studio city and on
A couple of recommendations:
Jumpin' Java - on Ventura Blvd, great breakfast/lunch
Farm Boy - for fresh, inviting and reasonable produce - it's in the Trader Joe's shopping center in Sherman Oaks - across from the Fashion Square Mall. They have serve-yourself frozen yogurt there too.
Spumoni - also in Sherman Oaks, basic Italian food and the friendliest place in the world.
I saw someone mentioned Romanov - have you been there and was it actually good? I don't know if I could bring myself to enter that horrific building.
In addition to the many excellent suggestions above you should know that there is an excellent Farmer's Market on Sunday morning. If you cook this is a must visit, and even if you only eat there are several delicious choices. My favorite is the sausge stand, which admittedly could use better rolls, but still turns out a wonderful hot Italian sausage smothered with grilled peppers and onions. Apart from the lackluster bun it is served on the problem with it is that part of it always ends up in my lap (which is as it should be).
asanebo (take issue with earlier post - get everything BUT the sushi - better places for that)
El jerezano for menudo and tacos Hazeltine near burbank
Bronco for mexican breakfasts, real coke with sugar (mexican) and decent botanas - moorpark at woodman.
nami sushi - just went recently and a revelation - for some things. good food - bit pricey, nice atmosphere. can't vouch for "spicy" anything as I won't eat it. (spicy stuff - sure, just not "spicy tuna roll" etc at a sushi bar - for real hot, look for the sri lankan shop on ventura near tarzana).
I've never heard of anyone that dislikes the sushi at asanebo.
they don't do goo covered theme rolls. The do clean, wonderful, fresh sashimi, nigiri and a few very simple rolls (on demnd of walk ins who want "LA Sushi")
You don't get "spicy tuna rolls" at Asanebo, God Forbid! You get an amazing selection of fabulous, more traditional, sushi and sashimi. I had some blue shrimp there that blew my mind!
Perhaps I was unclear.
The sushi at asanebo is fine.
However, there are better places that only do sushi.
What makes asanebo stand out for me is the selection of non-sushi dishes that are exquisite and that i can't find elsewhere.
Rather than fill up on familiar sushi that no one dislikes, I'd suggest trying the more unusual dishes that are stellar.
If someone wants a piece of sushi - great. But I think it's a waste of the talents of the place to only get sushi there.
And the blue shrimp sounds wonderful.
I've just found the sushi dishes and sashimi dishes at Asanebo to be unusual. Especially if you do omakase.
But thier cooked dishes are insanely wonderful, too.
Yeah, I forget where he said it was from...but he said he was the first in town to get it. It was DIVINE! Sweet, delicious, lovely
Another non sushi dish I love there is the fresh house made sesame tofu. It's like the cream in a sesame crem brulee (sans sugar crust) Silky, creamy, sesame-ee. I want some NOW!
From what I've read, many people on this board recommend Tama Sushi and Asanebo, and although they are quite good, I highly prefer Sushi Nozawa to both of them. My favorite sushi restaurant ever (though my girlfriend and I are heading to Urasawa in September, so we'll see).
Here are a few of my faves:
Art's (deli, not everything is good)
Hugo's (american organic)
Gelson's Deli and Salad Bar (supermarket deli and salad bar)
Ca Del Sole
Sushi Delivery USA
Artisan Cheese Gallery
Vendome (good wine tasting on certian evenings)
Vendome toluca lake (wine tastings on some evenings, beer tastings sat afternoon!)
A little West, in Sherman Oaks, I like :
Midori all you can eat sushi
Sushi house of Taka
The Dressing Room (design your own salad)
The Natural Cafe
The Yogurt Zone
Leda's Bake Shop
La Fondue Bourgonione (dusty, skeezy inside, but fun for fondue)
Gourmet on the Go
Great list, and I'll tack on the following... some in Sherman Oaks, some in Studio City, one over in Encino...
K's Donut Emporium (glazed old-fashioneds, apple fritters and muffins)-- in sherman oaks at ventura and bev glen not farther east
Carnival on Woodman
More than Waffles (Encino)
Caioti (on Tujunga)
Bistro Garden (chocolate souffle)
Ralph's at Vineland and Ventura has a GREAT salad bar rife w/ veggies
Well, it looks sort of like the set in a high school or college play, but a set that's been on stage for some time.
It's exactly what a high school set designer might think of if the staging read "they enter a fondue restaurant."
And, frankly, it's kinda worn and frayed and dusty. With dust. The decor is hokey beyond belief.
Skeezy is sort of a combination of hokiness and well-worn unkemptness.
Still, you can go in there and get an entire fondue dinner from the cheese to the wine or oil to the chocolate.
They offer a "salad", but it's just a teensy plate of iceberg with about three sliuces of mushroom or tomato.
You have to go knowing that it will be fun and gooey and decadent (in the fondue, anyhow) but that it's sorta cheap (and not in price, really)