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Eateries Around Cal State Northridge?

Hey even though I've already spent a semester at CSUN, I'm not familiar with the eateries in the area. Usually it's because I have very little time between classes, so I usually pack a lunch, or eat at the on campus eateries. This semester I have a two hour break around noon, so I was wondering if anyone could recommend any good(and cheap) eats. Thanks!

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  1. Michelline's Pita Pockets is pretty good. They have a number of sandwiches which come on freshly made bread. Lunch should be around $7, but I haven't been there in a while. :)

    It's on Reseda and Nordhoff, in the same parking lot as Baja Fresh and Von's.

    Here's a link from a few months ago that I think has some very good suggestions. :)


    Pita Pockets
    9127 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

    1. Also for falafels and such near by is Falafel Palace a couple of blocks north of Nordhoff.

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      1. re: chuck

        I'll second Falafel Palace, I used to go there for lunch when I worked in Chatsworth back in the '90s.

      2. I like Top Thai for Kao Soi (noodles) and Mandarin Deli for Spicy Beef (Hand Cut) Noodle Soup and Scallion Pancakes, both on Reseda Blvd.

        Top Thai Cuisine
        7333 Reseda Blvd.
        Reseda, CA 91335

        Mandarin Deli
        9305 Reseda Blvd
        Northridge, CA 91324-2927

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        1. re: sel

          Second Top Thai. Ravanelli's Pizza (on Reseda/Chase) and there is a Hot Wing Place that people have mentioned next door to it that I cannot recall the name of.

          1. re: WildSwede

            Oh, how could I forget my fave - Cupid's? Right across the street fron CSUN on Lindley just south of Nordhoff. QTs Hot Dogs is pretty good - in the strip mall on the SE corner of Reseda/Parthenia. They have Gyros. There is also a Thai BBQ in there and a Subway. There is an Italian pizza place on the corner of Reseda and Rayen.

        2. Very good indian shops with food counters in the back on reseda right near campus. Also grab a few pre-made bites in the EE market (too bad the cafe closed)

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          1. re: Diana

            Diana, I would love to know where those indian places are. I can't believe I've missed them!

          2. I ate many a sandwich from My Hero in my CSUN days. It's on Plummer just east of Reseda and very close to campus.

            1. As a former Matador, I also recommend 3 places already mentioned: Falafel Palace, Mandarin Deli, and My Hero.

              1. A&W on Reseda at Prairie for dim sum (served from carts).
                Falafel Palace on Reseda for good gyros and falafel
                India Sweets & Spices on Parthenia at Lindley for vegetarian indian fast food
                Catch 21 on Reseda and Devonshire has great salads that you customize
                Rincome on Balboa and Devonshire for great Thai food

                Also, if you like Korean food, Galleria Market on Reseda and Devonshire has a Korean food court with several different vendors, including a Roseberry frozen yogurt stall.

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                1. re: boogiebaby

                  Tell me more about Catch 21. Do they also serve seafood?

                  1. re: Diana

                    yes six or seven kinds of fish prepared one or two ways. you order at the counter and sit down and they bring it to you. it's good; fresh. we used to eat at a catch 21 in encino years ago. the one in northridge is reliablely fresh.

                2. E&E Cafe located on the second floor above Panda Express (eeww) at the NE corner of Reseda & Nordhoff has awesome Japanese-style curry. It's owned by 2 Japanese sisters -- they are so very nice. They have different kinds of tea you can drink hot or iced (all-you-can-drink) and homemade desserts. Good thing is they give discounts to CSUN students! It has been my go-to lunch spot when I used to go to CSUN 10 years ago and I still go there now with my husband & kids. It's a great alternative to reheat & pre-packaged fast-food joints.

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                  1. re: PinayFoodie

                    As I said above E&E cafe closed. It closed a while back

                  2. All of these suggestions sound great! I did a bit of roaming today and I did manage to find that shopping center where Pita Pocket and Baja Fresh are. It looks like I'm definitely not going to get bored with all of the food choices mentioned. Thanks again! :)

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                    1. re: GreenEyeStan

                      There is an Indian deli in back of the market next to Washington Mutual on Reseda and Nordhoff...vegetarian plate lunches around $5. It's not fabulous, but it is a good, filling deal.

                    2. First, I must put in another vote for My Hero sandwiches on the north east corner of Plummer and Reseda. The bread is soft and warm, and they have this great chopped tomato mixture that comes on their sandwiches. I always get the roast beef with cheese, and have never been disappointed.

                      Another option is Hot's Tacos. It's on the north west corner of Reseda and Devonshire, in the same strip mall as Outback Steakhouse and Albertson's. Catch 21, mentioned above, is also there, as is Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

                      1. The Vons shopping center at the corner of Reseda/Nordhoff has a decent Chinese restaurant with reasonably priced lunches, the Hot Wok Cafe. They have the only good egg foo yong I have eaten in years, something I tried because of a recommendation on Chowhound. Even though it's not on the menu, they will make it with tofu if you ask.

                        Delicious Bakery in the same shopping center is good for fresh bread. Also try the "football" coffee cake. You can ask them to slice it in the machine if you like it done thin.