New to Sherman Oaks - breakfast? delivery? hotspots?
I am moving to Sherman Oaks next week and I'm looking for the following:
1) great breakfast/brunch spots with great omelettes
2) any good restaurants with delivery
3) your favorite restaurants
I'm open to all Sherman Oaks, Encino, Van Nuys, Valley Village, Studio City and environs.
Also I'm vegetarian, so sushi and steak houses are not of interest.
Many thanks in advance for your help!!!
For breakfast, you can't go wrong with Jinky's Cafe on Stansbury & Ventura. Not sure about their omelettes, but they have killer Huevos Rancheros.
As for delivery, I'm not sure what makes one place "good" over another, but some of the best pizza in LA is at D'Amores just west of Van Nuys Blvd. also on Ventura. Get the sicilian pie...it's expensive but amazing!
And my favorites...Mr. Cecil's for ribs, The Great Greek for fun, and Cozy's for great music (though the food is little more than upscale bar grub).
14120 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
D'Amores Pizza Connection
14519 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403
Mr Cecil's California Ribs
13625 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Great Greek Restaurant
13362 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Cozy's Bar & Grill
14058 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Carnival on Woodman and Moorpark (Lebanese)
Cedar House on Fulton and Riverside (Lebanese)
Tony's Mexican Grill on Magnolia and Coldwater
Leonor's Mexican Vegetarian on Coldwater & Moorpark (also on on Magnolia and Laurel)
Hugo's on Riverside and Coldwater for lots of vegetarian and organic options and great breakfasts
Good luck and welcome to the 'hood.
Sorry... I DID search and it appears that the search function on this board is rather clunky. I was not able to come up with anywhere close the number of recommendations that this thread generated.
Many thanks to all those who responded with suggestions! Looks like I have a lot of places to try! :)
My favorite breakfast spot is Aroma Cafe on Tujunga in Studio City. Excellent breakfast and lunch and great ambiance, love the omelettes. They also have quite a few vegetarian options. http://www.aromacoffeeandtea.com/
I also like Jinky's as mentioned above. I had great pumpkin pecan pancakes there once.
2530 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
My old stomping grounds!!
Robbie Macs for pizza by the slice. Happy Hour Specials. Cheap$
Gelson's - I lived off the salad bar and deli for years.Great for solo evenings. Grab a fresh chocolate croissant and latte in the morning too!
Humphrey's Yogurt (same plaza as Gelson's) Fresh and made on the spot. The frozen kind of course!
Clay Oven - Good Indian food.You have to try their Chai Tea.
Grandma's Thai (North Hollywood) Didn't like the Thai in Sherman Oaks.
Casa Vega - Good Margaritas and chile rellenos.
La Fogata Mexican - Cheap$. Good Chilaquiles for breakfast. I always went for breakfast becuase every other place was much too crowded.
Jinky's is good for breakfast. Their service isn't always the best though.
The best omelet in the Valley is to be found at La Fogata, 5142 Van Nuys blvd. Their omelets are perfectly cooked and I'm sure you can do their Ranchero omelet without meat.
This is an order at the counter type of place but the dining area is quite pleasant.
I can't recommend a better breakfast spot in the entire SFV; do do try it!
Sorry I can't be more helpful for vegetarian delivery options, except to suggest some of the Thai places on the boulevard. Perhaps Siam Cabin might be up to the task.
Second the recs for Jinky's, Hugo's, Carnival...
I plug it a lot, but you can't beat the donuts at K's Donut Emporium at Ventura/Bev Glen... worth every calorie.
More than Waffles in Encino for breakfast fare
Chili My Soul in Encino def has veggie chilis
Next door, Salads Galore
Stanley's on Ventura in Sherman Oaks
The Dressing Room for salads
Kung Pao Bistro for americanized Chinese
Nata's Pastries... LOVE this place
Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana is right up your alley, as is Follow Your Heart
Honestly, Solley's/Jerry's does great omelettes esp if you want healthy w/ whites and no butter/oil; I do not reccommend any other dishes here tho :)
Farm Boy... my recent obsession for yogurt, produce, etc.
