there is reliable and good, and the outdoor seating area is great.

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