ISO Dinner halfway between Santa Monica and Camarillo
I've done the PCH Malibu side and want to venture to the 101 valley side. I figure Canoga Park is around halfway between Santa Monica and Camarillo. Do you have any recs for a good dinner somewhere not too far off the 101 somewhere in the Canoga Park vicinity? It can be as far out as Calabasas.
Only stipulations are that the restaurant be neither a sushi joint nor a steakhouse.
Otherwise, open to all ethnic cuisines. Price is not a factor, but value is.
How about the Saddle Peak Lodge? A little farther than Calabasas -- on Piuma Rd., off Las Virgenes -- but the little extra driving may be worth the great setting and terrific food and service.
Or, closer to the freeway and actually IN Canoga Park (well, probably Woodland Hills, but who knows where the line is?), you might give Roy's a shot. I've had several very nice meals there.
If the weather is nice, you might also think about King's, the fish restaurant at The Commons in Calabasas. It's not as good as either of the above, but if you are in the mood for a martini and a couple of dozen oysters, it's your kind of place.
King's at the Calabasas Commons is good - part of a small chain - nothing fancy but it's fun and the setting is nice - you can also try Villa Piacere on Ventura near Shoup - nice patio, good service with a good menu. http://www.villapiacere.com/
I also like Sol Y Luna in Tarzana for Mexican (on Ventura near Corbin) - good food and drinks.
IMO the cakes are worth much more than the several miles (5 to 10 minutes) from the 101. The deli sandwiches are worth a drive across the valley. When driving from Santa Monica to Camarillo it would seem that an "Excellent deli" is well worth a few extra minutes drive. L.A.'s best Reuben sandwich is worth the drive from Santa Monica or Camarillo alone. Yeah, I am saying drive past Art's & Canter's (which has some great house made thousand island dressing) and go to Brent’s Deli for a Reuben sandwich and a slice of chocolate cake.
19565 Parthenia Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324
Alcazar in Encino
Follow Your Heart in Canoga Park
Anarbagh for Indian
Madeline Bistro (not everyone here likes it, but Ive never had a bad meal)
Chili My Soul for very casual
Sagebrush Cantina can be fun w/ good nachos and margaritas