Joe Peep's Pizza
Spazio for their Sunday brunch
Mogo's Mongolian BBQ
Oliva Italian Grill
Marmalade is of course there too
Not everyone's favorite, but I really like the salads and the grilled balsamic vegetable appetizer at Sisley
Couple of other yummy spots...
Sompun (just had dinner here last week)... spicy eggplant yummy!!!
Aromi Cafe on Ventura has great pastries and gelato
Green Leaf on Magnola is one of my new fave spots even though I love Carnival
Tufaan-India on Sepulveda has a great lunch buffet
Despite its haters, Zankou is on Sepulveda
Grandma's Thai Kitchen--lots of veg options/menu
Belwood Bakery in Studio City for great breads and sandwiches and egg salad
Caioti for unique pizzas and Italian on Tujunga (next to Aroma and down the street from Mark's Power Yoga where you can burn off you pizza ;)
Coral Tree Cafe in Encino for choc chip pancakes
Du-Pars in Studio City for buttermilk pancakes
Krua Thai at Sherman Way and Coldwater
Tony's Mexican at Coldwater/Magnolia
Vegan Plate in Studio City
Darband for Persian and a bunch of vegan options
Lotus Inn China Bistro
If you find yourself over in Northridge, Cafe Graikos (half the menu is veggie and awesome lentil pilaf and stuffed eggplant) and Lum Ka Naad
Jinky's not my favorite, but I haven't had their omelettes.
Cucine Bene is nice for dinner. I've been there a couple times.
Simon's has great Hummous and veggie appetizers, etc. (Morroccan).
There is a Whole Foods which has lots of veggie items for take out.
The Dressing Room has really good build-your-own salads.
I had to reply to my post because the link button was messed up....
4511 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
4515 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Whole Foods Market
4520 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403
14622 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403
May be some repeats, but in Sherman oaks/Studio city I go for
Gelson's deli salad bar and soup bar (also the bakery)
Whole foods deli
Hong Kong 88
99 Ranch market deli or bakery
House of Taka (sushi, I know)
Farm Boy for sushi and veggies and fro yo
Leda's Bake shop for breakfast scones and muffins, cookies,brownies and cupcakes
Boneyard Bistro for a bbq portabello sandwich, sweet potato fries and beer
Robin Hood for fish and chips and beer
Cafe Bizou to stand around waiting (apparently) for good salads and $2 corkage
Cafe Cordiale for good salads
The Dressing Room for design my own salads
Le pain Quotidean for breads and stuff
Great Greek for a good veggie platter
Artisan Cheese Gallery for cheeses and sandwiches
vendome Toluca lake for Saturday beer tastings at 2
Il Tiramisu for Italian
Yogurt Zone or Studio Yogurt for fro yo
I've been a vegetarian for years, and I lived in Sherman Oaks, so I can recommend a few places:
A couple of people have mentioned Kung Pao Bistro on Ventura - it's pretty decent, and sure to ask for their "secret" vegetarian menu, which has some of their meat dishes made with wheatmeat instead. Their orange "chicken" is particularly good that way.
If you want to venture over to Reseda, there's a place on Reseda Blvd. a few blocks north of Ventura called "Garden Wok", which is a strictly vegetarian Chinese restaurant with a large variety of meat substitutes.
Over on Burbank and Hazeltine, across the street from Nat's Early Bite (I can attest to it, the omelettes are killer) is "Passage to India", an Indian place (of course) which has a large number of vegetarian items on the menu. Great thing about that place is if you like spicy food, you can ask for it "phall", which will knock your socks off, if you're into that.
Also on Ventura, near Woodman, is Taste of India, another good Indian place with lots of vegetarian.
On Ventura near Beverly Glen is a branch of the mini chain Leaf, organic and mostly vegetarian food. Good for lunch.
Prime Italian on Magnolia and Hazeltine is good for delivery pizza. They make a nice one with fried eggplant.
