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New to Sherman Oaks - breakfast? delivery? hotspots?

Hi!
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!!!

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  1. 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).

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    Jinky's Cafe
    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

    1. 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.

      1. You will find a wealth of previously posted info if you bother to do a search.

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        1. re: Maxmillion

          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! :)

          1. re: amapola

            Really? Bc a simple punch in of "sherman oaks" into the search space gets you 192 previous posts of varying degrees of specificity.

            I'm just sayin'...

            1. re: Maxmillion

              Exactly, "varying"....

        2. 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.

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          Aroma Cafe
          2530 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          1. Another breakfast rec--Nat's Early Bite on Burbank & Hazeltine. Great omelettes; excellent, homey breakfasts overall.

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            1. re: archer

              +1 Best breakfast in L.A.

              1. re: archer

                I agree as well about Nat's. They also have the best drip coffee.

                1. re: archer

                  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.

                  1. re: archer

                    you beat me to it - Nat's is great and - as posted above - so is Aroma on Tujunga in Studio City (it's dog friendly too if that matters to you)

                  2. 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.

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                    1. re: Bob Brooks

                      We order from Siam Cabin. It's decent.

                      1. re: klaatu

                        For veggie chili try Chili My Soul 4928 Balboa Blvd
                        next door to 16847 Ventura Blvd in Encino 818) 981-7685
                        http://www.chilimysoul.com/

                        They make different chilis every day in a variety of heat levels and also have other foods to eat.

                    2. 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.

                      HealthyCa

                      Alcazar

                      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

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                      1. re: Emme

                        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

                        Art's Deli

                        Vegan Plate in Studio City

                        Darband for Persian and a bunch of vegan options

                        La Loggia

                        La Frite

                        Lotus Inn China Bistro

                        Vegan Factory

                        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

                        1. re: Emme

                          Eme, have you been to Alexis greek in porter ranch? I know you will love it, great veggie and non veggie options, fabulous htapodi, and yummy desserts!

                          Beats Graikos by a mile!

                          1. re: Diana

                            I'm really never out that way unfortunately, but I will stockpile it in my list of "If I'm here, I must try..."

                            Perhaps a CH outting is in order...

                            1. re: Diana

                              Did Alexis move? Last time I checked it was on Tampa and Nordhoff in Northridge.

                              1. re: boogiebaby

                                Porter ranch and Northridge are so close together, I'm never entirely sure.!

                                1. re: Diana

                                  Porter Ranch is north of the 118 Fwy, Northridge is south of it, meaning around the Tampa offramp.

                            2. re: Emme

                              Tufaan is closed.

                              1. re: krez

                                When did it close? I could've sworn I drove by it the other day... Perhaps it was my imagination?

                                1. re: Emme

                                  Not sure, its at least been 4 or 5 months because that's when I first saw it. There is a sign that a new Indian place will open there soon though.

                                  1. re: krez

                                    wow. i am unobservant. sheesh.

                          2. 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.

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                            1. re: krez

                              I had to reply to my post because the link button was messed up....

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                              Cucina Bene
                              4511 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

                              Simon's Café
                              4515 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

                              Whole Foods Market
                              4520 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

                              Dressing Room
                              14622 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

                              1. re: krez

                                for a great diner breakfast (or lunch) - my fav is Nat's Early Bite, on Burbank Blvd near Woodman. an added highlight is the great retro toy store next door.

                            2. May be some repeats, but in Sherman oaks/Studio city I go for

                              Simon's Place
                              Gelson's deli salad bar and soup bar (also the bakery)
                              Whole foods deli
                              Hong Kong 88
                              Kyushu Ramen
                              99 Ranch market deli or bakery
                              House of Taka (sushi, I know)
                              Carnival
                              Cedar House
                              Hugo's
                              Marmalade-good omlettes!
                              Clay Oven
                              Gangadin
                              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

                              1. 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.

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                                1. re: writerinla

                                  Passage to india is filthy and not really all that great. Most Indian places allow you to choose heat level. Clay oven is close and really good.

                                  Tell me more about Brami's though, I keep passing it and wanting to try! It's menu looks so good!

                                  1. re: writerinla

                                    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.

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                                    Brammi's Kosher Pizza
                                    17736 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

                                  2. 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.

                                    1. 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...

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                                      1. re: CynGriff

                                        Ha ha. I love the name of that Pho restaurant, "Absolutely Phobulous"! Funny.
                                        I agree about Lannathai. Their food is inconsistant. I really do not care for it or the other Thai around the corner, across from the Amazon Bar. Boo.

                                      2. 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

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                                        1. re: tofueater

                                          I tried California Pita and it was terrible. It's different owners than the one further west.

                                        2. Oops (previous post), I forgot you're a vegetarian....definitely go to
                                          Studio City Farmers market. The Hollywood Farmer's market (plus the
                                          permanent one) and the Santa Monica Farmer's market are wonderful
                                          too.

                                          Los Angeles Farmers Markets
                                          http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                                          1. 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.

                                            1. 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

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                                              1. re: tnsquire

                                                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.

                                                1. re: Jwsel

                                                  Jwsel, I agree with you but tnsquire did mention Lido Pizza, which is our favorite pizza place. Great sauce, crust, generous toppings, etc.

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                                                  Lido Pizza
                                                  15232 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

                                              2. 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.

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                                                1. re: Gourmet Pilot

                                                  Second the Artisan Cheese Gallery. It's my favorite sandwich place.

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                                                  Artisan Cheese Gallery
                                                  12023 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA

                                                  1. re: Gourmet Pilot

                                                    G.P. I really enjoy both of those sandwiches, my favorite thing to pick up on the way to Hollywood Bowl.