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Cheap lunch in Calabasas?

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  • krez Aug 27, 2007 11:34 AM
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Okay, I know about all the decent expensive places, what about any good eats for lunch on the cheap? I've looked for down and dirty kind of fast food places - like japanese noodles, or korean or such - you know the kind you find in a strip mall. No luck. Am I just destined for high priced chains, etc?

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  1. Well, while not cheap, Gorikee in Woodland Hills is better than any of the chains out your way, and if you must spend at that level to eat, then make it an alternative. Far NE corner of center with Western Bagel and Jerry's Deli, etal.
    Hit the takeout counter or salad bar at Gelsons.

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    1. re: carter

      I'll have to try that another day - menu on sporq.com says closed Mondays.... :(

    2. Second Gelson's Rec.

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      1. re: Diana

        Another great find at Gelson's - the half sandwich and 2 sides deal. It's less than 6 bucks and it's enough food to make you full! For the sandwiches, they don't charge extra for things like avocado and you can choose any side from their deli case that's less than (I think) $7.99/lb. Their salads are good, their fruit is fresh, and they wrap it up well if you want it to go. Half chicken sandwich with fries from Wolfgang Puck Express in Gelson's is also so good but may be to "mainstream" for some. Hope this helps!

        1. re: gundy1814

          Gosh, I love Gelson's. My mother got one of those sandwiches from the deli and two sides to go before the last time she had to drive back home from here to gold country (up north). She said it was wonderful to stop halfway and dig in, and it was so big that she could only finish a half of the sandwich and one of the sides.

          We like the Jessica's antioxident salad, or something with quinoa. The sandwiches on foccacia are great, too.

      2. I used to work in Calabasas and unfortunately, the cheapest eats are at the deli section of Ralph's in the Commons or at Baja Fresh or Subway across the street. At Ralph's, I highly recommend their carnitas.

        1. It depends on what side of Calabasas you're on -- if you're on the Agoura side, there's a strip mall north of the freeway on Las Virgenes that has a few options (I like the Mexican joint there for cheap eats).

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Ah, do you mean Sharkey's? That place is decent.

            1. re: krez

              No, NORTH of the freeway. I used to work on Agoura Road there next to the Albertsons and now that I think about it, the sushi joint there next to the GNC and Sharkey's has a bento-box lunch that's pretty cheap (they only offer it if you buy it to-go).

              But the strip mall I'm actually thinking of is north of the freeway on Las Virgenes. The Mexican joint is called Santa Fe Cafe and is a popular spot with the nearby fire and sheriff stations.

              1. re: SauceSupreme

                Okay I fail at reading comprehension.... I don't think I've ventured north of the freeway. I'll add that to my list!

                I didn't know about the bento box - I'll add that too, thanks!

                1. re: SauceSupreme

                  I tried the Hanami Sushi bento today. The sushi bento - came with miso soup, not so good when it's like 110 degrees outside.... But the sushi was great for the price, $7. Thanks for the tip!

                  1. re: krez

                    I'm glad my work days in Calabasas helped someone. Getting a decent lunch was difficult, as the options are fairly limited. We'd sometimes go as far as Thousand Oaks or Reseda to get food (15 minute drive in either direction)

            2. There's a really great little lunch place in the Vons shopping center off Valley Circle at the freeway...It's a health food store called Health Nut...They have terrific sandwiches, and great salads. Their house made salad dressing is also amazing! I've been going there for over 25 years!

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              1. re: CynGriff

                Ah I just found that place for the first time a couple weeks ago. I had the chicken salad wrap, I think - It was fine but a little skimpy.

              2. I know it's not Calabasas, and it's like a ten minute drive, but one day, treat yourself to the salad bar at the Whole Foods in Thousand Oaks. It really is an *experience* and worth every cent spent on the gas and time to go there. Bars and bars of fresh salad ingredients; bars and bars of prepared salads; massive section of hot food options... I wish I were closer now!

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                1. re: Emme

                  It was nice when I went there, but instead of "bars and Bars" I saw two bars, a deli and the bakery. Better than most, but not as good as Santa Monica Whole foods.

                  1. re: Diana

                    are we sure we're talking about the same place? the one i went to was *massive*

                    1. re: Emme

                      we are, and perhaps you haven't been to Santa Monica to compare?

                      There were about two bars and a deli counter out on the floor, then the other half of the deli along the wall with the pizza area/sushi area. About as big as Woodland Hills

                      Now in SM, they have about four bars of prepped foods, an island style deli on the floor, pizza area, sushi area, bakery, circular cheese counter, prepped cold fish salad area, pre packaged mediterranian food/health food to go area and more. All in what seems to be a smaller store. maybe it's just crammed fuller.

                      1. re: Diana

                        funny i go to the SM one all the time. i don't find it particularly large at all. average. i'm talking strictly about the do-it-yourself salad and hot bars though, not including what's available at sushi/prepped food/pizza counter areas, which may very well outdo TO.

                        perhaps i have memory issues as i haven't been to TO in a while, but i recall there being three or four bars and each one being much wider than any i'd seen before... correct my memory please if i'm just totally off base.