Also try Barone's on Woodman and Oxnard for good basic Italian and Pizza.
Carnival on Woodman, good middle eastern.
Way up where I live now in Van Nuys, there's a great vegetarian restaurant called Brami's on Sherman Way and White Oak. it's a pizza place, but they have a lot more than that. They only drawback is that they are closed Friday nights and Saturday day. But great cheap vegetarian food.
Brami's Kosher Pizza has two location one in Reseda on Sherman Way and one in North Hollywood on Victory Blvd. They offer a huge menu it's all Kosher and Vegetarian. They have Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern (Falafel), Soups, Sandwiches, and lots more. I find that they are very friendly. They deliver and cater to the entire San Fernando Valley and to all occasions. If you haven't given them a try yet YOU SHOULD. Enjoy and good luck.
Brammi's Kosher Pizza
17736 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335
to throw my two cents in the ring... Nat's Early Bite is good. Home-y, coffee shop/diner food. Four 'n Twenty on Van Nuys and Burbank is similar... good pies there. A place I haven't seen mentioned (maybe it's a bit out of the way) is Jumpin' Java on Ventura in Studio City for breakfast stuff. Very good. For delivery, I go with Kung Pao Bistro on Ventura in Sherman Oaks. Aroma Cafe on Tujunga is a place I've been meaning to check out for breakfast... heard it's really good. can only vouge for their coffee at the moment.
I may be repeating some of the great suggestions you already have but here goes: Leonor's for great vegetarian, Hugo's for breakfast, Cici's for breakfast, Max for eclectic, Ole for tapas, Koraku for Japanese noodles, Barone's or Mulberry Street for pizza, jinky's for breakfast (they even have vegetarian chorizo), Absolutely Phobulous for Vietnamese, Taj Mahal has really good Indian and they'll devier to S.O. (theire Baigin Bartha is the best!!!), Maria's for good basic Italian...Kung Pao Bistro does have a great vegan menu, and Siam Cabin has consistently good Thai food...You can find great boba drinks at Lannathai but their food is really inconsistent...
1) Yeah, Jinky's has good omelettes, waffles, etc...
If you are into waffles try "More Than Waffles" in Encino
Du-par's (Studio City) for cinnamon toast - across the street
from great Farmers Market every Sunday morning
Farmers Market - sell good breakfast burritos & crepes
2-3) Spumonis (good food / bargain), Marias (pizza bianchi), Rostis (good risotto),
Joe Peeps (killer pizza), Pita Kitchen (good food / bargain), Carnival, Great Greek,
Daphnes (Encino), Kung Pao's, Uncle Chens (Encino), Iwata Sushi, Gelson sushi
(earlier fresher), Simons Cafe, Mr. Cecil's Ribs (or Costcos), Clay Oven, etc
I like Good Earth on Ventura. It's one of the last survivors of a chain. They have a killer orange chicken with soba and a lot of vegetarian options plus a small bakery.
cheese cake factory in the gallera,thai food is for me anajak on ventura blvd across from the cvs ask for richard hes the owner been going there for 20 years .marmalade cafe .is romans any good ? rive gauche for french food .barrons pizza on woodman and oxnard.if you like old school pizza try lidos in van nuys on sepulveda and victory
That's a pretty scary list. Cheesecake Factory is large portions, but not very good food. Marmalade is okay in a pinch. Rive Gauche has nice atmosphere but the food is only decent. It's a nice party place, especially for a ladies brunch, but not anything special food wise.
Roman's is awful. The wraps are gloppy with far more dressing and sauce than they need. The only thing I consider edible there are the flatbread pizzas.
I know it was kind of buried in the thread, so I want to highlight that The Artisian Cheese Gallery makes the sandwiches of the gods. The Bacon and Chedder sandwich with fresh sage and grilled apples is one of the best bites anywhere. I usually get the ACG Muffaletta with salami, spicy capicolla, mortadella, mozzarella on an Olive Batard.