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hey i am new to the studio city. any ideas of fun things to do and yummy things to eat!! i would love to learn more about surrounding areas, i am from west la so i know the area over there well. any other helpful info. would be good!

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  1. Here are a few of my faves:

    Dining places:
    Boneyard Bistro
    Gangadin (indian)
    Asanebo (sushi)
    Art's (deli, not everything is good)
    Studio Yogurt
    Vegan Table
    Vegan Express
    Hugo's (american organic)
    Gelson's Deli and Salad Bar (supermarket deli and salad bar)
    Ca Del Sole
    Sushi Delivery USA
    Artisan Cheese Gallery

    Wine/beer shops:
    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 :

    Il Tiramisu
    Midori all you can eat sushi
    Sushi house of Taka
    Clay Oven
    Alcazar
    The Dressing Room (design your own salad)
    Cafe Bizou
    Cafe Cordiale
    Stanley's
    The Natural Cafe
    The Yogurt Zone
    Leda's Bake Shop
    Galette bakery
    La Fondue Bourgonione (dusty, skeezy inside, but fun for fondue)
    Marmalade Cafe
    Pita House
    Shiraz
    Gourmet on the Go

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    1. re: Diana

      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
      Max
      Joe Peep's
      Jinky's
      Hugo's Tacos
      More than Waffles (Encino)
      Caioti (on Tujunga)
      Nata's Pastries
      Spazio
      Belwood Bakery
      Bistro Garden (chocolate souffle)
      Romanov
      Risotto
      HealthyCa
      Minibar
      Ralph's at Vineland and Ventura has a GREAT salad bar rife w/ veggies

      1. re: Emme

        I second Minibar, and I especially second Nata's. I just found this place a week ago, what a gem!

      2. re: Diana

        When you say that La Fondue is dusty, are you saying that it needs to be dusted, or does that mean something else?
        And, prey tell, what does skeezy mean?

        1. re: kiwi

          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)

          1. re: kiwi

            If she's had the same experience I have, it means all the hokey knick knacks need dusted. Badly. I can't recommend it -- it's so expensive for what you get, the service is completely uncaring, and honestly the decor is Early Twentieth Century Cuckoo Clock.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              It is expensive..but I just love cheese and chocolate fondue. the wine or oil I could leave.

              I guess I shouldn't have returned the fondue pot we got at the wedding!

              1. re: Diana

                Bah... you can use any heavy saucepan, and a little tripod you can get anywhere, and a can of Sterno.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  thnk a crock pot would work to keep it melty after I melt cheese fondue on the stove or chocolate fondue in a doube boiler?

                  1. re: Diana

                    I don't see why not...

          2. re: Diana

            Don't forget Mistral! Great when you are in the mood to loose the flip flops and have a steak and pomme fritte.

            Also, Bamboo Cuisine in Sherman Oaks, pretty good Americanized Chinese food. Four n Twenty for home cooked pies. Katsu ya, after you've had Asanebo sushi.

          3. Here is a link that may help you. Some are in Sherman Oaks but all nearby:

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421279

            Also, I highly recommend Aroma Cafe on Tujunga, Artisan Cheese Gallery on Ventura/Laurel Canyon and Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks.

            1. 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).

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              1. re: adevejian

                I highly recommend Tama Sushi....

              2. 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).

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                1. re: Jerome

                  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!

                  1. re: Diana

                    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.

                    1. re: Jerome

                      Oh, sorry.

                      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!

                2. 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).

                  1. 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.

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                    1. re: lad1818

                      Farm boy is fabulous-don't forget the sushi there, too!

                      1. re: Diana

                        depending on your pocket book! Do not miss ASANEBO!!!!